Red Hat Sets Up OpenStack Partner Network
Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) has launched a partner program for OpenStack cloud technology to solicit hardware, software and services partners to boost the open source giant’s cloud infrastructure solutions. The move surfaced amid this week’s OpenStack Summit in Portland, Ore. Here’s the update for channel partners.
The program, called the OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner Network, is designed to help organizations implement Red Hat OpenStack cloud infrastructure technology. Earlier this week, the vendor officially advanced Red Hat OpenStack from a preview version to an Early Adopter edition.
What’s in it for partners? The program offers partners the opportunity to gain the necessary expertise with Red Hat OpenStack technologies and access to resources to test, certify and publish their solutions. Why is that important for Red Hat? Simply put, it builds customer confidence in OpenStack. And, on the way later this year is certification for technology partners to integrate and validate their solutions around OpenStack.
Radhesh Balakrishnan, Red Hat virtualization general manager, said that collaborating with partners is even more important as the company advances OpenStack. “We see that partners and customers are looking for standards to emerge within the OpenStack ecosystem, and Red Hat is here to deliver stable enterprise targets with which partners can develop, test and support solutions for joint customers,” he said.
The program is multi-tiered to accommodate various levels of participation (an Alliance tier also is available):
- Premier: Enterprise-ready partner integration with Red Hat OpenStack technologies
- Advanced: Certified technical compatibility with Red Hat OpenStack components, including Cinder, Nova and Quantum, and others
- Ready: Base-level compatibility with Red Hat OpenStack
Companies interested in joining the Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner Network can begin participating as early adopters now.
Parvesh Sethi, Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) services senior vice president, said that Cisco has high expectations for OpenStack adoption. “We have seen a tremendous interest in and pent-up demand for OpenStack from a broad range of Cisco’s most strategic customers and we fully expect OpenStack to be widely adopted,” Sethi said. “Until now, there have been limited production-grade fully supported solutions available. We are therefore excited to be exploring opportunities to expand our relationship to collaborate closely with Red Hat on the OpenStack cloud infrastructure.”