AUSTIN: Dell has announced a new partnership with open-source software company Red Hat to engineer private cloud offerings built on both Dell infrastructure and the Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform.
Dell claims the deal makes it the first company to OEM the OpenStack platform, while at the same time help customers move to and deploy scalable cloud computing models.
"Now we're building on our very long relationship with Red Hat, I'm pleased to announce that we're entering a partnership to co-engineer enterprise-grade OpenStack with Red Hat," announced the firm's chief executive Michael Dell during a keynote at the Dell World conference in Texas on Thursday.
"This means that any Linux-based operating system [OS] can be employed within OpenStack. We're providing platform as a service that is open and free."
Dell thinks the deal will help businesses adopt open-source based cloud computing models, while also contributing code to the OpenStack community. The partnership means Dell will also collaborate on Red Hat's Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 4, which is currently in beta and integrates OpenStack Havana, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Hypervisor and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5.
The companies announced that they plan to work together on several future projects, including OpenStack Networking (Neutron), which will enable software-defined networking and networking as a service between interface devices such as virtual network interface cards, as well as OpenStack Telemetry (Ceilometer), to help support service monitoring and customer billing systems.
The joint Dell and Red Hat solution will be available in 2014, the companies said.
On Thursday, Red Hat announced the availability of a beta of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 (RHEL 7) for testers to start evaluating, just weeks after the final release of RHEL 6.5 to customers. The new version is aimed at meeting the requirements of future applications as well as delivering scalability and performance to power cloud infrastructure and enterprise data centres.
Available to download now, the RHEL 7 beta introduces a number of enhancements, including better support for Linux Containers, in-place upgrades, XFS as the default file system, improved networking support and improved compatibility with Windows networks.
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