Red Hat embraces open source hybrid cloud computing with OpenShift

Red Hat has decided that the model that worked for supporting Linux can work with OpenShift as they move to support enterprise level, open source hybrid cloud computing.

Just in case you hadn't heard, the big announcement at the 2013 Red Hat Summit was the huge shift in focus for the stewards of the JBoss line of products towards cloud computing, and more specifically an approach to supporting the OpenStack platform in the same way they have supported the Linux operating system over the years. TheServerSide hit the cloud computing story from a number of different angles, not only looking at how Red Hat has come to embrace OpenStack and IaaS, but also how proprietary vendors like Intel can also come out ahead when companies like Red Hat succeed.

We found that the OpenStack team was really driving hard on what they needed from the Linux team.

Brian Stevens, Red Hat CTO

Making the move to the cloud

So how did Red Hat get to the point where it began to make sense that their enterprise strategy needed to change? The following article sheds some light on that topic:

How 12 years of history led to Red Hat's big bet on cloud computing

Can the cloud be commoditized?

Of course, just because a shift towards supporting OpenStack seems like a prescient idea doesn't mean that it will be a profitable move. The following article provides insights on how Red Hat's ability to commoditize Linux just might be what is needed in the world of open source cloud computing:

Will the Red Hat model work for IaaS cloud computing with OpenStack?

And going beyond the simple question of 'will it work,' TheServerSide dug deep into exactly what OpenStack is, how it works and how the Red Hat service model will help accelerate hybrid cloud adoption.

Embracing OpenStack: How Red Hat commoditized open source cloud computing

How a rising Red Hat lifts all boats

And of course, Red Hat does not exist in an open source bubble. The fact is, success for Red Hat means continued success for others who participate in the enterprise computing space. In the following article, TheServerSide gets some insights from Intel's Dirk Hohndel with regards to how Red Hat's success in the open source space leads to increased profits for Intel's shareholders:

How Red Hat's Linux and OpenStack IaaS drives Intel's bottom line

Every gamble is risky, but if past success is any indication of Red Hat's future, their bet on OpenStack and open source hybrid cloud computing will turn out to be a profitable one.


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