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Red Hat extends cloud offerings promising greater openess

05 Dec 2012
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Red Hat is continuing its cloud computing and virtualisation momentum with a new version of its Enterprise Virtualisation platform, an updated CloudForms 1.1 hybrid cloud management tool, and three new hybrid cloud solutions.

The open source giant said that today's announcements demonstrate that it is leading the way in providing the full set of capabilities that enterprise customers require in order to realise an open cloud strategy.

"Red Hat and open source are both at the forefront of IT and cloud trends, driving true innovation in the industry," said Paul Cormier, president of products and technologies at Red Hat.

Available immediately, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualisation (RHEV) 3.1 includes a number of performance and scalability improvements, now supporting virtual machines with up to 160 logical CPUs and up to 2 terabytes of memory each.

This version also integrates with the Red Hat Storage (RHS) platform based on the Gluster technology, enabling customers to link their RHEV infrastructure to a highly scalable, cost-effective shared storage resource.

Integration means that customers will be able to deploy and manage RHS using the same management tools as RHEV, according to Red Hat, while an update coming in early 2013 will add the ability to support live storage migration, a key feature of rival VMware's platform.

Also released today is CloudForms 1.1, an updated version of Red Hat's tool for creating and managing infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) hybrid clouds, offering significantly expanded management capabilities including LDAP support and the ability to organise systems into groups to apply updates and other actions.

Red Hat also added new offerings to its open hybrid cloud solutions portfolio, which already includes the OpenShift Enterprise platform-as-a-service (PaaS) product launched last week and RHS.

The Red Hat Hybrid IaaS Solution brings together a comprehensive set of components to speed building of an IaaS cloud, including RHEV, CloudForms and Red Hat Enterprise Linux to power the guest virtual machines.

Meanwhile, the Red Hat Cloud with Virtualisation Bundle includes tools needed to build and manage a cloud, including RHEV and CloudForms.

Completing the line-up is the Open IaaS Architecture Service, via which Red Hat will design, install and optimise a private or hybrid cloud deployment to a customer's requirements.

CloudForms 1.1, the Red Hat Hybrid IaaS Solution, the Red Hat Cloud with Virtualisation Bundle and the Open IaaS Architecture Service are all globally available today, the firm said.

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Daniel Robinson

Daniel Robinson is technology editor at V3, and has been working as a technology journalist for over two decades. Dan has served on a number of publications including PC Direct and enterprise news publication IT Week. Areas of coverage include desktops, laptops, smartphones, enterprise mobility, storage, networks, servers, microprocessors, virtualisation and cloud computing.

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