Red Hat have just launched an enterprise Linux-based OpenStack platform that provides a way to build out cloud services from either a services provider or inside the data center.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux will integrate a vanilla version of OpenStack creating a new Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform. This means that Red Hat applications can run in an IaaS platform and provide mobile and web oriented application support which are more cloud aware. This is now going to serve as the main platform for Red Hat’s cloud strategy.

This breaking news positions Red Hat as a clear leader for building out OpenStack clouds.  Red Hat is also using the OpenStack platform to offer an alternative to the virtualized environments run by VMware.

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Red Hat has made a significant push in OpenStack over the last year. It is now the number one contributor to the open cloud effort.  The company has made investments in Mirantis, which will provide a services component to Red Hat OpenStack build outs.  The OpenStack cloud will also have  a network of certified partners.

The combination of Red Hat’s servers with OpenStack has an intention of giving developers more flexible abilities to differentiate the services they run while leaving Red Hat with the responsibility of maintaining Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server and the OpenStack code.

According to Red Hat, using their CloudForms (a hybrid platform) it will let users deploy, monitor, and manage cloud services across Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, VMware vSphere, and other virtualization solutions.

With this release, it shows that Red Hat has the engineering skills and technology to position the company to be a frontrunner in the platform wars.

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SOURCE:  http://techcrunch.com/2013/06/12/red-hat-launches-linux-based-openstack-platform-targets-vmware-for-control-of-the-data-center/