Red Hat Bets on Open Hybrid Cloud

During his keynote at Red Hat Summit 2012, Red Hat's Paul Cormier outlined four new products and services designed to help IT customers adopt the open hybrid cloud.

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Thu, June 28, 2012

CIO — Calling cloud computing one of the biggest revolutions in information technology history, Red Hat's Paul Cormier on Wednesday signaled the company's intention to focus its efforts on it-specifically hybrid cloud.

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"CIOs and IT managers, they have one of the most critical decisions to make right now," Cormier, Red Hat's executive vice president and president of products and technologies, told a packed auditorium during his Wednesday morning keynote at Red Hat Summit and JBoss World 2012. "It could be the most critical decision they make in this decade."

That decision, he said, is how to move to the cloud.

CIOs Have Three Options for Leveraging Cloud

Cormier outlined three options that CIOs have to leverage cloud for their business:

  1. Throw out your legacy infrastructure and start from scratch. The drawbacks, of course, are easy to spot: not all apps will fit this model and there's a huge cost to boot.

  2. Add a cloud silo. This, Cormier said, is what VMware wants you to do. "It's frankly all VMware can do and that's why they want you to do it," he said. "It's even more lock-in with less control. It's lock-in by the new generation of vendors.

  3. Build an open hybrid cloud. "We think it's really the only way to go," Cormier said. "You utilize all your existing resources in building your cloud. It's not just capacity from Red Hat or VMware or Microsoft, but we take advantage of capacity from whatever you're running. And it's on your terms. You have complete control of your infrastructure both technologically and economically."

The idea, Cormier said, is to create a single, consistent application environment that spans on-premise, virtual, private cloud and public cloud deployments.

"Consistent storage and the ability to manage pieces across that infrastructure is key," he said. "Only two companies can make this a reality today: Microsoft and Red Hat. We're the open source choice for that transition. They're the legacy proprietary choice. You choose."

An Easy On-Ramp to Open Hybrid Cloud

Red Hat plans to leverage its full portfolio of products to bring this vision of an easy on-ramp to open hybrid cloud computing to bear: Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, Red Hat Storage, JBoss Enterprise Middleware, Red Hat CloudForms and Red Hat OpenShift Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS).

Cormier unveiled four products and services based on that portfolio: OpenShift Enterprise PaaS, Red Hat Hybrid Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Red Hat Cloud with Virtualization Bundle and Red Hat Storage.

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