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Red Hat shakes up OpenStack lineup

Red Hat announced a large-scale restructuring of its OpenStack-based offerings today, bundling its Enterprise Linux software with the OpenStack platform, and creating a more comprehensive infrastructure product for private-cloud IaaS.

The centerpiece of the company's press conference -- held today at the Red Hat Summit in Boston -- were Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure, both of which are essentially prepackaged combinations of the company's existing products.

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RHEL OpenStack Platform bundles RHEL Server with Red Hat OpenStack under a single subscription model. President of Products and Technologies Paul Cormier said that the idea is to provide a reliable user experience across all parts of a hybrid cloud environment.

"I think the key element of this is -- from physical systems to virtual machines to, now, the cloud platform -- it's the ability to have that application consistency across all of those footprints," he said. "So the same RHEL component that's in each of those platforms is the same across those platforms."

Cormier also noted that the RHEL OpenStack Platform would be on the same consistent lifecycle as the base RHEL product, and that it is scheduled to reach general availability next month.

Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure is a similar compilation-type product, adding Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and Red Hat CloudForms onto the base framework created with RHEL OpenStack Platform. The inclusion of virtualization atop cloud infrastructure products, according to Cormier, is in recognition of the fact that some customers still run both form factors in parallel.

"In one product, we're deploying those two stacks -- a traditional virtualization environment where you can deploy a stack that you would manage by virtual machines [and] an OpenStack environment, where you can now deploy a private cloud environment, and we're managing that out of one pane of glass," he said.

This interoperability offers users a clearer path toward an all-cloud ecosystem as well, Cormier added. Like RHEL OpenStack Platform, Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure will become available in July.

Red Hat did not provide dollar figures for pricing, but Cormier promised that the company would substantially undercut similar offerings from rival VMware.

Earlier in the week, Red Hat also took its OpenShift Online PaaS offering public, charging $20 a month for access to a development environment featuring popular programming languages like Java, PHP, Python and Node.js, among others.

Email Jon Gold at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter at @NWWJonGold.

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