Red Hat Doubles Down on Cloud With OpenStack Platform 8 and Cloud Suite
Two new products from Red Hat announced today are aimed squarely at helping enterprise clients deploy private clouds. Red Hat Cloud Suite and Red Hat OpenStack Platform 8 are each designed to offer companies a complete solution for building and deploying private clouds, the company said.
“As development teams look to streamline the creation and deployment of new cloud-native applications while transforming their computing infrastructure, Red Hat’s newest OpenStack-based private cloud solutions provide an open foundation to meet production-level needs of today’s modern businesses,” the company said in a statement.
Now Red Hat OpenStack Platform 8 (pictured above) includes infrastructure and workload management, while the new Red Hat Cloud Suite offers software-defined storage and risk management and analytics, according to Red Hat.
Focusing on OpenStack
The new Red Hat products were announced a week before the OpenStack Summit in Austin, Texas and as OpenStack is becoming an increasingly important part of the company’s business. Red Hat said its customers expect private cloud deployments to outpace public cloud deployments by a factor of six.
The newest version of Red Hat’s leading OpenStack offering adds optimized storage and management capabilities through the native inclusion of Red Hat Ceph Storage and Red Hat CloudForms, respectively. Cloud Suite, meanwhile, consists of a pre-integrated set of Red Hat’s cloud technologies that allow for cloud-native application development and deployment with the inclusion of OpenShift.
The OpenStack Platform will provide cloud technologies as a single infrastructure-as-a-service platform, while Cloud Suite will provide an integrated offering. OpenStack Platform 8, which will form the backbone of Red Hat’s hybrid cloud offerings, is based on the OpenStack community’s “Liberty” release.
New Products, New Features
The core OpenStack offering will now natively include features such as automated upgrades and updates, infrastructure and workload management, software-defined storage, and several preview features designed to improve network virtualization functions.
Cloud Suite, meanwhile, will include the OpenShift Enterprise Container Application Platform and a common management framework through Red Hat CloudForms. The suite will also allow users to accelerate new cloud-based services for private cloud and application development, and to optimize existing workloads through improved virtualization and performance, according to Red Hat.
“This enables a modern cloud environment where application delivery teams can focus on development, testing, and deployments using modern cloud-based containerized microservice solutions, while maintaining control and visibility,” the company said.
The suite will also include additional products and other management and infrastructure features such as a unified management experience that spans operations and lifecycle management, self-service, and infrastructure monitoring. The suite will also include infrastructure monitoring with risk management and analytics.
For developers, the suite will include application portability, enabling them to build and deploy applications through RedHat’s OpenShift Enterprise environment. Kubernetes-based container orchestration within Red Hat Cloud Suite also allows each operator to manage Linux containers as a single system.
Image Credit: Screenshot of OpenStack Platform 8 and logo via Red Hat Inc.