Red Hat has released a preview build of an enterprise-ready OpenStack cloud build based on its Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, and promised to deliver a fully supported version early next year.
The new build, available to download now, is an unsupported public preview that combines the open-source OpenStack cloud computing framework with Red Hat's Enterprise Linux 6 and will enable customers to build and operate private, public or hybrid cloud computing infrastructure.
Red Hat first disclosed its intention to deliver a version of the OpenStack cloud computing platform for business customers earlier this year when it joined the OpenStack Foundation, the governing body created to oversee the open-source project.
The company said it has been developing its OpenStack build with the help of a group of enthusiastic early adopter customers, and that the project has now progressed to the point where it is now able to open it up to wider public testing of the platform and its usage with other Red Hat products.
"Our current productisation efforts are focused around hardening an integrated solution of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and OpenStack to deliver an enterprise-ready solution that enables enterprises worldwide to realise infrastructure clouds," said Red Hat chief technology officer, Brian Stevens.
"We invite OpenStack enthusiasts and enterprises interested in the technology to download our preview and provide feedback to help us accelerate the delivery of a stable OpenStack enterprise platform for the industry."
Red Hat's preview build is based on the current Essex release of the OpenStack platform, while the fully supported release package will be based on the upcoming Folsom version, the firm said.
Red Hat already offers its own portfolio of cloud computing tools, including Red Hat Enterprise Virtualisation, Red Hat CloudForms, Red Hat Storage and Red Hat OpenShift Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) for application delivery.
The announcement complements its existing line-up, according to Red Hat, although a sceptical observer may conclude that the firm has seen which the way the wind is blowing, as OpenStack gathers momentum in the cloud computing market.
Red Hat's development puts the firm behind rival Linux developer Canonical, which has already integrated OpenStack support into its Ubuntu 12.04 LTS release.
Red Hat also said it is working closely with partners such as Rackspace to provide fully managed Red Hat OpenStack-powered clouds in the future.
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