17 May
2016

Red Hat Is Transitioning to the Cloud

Adoption is up, technology is evolving at a breakneck pace and big companies are making their move to the cloud. Tableau Software’s senior product marketing manager Dustin Smith tells CIO that “Large enterprises from every conceivable industry are transitioning their entire infrastructure and data ecosystems into the cloud.”

For service providers like Red Hat, this new market demands a shift in strategy to meet the emerging challenges of cloud-based business. They have to figure out how they can help companies transition from on-premises to distributed computing resources. With the release of Red Hat OpenStack 8 and Red Hat Cloud Suite, the company’s value proposition now includes end-to-end support.

 

The Linux Legacy

Red Hat made a name for itself with its Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). According to Tech Target, RHEL accounts for 65 to 80 percent of all enterprise distributions, so it’s no surprise that Red Hat boasts one of the largest development teams in the industry to deliver regular updates and security fixes. What’s more, Red Hat’s support is lauded as best-of-breed and its partnership with leading tech distributors gives it access to a host of market verticals.

Even with this amount of success, with the cloud increasingly on corporate radar, Red Hat faced the familiar dilemma of tech giants: Should it double down on existing services or forge a new path?

 

Bridging the Gap

To address the challenges of an emerging cloud market, Red Hat began its OpenStack project. OpenStack Platform 8 is a straightforward management tool that eases the transition from corporate-owned, on-premises servers to cloud servers. With many businesses still relying on RHEL for server management and control, OpenStack is bridging the cloud gap with an intrinsically compatible product.

The focus is on transition because, much like its customers, Red Hat also is undergoing the transition to a cloud-based environment. OpenStack Platform 8 demonstrates an understanding of the pain points felt by many companies when making the move.

 

Narrowed Focus

Not all companies want to deploy and manage cloud infrastructure. For many, the priority is application development and lifecycle. However, these businesses should leverage the cloud so their applications can serve global interests.

Red Hat Cloud Suite is designed to simplify the process. The suite uses OpenStack as a substrate, which enables users to access the OpenShift IaaS. Applications developed and deployed in this environment can run on OpenStack clouds or in third-party offerings. Ideally, Red Hat Cloud Suite lets companies leverage the power of both open source software and standards to deploy original apps across any platform. 

Transformation is in Red Hat’s DNA. It started with RHEL and continues with OpenStack Platform 8 and Red Hat Cloud Suite. These services offer the critical components companies need to shift both their infrastructure and app development into the cloud.

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