Dell and Red Hat have extended their partnership in OpenStack-based cloud solutions for the enterprise, with co-engineered infrastructure to help customers get started. The pair are also collaborating on Red Hat's OpenShift application platform and on Container technology based around Docker.
Announced at the Red Hat Summit in San Francisco, the Dell Red Hat Cloud Solutions are a reference architecture designed to serve as an on-ramp for organisations looking to build and operate their own private cloud.
Comprising a Proof of Concept configuration and a Pilot configuration, the Dell Red Hat Cloud Solutions are built on a reference architecture using Dell server and networking hardware combined with Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 4. The latter integrates the Havana release of OpenStack and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5.
While the Proof of Concept configuration is designed for customers looking to explore OpenStack capabilities, the Pilot configuration is capable of running production workloads across six OpenStack compute and three storage nodes, and can be expanded with pre-configured compute, storage and infrastructure blocks as required.
The Cloud Solutions are part of a wider collaboration through which Dell and Red Hat aim to support customers at various stages of OpenStack cloud evaluation and operation with an enterprise-grade software lifecycle, the two firms said.
Red Hat president for Products and Technologies Paul Cormier said: "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 also said they intend to work with the OpenShift community to build solutions based on Red Hat's application-hosting platform as a service (PaaS) to support enterprise developers looking to make data and applications more portable and accessible.
This builds on the announcement from Red Hat earlier this week that it is looking to use Containers, and technology from the Docker open source project in particular, to enable the development of applications that can be deployed across on-premise or public cloud infrastructure.
Dell will integrate these capabilities across its hardware and software offerings to enable a complete PaaS solution from Linux to OpenStack to OpenShift, including platform management, the two firms said.
Sam Greenblatt, vice president of Dell's Enterprise Solutions Group, said the move builds on the firm's long history with open source and working with Red Hat.
"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 optimisation," he said.
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