Dell and Red Hat Expand Cloud Partnership with New OpenStack Offering
The newest version of Red Hat's OpenStack cloud platform debuts today, along with new partner momentum between Red Hat and Dell, which are collaborating on integrated server solutions for the open source cloud computing platform.
The newest version of Red Hat’s OpenStack cloud platform debuted this week, along with new partner momentum between Red Hat and Dell, which are collaborating on integrated server solutions for the open source cloud computing platform.
The collaboration centers on Dell Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Version 5.0. The offering pairs Red Hat OpenStack Platform 8, which the company released on Wednesday, with Dell PowerEdge servers, Intel Xeon E5-2600V4 processors and automation tools from Red Hat.
This is not the first time Dell and Red Hat have partnered on the OpenStack cloud. But Dell emphasized in a statement that the agreement makes the company the first to offer support for Red Hat’s new OpenStack Platform 8.
The companies also say that the integrated platform is more than just a generic integrated OpenStack offering with Dell and Red Hat branding. It instead offers tools designed specifically to optimize Red Hat OpenStack running on Dell hardware, according to the companies.
“Our version 5.0 solution features a unique combination of Dell-optimized modular infrastructure, with new and innovative automation tooling jointly engineered with Red Hat,” Red Hat and Dell said in a statement. “This unique Dell and Red Hat automation tooling spans the entire core architecture and establishes the foundation for in-place seamless version upgrades going forward. We designed this solution to overcome the adoption challenges inherent in OpenStack and to speed time-to-value in a radically simplified way.”
Also significant for the channel is the “On-Ramp to OpenStack” program, which Dell, Red Hat and Intel are now offering. Designed to speed enterprise adoption of the OpenStack open source IaaS platform, the program will help the three companies to market the new integrated cloud solution that Dell and Red Hat announced today.
There are now several enterprise-ready OpenStack distributions. Some are offered as part of integrated platforms while others require organizations to bring their own hardware. The fact that, as the latest OpenStack user survey showed, Ubuntu (which is not part of an integrated OpenStack offering) remains the most popular platform for OpenStack suggests that not all enterprises are jumping at the opportunity to adopt an integrated OpenStack solution like the one from Red Hat and Dell. But that may change as OpenStack adoption rates continue to rise and more enterprises just want to deploy OpenStack quickly for production, rather than experimenting with it internally.