Red Hat launches expansive global cloud ecosystem with certified cloud and service provider program

Redhat LogoSydney, AustraliaRed Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, announced the global launch of the Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider program. Replacing Red Hat’s existing Certified Cloud Provider program, the Certified Cloud and Service Provider program expands Red Hat’s cloud ecosystem to include and better support distributors, managed service providers and other partners that are heavily involved in all aspects of hybrid cloud build-out, not just multi-tenant public clouds.

As the model for cloud providers expands to include private cloud build-outs, Linux container-based infrastructure and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solutions, additional flexibility is needed to help these providers better meet customer needs for cloud-based Red Hat technologies. The Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider program meets this need by not only broadening partner support, but by also expanding the choice of Red Hat solutions available to these partners, including:
• Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP HANA
• OpenShift by Red Hat
• Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform
• Red Hat JBoss Middleware
• Red Hat Gluster Storage

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Red Hat Outlines Vision to Help Enterprise IT Take ‘Mobile First’ From Hype to Reality

Redhat LogoSydney, AustraliaRed Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, announced its vision to help organisations succeed in the mobile-first economy. Customers can take advantage of Red Hat’s experience and leadership in enterprise IT, and its portfolio of enterprise-grade open source technologies – including mobile capabilities from the recent acquisition of FeedHenry – to overcome their mobility challenges.

Mobility is increasingly becoming a top priority for business as a means to drive innovation and streamline operational efficiency; however, it is also creating demand for faster and continuous development cycles that challenge traditional IT infrastructure and development methodologies. To become mobile-centric, enterprises must evolve in a way that supports both the agility of new mobile initiatives and stability of core IT.

In response, Red Hat is focusing its enterprise mobility vision on four areas: platform architecture, developer experience, technology integration, and collaboration in two-track IT environments.

• Platform architecture: The public cloud or private Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)-based architecture of the Red Hat mobile platform facilitates agile development and DevOps processes, leverages RESTful APIs and microservices, and accelerates time-to-deployment to reduce total cost of ownership (TCO).
• Developer experience: A developer-centric approach that embraces modern toolchains, collaboration, and continuous development and integration allows organisations to use existing IT skillsets for new mobile initiatives.
• Technology integration: Simplified integration of the platform with other enterprise middleware components, based upon a common REST API architecture, captures and stores new data generated by connected devices to help unlock the value in existing systems of record.
• Collaboration in two-track IT environments: Adopting a two-track IT approach, using mobile as the catalyst for building a “fast IT” organisation, helps balance agility with stability and fosters greater collaboration and cooperation between the two tracks.

Since accelerating into the enterprise mobile market with the October 2014 acquisition of FeedHenry, a leading mobile enterprise application platform provider, Red Hat has achieved several notable milestones in its mobile journey, including:
• Release of platform enhancements for mobile Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) and collaboration.
• Integration of the platform into Red Hat’s award-winning integrated development environment (IDE), JBoss Developer Studio.
• Deployment of FeedHenry technology as a mobile service in OpenShift as part of Red Hat’s xPaaS strategy for cloud-based application development.
• Customers in industries ranging from manufacturing and transportation to workforce management are using Red Hat mobile technologies to reduce costs, increase efficiency, and extend critical enterprise systems to mobile devices.
• Recognition of the FeedHenry platform as the top Mobile Backend-as-a-Service (MBaaS) in a sector analysis by GigaOM Research.

Red Hat plans to expand deployment options for the FeedHenry platform and roll out new integrations with the existing Red Hat middleware product portfolio, giving enterprises greater freedom of choice by extending its industry-leading capabilities across hybrid environments.

Supporting Quotes
Craig Muzilla, senior vice president, Application Platforms Business, Red Hat
“The mobile phenomenon has had a profound impact on the way we think and act and consume information in our daily lives. That impact is now rippling throughout enterprise IT as organisations come face-to-face with the reality of doing business in a new ‘mobile first’ world, where speed and agility must be prioritised without forsaking the stability of core IT. Our vision is to help enterprises evolve in a digital world and provide them with an open and flexible architecture and the technologies that accelerate this transition.”

Chris Marsh, principal analyst, Enterprise Mobile App Strategies, 451 Research
“51% of organisations recently surveyed are further increasing their mobile budgets this year. The enabling technologies are falling into place for companies to break out of the way they think about mobile from the silos in which it has traditionally resided, but the process needs to evolve to support this. Over the past year, it has become clearer that traditional waterfall development across the software lifecycle is ill-suited to mobile, and that agile methods are more applicable.”

About Red Hat, Inc.
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Red Hat technology predictions for the year ahead

Redhat LogoAs some businesses think about planning for the new financial year, it is crucial that they keep up with the latest technology trends. Red Hat provides its outlook for the year ahead.

1. BYOD gives way to BYOC. As if IT didn’t have enough to think about when it comes to supporting associates and their phones and tablets of choice, the coming year will continue the internal adoption of both public cloud-based applications (including SaaS) and in-house deployments of private clouds targeted at specific use cases. This will give way to a whole new set of integration and support challenges for IT.
– Brian Stevens, executive vice president and CTO, Red Hat

2. The cloud will be hybrid. “Traditional” infrastructure deployments are losing ground to hybrid deployments that include virtual and cloud infrastructure. When it comes to new applications, this trend will only accelerate in 2014. During development, companies will increasingly seek to use Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) to rapidly build, deploy, and scale applications.
– Mark Coggin, senior director, Product Marketing, Platform, Red Hat

3. Open source offerings will continue to cut into proprietary market share. In 2014 there will be more credible enterprise options for open and interoperable solutions. There will also be a continued growth of KVM (Kernel-based virtual machine) and other open source virtualisation technologies. Also, the use of technologies like OpenStack, which are more cloud-focused, continue to grow.
– Chuck Dubuque, director, Product Marketing, Virtualization and OpenStack, Red Hat

4. Convergence will lead us to the Business-Driven Cloud. Red Hat sees the integration of business rules, cloud management and cloud infrastructure platforms enabling the Business-Driven Cloud (BDC). Decisions about cost, service levels and resource allocation will therefore move up to the business owners.
Bryan Che, general manager, Red Hat CloudForms

5. Compute and storage convergence will force the overhaul of IT operations. With private cloud and SaaS environments proliferating in enterprises worldwide, the integration of compute, networking and storage infrastructure is changing the way technology services are defined, enabled and delivered. This will necessitate re-thinking of core IT tools, principles and staffing to support the converged infrastructure.
– Ranga Rangachari, vice president and general manager, Storage, Red Hat

6. Government agencies will increase their focus on infrastructure management. This year, Australian government agencies will increase the rate of virtualisation and movement to private and public clouds. As a result, they will allocate more resources towards new solutions for managing and orchestrating their infrastructures. While several government agencies have already started the virtualisation process, over the next year, many more will move to public clouds and adopt virtualised networking and storage solutions.
– Gunnar Hellekson, Chief Technology Strategist, U.S. Public Sector, Red Hat

7. Big data moves from batch to real-time response. Consumers and businesses alike are creating data at an amazing rate. By some estimates, the world’s generated data is doubling every two years*. Turning a problem upside down, the industry is learning how to extract knowledge from these massive data stores, and using it to shape many aspects of their business.
– Brian Stevens, executive vice president and CTO, Red Hat

8. Services and tools for cloud visibility and controlled access on the rise. In 2014, visibility into cloud is going to be the key to security. Businesses will want more visibility into how cloud works – whether it is infrastructure or PaaS. Right now the cloud is still in a “black box” sort of state where users don’t know or understand what’s happening. 2014 will focus on services or tools that enable visibility as well as setting up controlled access.
– Krishnan Subramanian, director, OpenShift strategy, Red Hat

9. A year of challenge and change. 2014 is going to be a year of challenge and change. Many businesses have already embraced change, adopted new business models and are thriving despite the global economic conditions in which we operate. They have already created their competitive differentiation and have already moved to where their customers want to be in the future.
– Max McClaren, general manager, Red Hat Australia

Reference
* http://www.emc.com/leadership/programs/digital-universe.htm