Red Hat and NEC Collaborate to achieve carrier-grade OpenStack solutions for NFV

Redhat LogoSydney, Australia – Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, and NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701), a leading provider of innovative IT, network and communications products and solutions, announced a collaboration to jointly develop network functions virtualisation (NFV) features in OpenStack in order to deliver carrier-grade NFV solutions with Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform.

As communication service providers (CSPs) transform their businesses and modernise both their infrastructure and offerings, NFV enables them to deliver customer-facing services more easily and faster, with increased demand capacity. NEC’s NFV capabilities integrated with Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, a highly scalable Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution, are designed to enable CSPs to successfully implement these modernisation plans.

NEC and Red Hat have collaborated for more than a decade on joint open source software development. In recent years, the companies have focused their efforts on NFV system integration with OpenStack, leveraging NEC’s extensive knowledge of telecom networks. This enables the acceleration of NFV features in OpenStack and the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) in order to achieve carrier-grade and carrier-scale systems, including data plane acceleration through the Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK). Moreover, these efforts are being contributed to the upstream OpenStack community, to enable Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform to emerge as a leading cloud platform for NFV. Several of the NFV features resulting directly from this collaboration were included in the OpenStack Juno release, or are planned for the forthcoming OpenStack Kilo release.

Now, Red Hat and NEC aim to deliver a reliable, open, and scalable cloud platform for CSPs based on OpenStack, helping them to take advantage of NFV’s full potential. NEC’s NFV system integrated with Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform will be designed to deliver mobile packet core virtualisation, also known as virtualised Evolved Packet Core, or vEPC, as well as virtual Customer Premises Equipment (vCPE). NEC and Red Hat plan to continue the expanded collaboration to integrate and optimise Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform and NFV, along with contributions to open source communities, including OpenStack and Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV).

Supporting Quotes
Tim Yeaton, senior vice president, Infrastructure Business Group, Red Hat
“NFV offers tremendous potential to transform the telecommunications industry and radically change the way CSPs deliver solutions to their customers. NEC has long appreciated the power of ‘open’, and has always been an excellent partner. Through this expanded collaboration, Red Hat is excited to help meet CSP interest in NFV and open source cloud platforms – and more specifically, OpenStack, as they look for solutions to drive costs down and deliver new high value offerings.”

Atsuo Kawamura, senior vice president, NEC Corporation
“Through our long-term and continued collaboration with Red Hat, we are working to build an open industry standard which has enormous potential for expanding awareness and adoption of NFV. NEC, as a top 10 OpenStack contributor and a proven network vendor, aims to continue collaborating with Red Hat to drive innovation in the telecom industry through open source. NEC has commercially delivered SDN/NFV solutions, including vEPC and vCPE, and will continue driving innovation with broader virtualized network functions that promote greater agility, stability and security of services as well as new revenue creation while enabling a wide range of customers to significantly reduce the total cost of ownership.”

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Red Hat and Wipro extend partnership, collaborate to advance enterprise OpenStack implementations, deliver DevOps solutions with OpenShift

Redhat LogoSydney, Australia – Wipro Ltd. (NYSE:WIT), a leading global Information Technology, Consulting and Business Process Services company and Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, announce the global expansion of their alliance to accelerate the deployment of open hybrid cloud solutions. As part of the expanded collaboration, Red Hat and Wipro will work together to develop and deliver enterprise-grade cloud solutions to the market, and will also jointly deliver next-generation DevOps solutions for continuous integration and testing.

Wipro’s relationship with Red Hat dates back to 2006 when they became a Red Hat Ready Business Partner focusing on customer adoption and implementation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. In 2010, Wipro and Red Hat announced further collaboration, making Wipro a Red Hat premier partner. As part of this most recent alliance expansion, Wipro becomes a premier, global systems integrator for Red Hat. With the expansion, Wipro’s open source infrastructure solution stack now includes Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, Red Hat Satellite, Red Hat CloudForms, Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, and OpenShift.

Additionally, to support global adoption of OpenStack and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Red Hat and Wipro are collaborating to bring solutions for private, public and hybrid clouds to their existing enterprise and telecom customers. After piloting separately, they are now combining their efforts and knowledge around configuration, deployment, and management of OpenStack private clouds. As part of the solutions collaboration, Wipro has launched a demo-ready Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform environment in the Center of Excellence (CoE) at its Bangalore campus, enabling the companies to showcase their cloud solutions in a more robust, agile and varied manner.

Wipro’s Open Source Practice will design a joint go-to-market and cloud strategy for their clients. Wipro will also receive technical training and accreditation for open source through the Red Hat Online Partner Enablement (OPEN) program in order to deploy Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, Red Hat CloudForms (Red Hat’s hybrid cloud management offering) and OpenShift (Red Hat’s award-winning Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering) in its Open Source Center of Excellence. This will qualify Wipro associates who successfully complete the program as accredited sales specialists, sales engineer specialists and services delivery specialists for both IaaS and PaaS.

Additionally, Red Hat intends to work with Wipro to expand the Wipro portfolio to include service virtualisation, release automation/continuous delivery and continuous validation. These OpenShift integrated solutions will be designed to help customers to optimise their application development and delivery processes. While the DevOps solutions utilising OpenShift can be used by customers as a standalone solution, the DevOps orchestrator, to be built by Wipro, will also integrated with the IaaS layer. This will enable automation and application portability ranging from on-premise, private cloud datacenters to the public cloud.

Supporting Quotes
Radhesh Balakrishnan, general manager, OpenStack, Red Hat
“The industry has recognised the potential of OpenStack to transform the cloud for enterprises and telecommunications service providers alike by providing an open alternative. Customers and partners around the globe are excited by its potential and are actively evaluating and planning deployments. We’re excited about working with Wipro to expand OpenStack’s reach, and helping to meet this growing interest through joint solutions built around Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, and by combining our mutual OpenStack and cloud know-how.”

Ashesh Badani, vice president and general manager, OpenShift, Red Hat
“DevOps, and a new culture of collaboration between Development and Operations, is key for modern IT organisations. It goes beyond the culture change though, and requires the right set of tools that enable agility. The container-based approach driven by OpenShift makes both development and deployment of applications easier, helping to increase agility and create a true DevOps environment. By collaborating with Wipro, we’re aiming to help even more enterprise customers realise the many benefits DevOps can offer.”

Anuj Bhalla, vice president and global head of Systems Integration, Wipro Ltd.
“IT environment scenarios are evolving and merging on-premises and off-premises infrastructure set ups. With the advent of hybrid environment, we see a lot of synergy with Red Hat’s end to end offering that enables customers through the transformation journey of their IT landscape especially on the open stack based cloud initiatives. We are scaling new areas of Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform in our CoE to improve customer experiences.”

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Wipro Ltd. (NYSE:WIT) is a leading Information Technology, Consulting and Business Process Services company that delivers solutions to enable its clients do business better. Wipro delivers winning business outcomes through its deep industry experience and a 360 degree view of “Business through Technology” – helping clients create successful and adaptive businesses. A company recognized globally for its comprehensive portfolio of services, a practitioner’s approach to delivering innovation, and an organization wide commitment to sustainability, Wipro has a workforce of over 140,000, serving clients in 175+ cities across 6 continents. For more information, please visit www.wipro.com

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Red Hat cloud infrastructure version 5 adds advanced systems management for OpenStack private clouds

Redhat LogoSydney, Australia – Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, announced the general availability of Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure Version 5, featuring the powerful systems management capabilities of Red Hat Satellite. Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure is a comprehensive solution that supports organisations on their journey from traditional datacenter virtualisation to OpenStack-powered clouds. With Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure Version 5, users can now manage their virtualisation and OpenStack environments simultaneously, via a single platform.

IT organisations are in the midst of a shift from traditional virtualisation to more cloud-enabled architectures, and charting the course to move application workloads from one architecture to another while maintaining manageability and policies across discrete platforms. Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure is designed to address this need and enables organisations to build and manage a private cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) based upon datacenter virtualisation and management technologies for traditional workloads, while providing an on-ramp to a highly scalable public-cloud-like infrastructure based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform.

With the debut of Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure 5, the single subscription offering now includes:

Red Hat CloudForms, an open hybrid cloud management solution that provides visibility and control over existing heterogeneous virtual infrastructures and lets users deploy, monitor, and manage cloud services across virtualisation environments and public, private, and hybrid clouds.
Red Hat Satellite, a comprehensive solution providing complete lifecycle management across all components of Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure, including physical infrastructure and tenant workloads.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, a highly scalable IaaS solution that delivers an open, flexible, and enterprise-ready private cloud foundation built on the community OpenStack project integrated with and optimised for Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, a comprehensive datacenter virtualisation product for Linux and Windows workloads that enables users to build an agile, secure virtualisation foundation with the features needed for traditional enterprise application workloads.

The integration between these components of Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure provides true value and environment management for customers. Red Hat CloudForms provides self-service portals, provisioning, chargeback, metering of services on Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, while Red Hat Satellite performs Red Hat Enterprise Linux provisioning and lifecycle management tasks including discovery, drift remediation and Red Hat Enterprise Linux guest provisioning.

In September 2014, Red Hat debuted Red Hat Satellite 6, providing a single management console and methodology for managing the tools required to build, deploy, run and retire a system. Red Hatalso expanded its hybrid cloud management capabilities in CloudForms earlier this year, adding private and public cloud platform support across a variety of hosting options, including OpenStack, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager, and VMware.

 

Supporting Quotes

Gary Chen, Research Manager, Cloud and Virtualization System Software, IDC
“As more organisations continue to deploy traditional enterprise workloads and adopt new cloud native applications, it can be a challenge to blend the two environments and support the dynamics of both workload types. Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure’s varied capabilities enables users to create their own blend of cloud resources at their own pace, with a management system spanning resources for workloads across virtualised, private cloud, and public cloud environments.”

Joe Fitzgerald, vice president and general manager, Cloud Management, Red Hat
“Hybrid environments are simply the reality of today’s IT organisations, and organisations want to get to the cloud on their own terms and timeline. Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure acknowledges that reality, and by bringing software lifecycle and configuration management capabilities that span physical, virtual and cloud systems to users via the addition of Red Hat Satellite, we’re helping to establish Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure as one of the most comprehensive and premier cloud infrastructure solutions for enterprises.”

Frank Seiferth, Senior Director, Strategic Business Development, IIS Technology
“For our customers looking to build out their next generation IT infrastructure, Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure 5 presents a strong and appealing value proposition. As these customers move to heterogeneous, hybrid clouds, Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure can help them find significant cost savings in an easy to procure and consume model.”

Webcast
To learn more, you are invited to attend a webcast on Nov. 19, 2014, titled “Building and Managing a Hybrid Cloud with Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure.” The event will feature IDC Research Manager Gary Chen and Red Hat’s James Labocki, product manager for Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure.

Register here: https://vts.inxpo.com/Launch/QReg.htm?ShowKey=22424

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Cisco and Red Hat Deliver Integrated Infrastructure for OpenStack

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Cisco is the market leader in integrated infrastructure—the fast growing market segment that combines server, networking, storage and management software. The new family of Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure solutions will target enterprise and mid-market customers by streamlining deployment and operation of OpenStack-based private clouds today, while providing an on-ramp to the Intercloud. Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform (UCSO) will combine Cisco Unified Computing™ (UCS), Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure(ACI) and Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform.

“Cisco is working with its partners to build the Intercloud—an interconnected, global, ‘cloud of clouds’ connecting private, public, and hybrid clouds,” said Padmasree Warrior, chief technology & strategy officer at Cisco. “As the cloud industry pivots towards open source technology, Cisco and Red Hat are expanding our relationship and accelerating collaboration around OpenStack, Application Centric Infrastructure and Intercloud.”

“Open source technology has emerged as the catalyst for cloud innovation,” said Paul Cormier, president, Products and Technologies at Red Hat. “Cisco is a market leader in cloud infrastructure and integrated infrastructure, while Red Hat brings market leadership and deep domain expertise of open source and OpenStack. By combining our complementary strengths, Cisco and Red Hat have a unique opportunity to capitalise on this market disruption.”

Integrated Infrastructure for OpenStack

  • The Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure portfolio represents key building blocks ideally suited to supporting private, public, and hybrid clouds. The architecture combines the UCS servers with Nexus switching, UCS Director management, and storage access for streamlined deployment of applications and cloud services.
  • The UCSO solution is expected to feature three offerings: a Starter Edition that enables quick and easy installation for enterprise private clouds; an Advanced Edition that enables rapid deployment and operation of large scale private clouds; and an Advanced ACI Edition delivering policy-driven infrastructure deployment and operation for large scale clouds by utilising Cisco ACI.
  • In addition to 24×7 product support on Cisco and Red Hat components, customers will also have an option to purchase Solution Support, which will provide global, 24×7 access to a team of cross-trained experts.
  • UCSO Starter Edition is expected to become generally available by the end of 2014. Qualified channel partners and Cisco Cloud Consulting Services will be able to facilitate the deployment of these solutions.

Partnership expansion

  • Having worked together successfully on unified computing and networking for years, Cisco and Red Hat will accelerate collaboration around three new areas: OpenStack, Application Centric Infrastructure and Intercloud. Together, Cisco and Red Hat aim to deliver a set of Intercloud-ready solutions designed to bring OpenStack to enterprise and service provider customers.
  • OpenStack: Cisco and Red Hat are working together to provide fully supported, certified platforms that deliver open source innovation and optimised functionality. The companies intend to collaborate to deliver validated architectures, a growing third-party ISV and IHV ecosystem, governance across clouds, and advanced services for lifecycle management of cloud solutions.
  • Application Centric Infrastructure: Cisco and Red Hat are extending the Cisco ACI policy framework to OpenStack environments, enabling customers to leverage greater policy-based automation in their cloud environments.
  • Intercloud: As the industry leader in open source technologies, Red Hat is an integral component of Cisco’s Intercloud ecosystem. In addition to developing an integrated infrastructure solution for enterprise and mid-market customers, Cisco and Red Hat intend to develop carrier-grade, service provider solutions for the Cisco Evolved Services Platform—Cisco’s software and virtualisation platform for hybrid cloud deployments. Red Hat and Cisco also collaborate around OpenShift, Red Hat’s award-winning Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering, and storage technologies, including Ceph.

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Red Hat Continues Cloud Infrastructure Momentum with New Offerings, Industry-Leading Performance

Redhat LogoRed Hat, Inc., the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced continued momentum for Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure, including a new industry-leading performance benchmark, the introduction of the Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), and a Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Promotional Offering. Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure, a comprehensive offering designed to support organizations on their journey from traditional datacenter virtualization to OpenStack-powered clouds, has emerged as a high performing offering with greater value as organizations look to build and manage private cloud IaaS.

According to the latest cloud computing market overview analysis from 451 Research’s Market Monitor, IaaS is expected to grow at a 37 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) through 2016 (1). As cloud and IaaS adoption grows, research also indicates that open source cloud infrastructure solutions are taking the lead. According to the 2013 “State of the Cloud” survey, among the 64 percent of respondents who plan to include a private cloud as part of their cloud portfolio, 41 percent plan to use only open source-based private cloud options, while another 29 percent plan to use a hybrid combination of open source and proprietary solutions (2).

Red Hat and Bull Achieve Top Performance Benchmark Results
Red Hat also announced new top performance records on SPECvirt’s industry-standard benchmark SPECvirt_sc2010 highlighting the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) hypervisor’s lead as the industry’s top-performing hypervisor (3). Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 with its KVM hypervisor enabled the Bull SAS bullion server to run 768 Virtual Machines, a performance confirmed as the fastest and most efficient virtualization test on an x86 server.

This SPECvirt_sc2010 score represents the highest number of performant virtual machines and the highest performance score overall recorded on a single x86 server for this benchmark. This also solidifies Red Hat’s hypervisor performance leadership as Red Hat’s KVM powers the top 2-socket and 4-socket scores, and the only recorded 8-socket and 16-socket scores.

Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Infrastructure-as-a-Service
Additionally, Red Hat today announced a new training and certification offering, the Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Infrastructure-as-a-Service. As interest in OpenStack grows, enterprise customers require experienced IT professionals who can deploy and manage OpenStack. This new class and certification aims to meet this demand by representing the industry’s highest standard for OpenStack-based training certifications and enabling participants to gain a growing knowledge of the changes happening in the IaaS space. The class will cover essential OpenStack skills, including installing and configuring a Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform deployment; configuring and managing images; and managing storage using Object Storage (Swift) and Block Storage (Cinder). The certification process for this training offering will be performance-based, with candidates performing tasks on a live system to utilize real-world experience.

New Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Promotional Offering
As part of today’s announcement, Red Hat introduced a new product offering that will integrate the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform, and Red Hat’s virtualization management system for servers and desktops in a Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Promotional Offering, providing exceptional agility for Linux and Microsoft workloads.

The Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Promotional Offering will be offered as a single subscription offering that combines:
* Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, an ideal platform on which to base large-scale virtualization initiatives and internal / private cloud deployments, featuring an enterprise management system that enables customers to centrally and effectively manage their entire virtual environments.
* Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server, providing a secure and certified foundation for running the OpenStack workload servers (compute nodes, storage nodes, and controller nodes) as well as a scalable, high performance Linux operating system for guest virtual machines.

Availability
The Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Promotional Offering will be available in Fall 2013.

Supporting Quote
Radhesh Balakrishnan, general manager, Virtualization, Red Hat
“OpenStack and the promise of open hybrid clouds are leading customers to reconsider their infrastructure choices with an eye toward reducing cost and avoiding lock-in. Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure presents an enterprise datacenter virtualization alternative to take customers on that journey from proprietary to open. Today’s announcements highlight Red Hat’s commitment to providing the top performing solutions in this space, and the steps we’re taking to bring increased value to virtualized infrastructure and meet the emerging demand for skilled OpenStack professionals in the enterprise.”

Additional Resources
* Learn more about open hybrid cloud solutions
* Learn more about Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure
* Learn more about the Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Infrastructure-as-a-Service
* Learn more about Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform
* View the SPECvirt_sc2010 result for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 on Bull SAS bullion servers

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(1) 451 Research Market Monitor, “Cloud Computing Market Overview Analysis,” Aug. 14, 2013, available at http://bit.ly/14QnzKF.
(2) State of the Cloud 2013, http://bit.ly/152CAxc
(3) SPEC®, SPECvirt™, and SPECvirt_sc® are trademarks or registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corp. (SPEC). Competitive numbers shown reflect results published on www.spec.org as of July 18, 2013. For the latest SPECvirt_sc2010 results visit www.spec.org/osg/virt_sc2010.

About Red Hat, Inc.
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