Red Hat and Intel launch educational initiative to drive OpenStack cloud adoption

Archana Venkatraman

Open source software provider Red Hat has collaborated with Intel to launch an initiative called "On-Ramp to Enterprise OpenStack" to help accelerate enterprise adoption of OpenStack, the cloud framework for building and managing private, public, and hybrid Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) clouds.

Often referred to as the “Linux of Cloud”, Openstack is the open source IaaS platform that is freely available under the Apache 2.0 license. It was developed by cloud provider Rackspace and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and is popular among users who value cloud interoperability and lack of vendor lock-in.

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The On-Ramp to Enterprise OpenStack programme is designed to educate enterprise IT about the benefits and capabilities of Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack platform running on Intel architecture and to make it easier for organisations to evaluate and validate RHEL OpenStack platform for their private and hybrid cloud initiatives.

“Red Hat's longstanding relationship with Intel has played a key role in the adoption of Linux as the strong enterprise platform we see today,” Radhesh Balakrishnan, general manager, virtualisation, Red Hat.

Like Linux in its early days, collaboration among technology industry leaders can help foster enterprise adoption of OpenStack and the educational campaign will help “demystify OpenStack and show enterprise organisations its true potential”, said Balakrishnan.

The educational drive comes just months after Red Hat announced its OpenStack-powered cloud offerings, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack platform, a service that acts as the foundation for advanced cloud users who are seeking to build an OpenStack-powered cloud, and Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure, a service designed to support organisations on their journey from traditional data centre virtualisation to OpenStack-powered clouds.

Through the new On-Ramp to Enterprise OpenStack programme, organisations can build their open hybrid cloud strategy via education and easily evaluate Red Hat’s OpenStack solutions, according to the company.

“The On-Ramp to Enterprise OpenStack programme for private, public, and hybrid cloud deployments is a natural extension of Intel and Red Hat’s long-standing collaboration in enterprise Linux,” said Imad Sousou, vice president and general manager of Intel’s Open Source Technology Center.

“The combination of Intel architecture and Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack platform helps form a secure, trusted, high-performance platform for these cloud deployments and provides end users a quick and easy way to evaluate, learn about, and deploy important use cases like trusted compute pools,” he said.

Red Hat and Intel have previously worked together to optimise kernel-based virtual machine (KVM) since its inception and to enhance KVM virtualisation management in Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization.

Most recently, Red Hat has improved the security of open hybrid clouds with compute pools using Intel Trusted Execution Technology to help protect servers from firmware attacks and provide hardware-based verification for use in meeting enterprise compliance requirements.

The education drive comes as some experts think open source cloud platforms will have a big role to play in the future of cloud computing.

 

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