June 12, 2013 – Red Hat on Wednesday put an overarching theme of open cloud speed with consistent community connection to the series of releases, updates and announcements coming out of its 2013 event in Boston.

Paul Cormier, president of products and technologies for the open source software vendor, said in an event broadcast that the new platform- and infrastructure-as-a-service releases and updates in particular are becoming the “building blocks” for the vendor to support quickly created and consistent business applications. Cormier said the growth of open source development across available cloud infrastructures and platforms has condensed business application creation possibilities “from years ... to hours.”

Even so, Cormier stressed Red Hat’s commitment to the open source community and its leader role with the standards foundation OpenStack as the vendor produces more commercial-grade cloud applications.

“No matter where we do the work, in the PaaS or infrastructure platform, in JBoss middleware ... it all goes back. There’s not confusion on that. Everything we do goes back into that associated community project,” he said.

New releases and updates announced Wednesday include:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, a single-subscription offering to building an OpenStack-backed deployment.
  • Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure, for increased management functionality of private cloud IaaS based upon data center virtualization and management technologies for traditional workloads.
  • Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.2, with enhancements to cull disruptions during migrations, VM image storage movements and a new framework to support third-party plug-in features.

Earlier in the week, Red Hat’s other summit announcements featured the latest edition of JBoss EAP as well as moves to extend its partner programs and reach in the open source middleware market.
Without specific price points, Red Hat’s Cormier said these updated cloud releases are intended to bring on-demand pricing more in line with that of virtualization. And with the use in cloud environments of Red Hat solutions and OpenStack standards by enterprise software competition, they’re aiming to offer an open and “complete cloud environment,” which Cormier said can’t be offered by its competition, outside of the commercial offerings from Microsoft.

With its open and standards-based approach, Red Hat has been one of the vendors with an edge in the still-maturing private cloud space, though with a lingering need to strengthen its APIs, according to Saugatuck Technology. Red Hat has made moves to boost its cloud platform roots in the last few months in other releases and the deal for on-demand monitoring and management vendor ManageIQ.

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