Red Hat has launched an initiative to help drive the adoption of the OpenStack cloud framework in enterprise data centres.
Attempts at encouraging uptake include a hosted demonstration platform where users can try out Red Hat's OpenStack build, plus a series of workshops across North America and Europe aimed at IT staff.
The new initiative, called On-Ramp to Enterprise OpenStack, is being undertaken in partnership with Intel, with the aim of educating customers about the benefits and capabilities of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform running on Intel servers.
OpenStack – which was recently updated with its eighth release, codenamed Havana – is an open-source project for managing infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud environments. So far, the platform has enjoyed most success in the public cloud arena, where service providers have been using it to build and manage infrastructure to serve customers.
However, the move by Red Hat and Intel marks a shift to target enterprise customers that may be looking to build a private cloud inside their own data centre, a sector of the market currently dominated by VMware.
Red Hat's On-Ramp programme comprises TestFlight, a hosted multi-tenant test environment where potential users can evaluate Red Hat's Enterprise Linux OpenStack running on Intel Xeon servers, combined with the On-Ramp to Enterprise OpenStack Road Tour.
The latter will see a series of workshops take place across North America and Europe, where users will be able to get instructor-led training and hands-on workshops within the TestFlight environment. The workshops will begin in early 2014, according to Red Hat, and customers can sign up on the firm's website.
In a statement, Red Hat said that it and Intel are two of the largest contributors to open source software, and so the collaboration is an extension of the work the pair have done in the past on projects such as Linux.
"Like Linux in its early days, collaboration among technology industry leaders can help foster enterprise adoption of OpenStack," said Radhesh Balakrishnan, general manager for Virtualisation at Red Hat.
"As Red Hat's OpenStack vision and solutions gain momentum, On-Ramp to Enterprise OpenStack represents the next level of our collaboration with Intel, and I am excited about the opportunity we mutually face to help demystify OpenStack and show enterprise organisations its true potential."
Red Hat has already pinned its colours firmly to OpenStack, warning organisations earlier this year that OpenStack is the only way to avoid a vendor lock-in when adopting a cloud strategy.
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