OpenStack has reached critical mass in terms of users. The goal now is to better define what technologies can call themselves OpenStack,  improving interoperability between OpenStack clouds.

OpenStack has reached critical mass in terms of users. The goal now is to better define what technologies can call themselves OpenStack, improving interoperability between OpenStack clouds.

Red Hat and Dell Partner on OpenStack

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After launching a collaboration late last year Red Hat and Dell announced the availability Dell Red Hat Cloud Solutions powered by Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform. The solutions are are pre-tested solutions designed to let customers adopt a private cloud that enables cost reduction and improved agility.

Proof of concept configurations are designed for customers looking to explore OpenStack capabilities, research deployment options, pilot application deployments, and begin the development of an OpenStack cloud environment. Pilot configurations are designed for testing cloud applications, and for customers beginning a production environment. For customers seeking massive scale-out designs, Dell Cloud Services will engage with customers to design and architect OpenStack-based clouds, building upon the years of experience Dell and Red Hat have with OpenStack technologies.

“Cloud innovation is happening first in open source, and what we’re seeing from global customers is growing demand for open hybrid cloud solutions that meet a wide variety of requirements,” said Paul Cormier, President, Products and Technologies at Red Hat. “Whether it is enterprise-grade private cloud solutions, or DevOps solutions to build applications for both public and private clouds, through our expanded work with Dell, we’re focused on delivering the flexible solutions that meet these varied needs.”

The two companies will also work within the OpenShift community to build OpenShift solutions that provide support for enterprise application developers looking for efficient ways to make their current and future data and applications more portable and accessible.  Dell’s OpenShift integration is a necessary step toward Dell and Red Hat co-engineering next-generation Linux Container enhancements from Docker. These solutions help companies with compatibility for PaaS offerings within enterprise environments, and developers to write applications using any language to be portable across public, private and hybrid cloud environments.

The OpenShift-based solution will provide support for customers to use within their frameworks and databases, through the use of Docker-based images and cartridges, with the goal of enabling integration with any other platform that supports Docker, including public clouds. Dell and Red Hat have partnered for more than 14 years to bring global customers value by collaborating on Red Hat solutions across Dell’s enterprise offerings.

“Dell is a long-time supporter of OpenStack and this important extension of our commitment to the community now will include work for OpenShift and Docker, which we think will help customers with choice in cloud resources, and application development and optimization,” said Sam Greenblatt, Vice President, Enterprise Solutions Group Technology Strategy at Dell. “We are building on our long history with open source and will apply that expertise to our new cloud solutions and co-engineering work with Red Hat.”

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John Rath is a veteran IT professional and regular contributor at Data Center Knowledge. He has served many roles in the data center, including support, system administration, web development and facility management.

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