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Red Hat advances OpenStack technologies

Announces OpenStack early adopter programme, open source RDO community

Stevens: OpenStack represents an ideal example of community-powered innovation in the cloud.
Stevens: OpenStack represents an ideal example of community-powered innovation in the cloud.

Open source solutions provider Red Hat, Inc today announced updates to its OpenStack enterprise and community technologies and roadmap, including the advancement of its enterprise Red Hat OpenStack offering into an early adopter programme and the availability of RDO, a community-supported distribution of OpenStack that runs on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Fedora and their derivatives.

In addition, Red Hat today also announced Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner Network, a global ecosystem of technology and services partners to help accelerate the adoption of Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure solutions.

"OpenStack represents an ideal example of community-powered innovation in the cloud, and Red Hat is committed to bringing a community-to-subscription model around the OpenStack technology that aims to redefine IT," said Brian Stevens, CTO and vice president, Worldwide Engineering, Red Hat.

"We support the OpenStack ecosystem through software development and community engagement and are excited to continue advancing these technologies with the community through RDO and for our enterprise customers with advancements with our Red Hat OpenStack distribution today."

In August 2012, Red Hat announced the availability of the preview release of its Red Hat OpenStack distribution, based on the OpenStack framework for building and managing private, public and hybrid Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) clouds. Red Hat described the launch as "the first step in its plans for the industry's only enterprise-ready OpenStack distribution with Red Hat's award-winning commercial support, certified ecosystem of hardware and application vendors and leadership in delivering trusted open source clouds for organisations worldwide requiring enterprise-grade solutions and support".


Today, Red Hat announced its Red Hat OpenStack distribution has advanced from the preview version into an early adopter programme. The Red Hat OpenStack Preview was based on the community Essex release. Today's Red Hat OpenStack early adopter programme is based on the community Folsom release.

Accessible beginning today, RDO is a freely available, community-supported distribution of OpenStack that runs on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Fedora and their derivatives. It offers a pure upstream OpenStack experience with the latest stable release from OpenStack.org, packaged, integrated and easy to deploy on Red Hat platforms. The community at openstack.redhat.com offers the opportunity to interact with other users of OpenStack on Red Hat platforms, to share knowledge and build capacity.

RDO brings the core OpenStack components - Nova, Glance, Keystone, Cinder, Quantum, Swift and Horizon - as well as incubating projects Heat, for cloud application orchestration, and Ceilometer, for resource monitoring. Installation is said to be made easy with the Red Hat-developed installation tool, PackStack.

In addition to providing a set of software packages, RDO is also a place for users of the cloud computing platform on Red Hat operating systems to get help and compare notes on running OpenStack. Users of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and its derivatives now have a place where they can get official packages of the latest software released by the upstream OpenStack project, for their platform of choice.

RDO is available for download today. Customers interested in the Red Hat OpenStack early adopter programme can contact their Red Hat sales representative. The Red Hat OpenStack early adopter code is now available via a free 90-day evaluation.

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