At this year’s Red Hat Summit conference in Boston, Red Hat announced plans to release four sets of product packages that more accurately reflect the diversity of the company’s product line now that it has progressed beyond its roots in Red Hat Enterprise Linux as follows:
• OpenShift Enterprise PaaS
-Access to Red Hat’s public PaaS, OpenShift
-Red Hat CloudForms, a management framework for managing on premise hybrid clouds
-JBoss Enterprise Application middleware platform for Java applications
-Red Hat Enterprise Linux
-Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization based on the KVM hypervisor
• Red Hat Hybrid IaaS Solution
-A self-contained solution for building a public and private cloud that allows customers to leverage prepaid computing hours from major cloud providers. The solution contains a virtualization manager as well as cloud orchestration tools.
• Red Hat Cloud With Virtualization
-Virtualization as well as cloud onboarding solutions that collectively enable customers to avoid the two step process of virtualizing applications first, and then moving to a cloud-based infrastructure. Customers can migrate Red Hat Linux server installations to multi-hypervisor infrastructures as well as public and private cloud environments.
• Red Hat Storage Server 2.0
-“Scale-out network-attached storage (NAS)” solution
-Compatible with over 50 dual-socket x86-based servers from the industry’s leading server vendors
-Support for file access protocols such as Common Internet File System (CIFS), Network File System (NFS), HTTP and OpenStack Swift
All this means that Red Hat has placed its bets squarely in the IaaS, PaaS, virtualization and storage verticals as it attempts to diversify from its base as one of the leading enterprise distributors of Linux. The main question, now, concerns Red Hat’s investment in commercializing a variant of OpenStack in tandem with its Platinum member position in the OpenStack Foundation. According to a recent interview in InternetNews with Red Hat’s CTO Brian Stevens, Red Hat is actively thinking about how to deliver enterprise support for OpenStack over an extended period of time, recognizing OpenStack’s six month release schedule, while committing developer resources to contribute to OpenStack code as well.