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Red Hat Delivers Now Supported by HP Virtualization VS2
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Red Hat Delivers Now Supported by HP Virtualization VS2

by RichardDecember 7, 2012

Red Hat, Inc.  today announced that Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization is supported by HP VirtualSystem VS2. HP VirtualSystem VS2 is a new converged system reference architecture designed to speed virtualization software deployment while maximizing performance and scale as organizations move to cloud computing.

HP has offered Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization subscriptions and support services on HP ProLiant servers since the launch of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 in January 2012. Consulting, education and implementation services for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization are also available through HP.

The HP VirtualSystem VS2 Reference Architecture for Red Hat is an enterprise-business, single-rack solution that is optimized for compute density. It is based on the HP BladeSystem C7000 Enclosure, HP ProLiant BL460c servers, HP 5800 Switch Series and HP LeftHand P4800 Storage for BladeSystem and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization. The combined solution is designed to support hundreds of virtual machines, and provides a base set of extended configurations and sizing for typical workloads for deployment optimization.

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, including the new 3.1 update, is available worldwide today from HP.

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Red Hat Delivers Advanced Tooling, Community Resources to Software Developers
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Red Hat Delivers Advanced Tooling, Community Resources to Software Developers

by RichardJune 26, 2012

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Red Hat, Inc. today announced it has expanded its Red Hat Enterprise Linux Developer Program with enhancements to its Developer Suite, including a new toolset for software developers worldwide. Through the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Developer Suite, Red Hat delivers the latest, stable open source developer tool versions at an accelerated cadence than that of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Developers now have access to a robust suite of tools with synchronized availability on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat OpenShiftTM, allowing developers to deploy applications freely to either environment.

“For Linux programmers, having ready access to the latest, stable development tools is key to taking advantage of new Linux advancements,” said Jim Totton, vice president and general manager, Platform Business Unit, Red Hat, Inc. “The Red Hat Enterprise Linux Developer Program makes it easy for developers to access industry-leading developer tools, instructional resources and an ecosystem of experts to help Linux programmers maximize productivity in building great Red Hat Enterprise Linux applications.”

Designed for many types of Linux developers, including Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), software solution providers, Systems Integrators (SIs), enterprise, and government software developers, the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Developer Suite enhances developer productivity and improves time to deployment by providing affordable access and updates to essential development tools. The latest, stable tooling can be used to develop applications on Red Hat Enterprise Linux whether on-premise or off-premise in physical, virtual and cloud deployments, and on OpenShift, the leading open Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS).

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Red Hat Introduces Virtual Storage Appliance for AWS
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Red Hat Introduces Virtual Storage Appliance for AWS

by RichardFebruary 7, 2012

Red Hat today announced the availability of the Red Hat Virtual Storage Appliance for Amazon Web Services (AWS) that is built on the former Gluster technology that the company acquired in October 2011. As the leading enterprise-ready scale-out NAS offering for the public cloud available on the market today, Red Hat Virtual Storage Appliance enables organizations to extend their datacenter storage to the cloud. With the appliance, users have the ability to aggregate both Amazon Elastic Block Storage (EBS) and Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances, creating a highly available virtualized storage pool that offers enhanced scalability and performance in the cloud. This news comes on the heels of Red Hat’s announcement of its Storage Software Appliance in December 2011. These two products provide greater flexibility to organizations looking to include file storage in their on-premise and cloud strategies.

Red Hat Virtual Storage Appliance for AWS features both synchronous and asynchronous file replication, assuring data availability across AWS Availability Zones. Synchronous replication provides users with redundancy and protection within a single datacenter or multiple datacenters and availability zones in a region, while asynchronous geo-replication offers data availability across all AWS Regions. Red Hat Virtual Storage Appliance is POSIX compliant meaning that no application modifications are required for data access in the cloud.

“Organizations are increasingly looking for cloud storage that delivers the flexibility and cost savings of the cloud without having to overhaul their entire application and storage infrastructure,” said Terri McClure, analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. “This newest offering by Red Hat enables organizations to seamlessly easily extend their datacenter storage to the cloud while still receiving the performance and availability desired.”

Key benefits of Red Hat Virtual Storage Appliance for AWS include:

  • Deploy in minutes – Red Hat Virtual Storage Appliance for AWS
    can be deployed in minutes, providing one of the fastest ways to
    create an on-demand, high-performance, petabyte-scale storage
    environment;
  • Improved Amazon EC2 experience – each Red Hat Virtual Storage
    Appliance pools multiple EBS storage elements together, moving beyond
    capacity limitations of a single device and smoothing performance
    variations across the pool. With Red Hat Virtual Storage Appliance,
    Amazon EC2 customers experience greater availability, performance and
    utility pricing;
  • No application rewrites – because Red Hat Virtual Storage
    Appliance is POSIX- compliant, there is no need to rewrite
    applications when moving data to the cloud as with cloud-based object
    storage; and,
  • Extend your data center – Using the Red Hat Virtual Appliance
    along with the Red Hat Storage Software Appliance enables you to
    easily extend the unstructured data storage in your datacenter to the
    cloud. You can use storage as a large pool or resource and replicate
    to and from the cloud to meet your growing storage needs and to handle
    overflow situations.

“This release of Red Hat Virtual Storage Appliance for Amazon Web Services provides users with the highly available storage solutions necessary for a successful cloud deployment,” said Ranga Rangachari, general manager, Storage at Red Hat. “By using the appliance within the AWS environment, users are now able to scale linearly for performance and capacity, connect multiple AWS instances to a single shared storage pool, and also experience the benefits of an AWS deployment. In the near future, we expect the appliance to also support additional cloud providers and extend its benefits to their deployments.”

For more information about Red Hat Virtual Storage Appliance for Amazon Web Services, visit http://www.redhat.com/products/storage/virtual-storage/.

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Red Hat Releases Scale-Out Storage Product for Unstructured Data
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Red Hat Releases Scale-Out Storage Product for Unstructured Data

by RichardDecember 8, 2011

Red Hat today announced the availability of Red Hat Storage Software Appliance, which is its first integrated product that provides scale-out storage for unstructured data.

In early October, Red Hat announced that it had acquired Gluster, a leading provider of scale-out, open source storage solutions that extends the Red Hat solution portfolio with industry-leading capability for managing the storage of unstructured data. This acquisition brought together two companies with the same vision: to offer open source, reliable, scalable and cost-effective technologies to enterprises of all shapes and sizes. In the couple of months since the acquisition, the new Storage Team at Red Hat has been working hard to create its first product, the Red Hat Storage Software Appliance.

Red Hat Storage Software Appliance is built upon GlusterFS 3.2 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1. This software-only appliance enables enterprises to treat physical storage as a virtualized, standardized and scale-on-demand pool while continuing to provide the flexibility, performance and quality required for successful open source enterprise environments across physical and cloud deployments.

“These are exciting times for Red Hat and our ability to provide our first innovative storage offering to current and prospective customers,” said Ranga Rangachari, general manager, Storage at Red Hat. “We expect this announcement to be one of many that will enable organizations to reduce their storage costs while addressing the massive growth in unstructured data. We look forward to continuing to deliver the latest in open source storage appliances as the Storage Team continues to develop new solutions and innovative products to share.”

This release is great news for organizations with massive storage requirements and a mixed variety of workloads, such as digital media and content delivery networks, near-line storage, file sharing, backup and archival environments. As the digitalization trend continues to increase, new storage challenges arise, including rise in costs and lack of scalability. Red Hat Storage Software Appliance takes a new approach to delivering reliable, high-performance processing of unstructured data.

Red Hat Storage Software Appliance is now available from Red Hat for purchase and trials by prospective and current customers. For more information or to sign up for a trial, please visit www.redhat.com/storage.

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Red Hat Alliance with SAIC Aimed at DoD Cloud Computing
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Red Hat Alliance with SAIC Aimed at DoD Cloud Computing

by RichardNovember 7, 2011

Red Hat, Inc., provider of open source solutions, today announced a collaboration with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) to demonstrate and deliver innovative solutions that maximize the use of open source cloud computing technologies.

Offering security, scalability, interoperability and portability to reduce infrastructure and provide increased capabilities for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), a number of Red Hat solutions, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux, JBoss Enterprise Middleware, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, systems management technologies, Red Hat CloudForms, and the company’s OpenShift Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) cloud computing platform, will be deployed in SAIC’s new Advanced Computer Engineering (ACE) Laboratory located in North Charleston, S.C., adjacent to SAIC and Red Hat customers.

SAIC’s ACE Laboratory will serve as the foundation for an open community, providing an environment to maximize public and private cooperation focused on solving complex operational and computational problems. The laboratory provides physical and virtual environments for hands-on collaboration between SAIC, other contractors, small businesses, information technology vendors and government employees. Through emerging technology exploration and innovative solution demonstration, the ACE Laboratory aims to foster collaboration and information sharing, promote cloud computing best practices and deliver low-cost, enterprise-scale “create once, optimally manage and reuse often” solutions.

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Red Hat to Acquire Open Source Storage, Big Data Management Company
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Red Hat to Acquire Open Source Storage, Big Data Management Company

by RichardOctober 4, 2011

Red Hat, Inc., provider of open source solutions to the enterprise, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Gluster, Inc., a leading provider of scale-out, open source storage solutions for standardizing the management of unstructured data. With this acquisition, Red Hat will define a new baseline for how enterprise IT manages the explosion of big data, whether deployed on-premise or spanning into the public cloud. Red Hat is expanding into a critical part of enterprise infrastructure, enabling it to deliver open storage solutions that protect customer investments as they approach the new era of computing.

“The explosion of big data and the new paradigm of cloud computing are converging, forcing IT to re-think storage investments that are cost-effective, manageable and scale for the future,” said Brian Stevens, CTO and vice president, Worldwide Engineering at Red Hat. “Our customers are looking for software-based storage solutions that manage their file-based data on-premise, in the cloud and bridging between the two. With unstructured data growth (such as log files, virtual machines, email, audio, video and documents), the 90’s paradigm of forcing everything into expensive, single-system DBMS residing on an internal corporate SAN has become unwieldy and impractical.”

Founded in 2005, Gluster’s goal was to simplify storage using open source software and commodity hardware. The heart of Gluster is GlusterFS, a software-only, scale-out storage system. It allows enterprises to combine large numbers of commodity storage and compute resources into a high-performance, centrally-managed and globally-accessible storage pool. By combining commodity economics with a scale-out approach, customers can deploy abundant storage without compromising on cost, performance and manageability. Gluster has emerged as an innovative open source leader, relied upon by companies such as Pandora, Box.net and Samsung to efficiently manage large volumes of data.

“We are extremely pleased to be joining Red Hat,” said AB Periasamy, co-founder and CTO of Gluster. “We believe this is a perfect combination of technologies, strategies and cultures and is a great development for our customers, employees, investors and community. Gluster started off with a goal to be the Red Hat of storage. Now, we are the storage of Red Hat.”

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BMC Software, Eucalyptus, HP, IBM, Intel, Red Hat and SUSE Create Open Virtualization Alliance
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BMC Software, Eucalyptus, HP, IBM, Intel, Red Hat and SUSE Create Open Virtualization Alliance

by RichardMay 17, 2011

BMC Software, Eucalyptus Systems, HP, IBM, Intel, Red Hat, Inc. and SUSE today announced the formation of the Open Virtualization Alliance, a consortium committed to fostering the adoption of open virtualization technologies including Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM). The consortium will promote examples of customer successes, encourage interoperability and accelerate the expansion of the ecosystem of third party solutions around KVM, providing businesses improved choice, performance and price for virtualization.

The Open Virtualization Alliance will provide education, best practices and technical advice to help businesses understand and evaluate their virtualization options. The consortium complements the existing open source communities managing the development of the KVM hypervisor and associated management capabilities, which are rapidly driving technology innovations for customers virtualizing both Linux and Windows® applications.

KVM virtualization provides compelling performance, scalability and security for today’s applications, smoothing the path from single system deployments to large-scale cloud computing. As a core component in the Linux kernel, KVM leverages hardware virtualization support built into Intel and AMD processors, providing a robust, efficient environment for hosting Linux and Windows virtual machines.  KVM naturally leverages the rapid innovation of the Linux kernel (to virtualize both Linux and Windows guests), automatically benefiting from scheduler, memory management, power management, device driver and other features being produced by the thousands of developers in the Linux community.

Members of the Open Virtualization Alliance have a common interest in supporting open virtualization, and are involved in the development, distribution, support, use, or other business interest in KVM or offerings which use it. By providing an open virtualization alternative, they are offering their clients choice and enabling them to select the ideal virtualization products for their business needs.

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Red Hat Introduces JBoss Enterprise Data Grid
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Red Hat Introduces JBoss Enterprise Data Grid

by RichardMay 3, 2011

Red Hat, Inc. (open source solutions) today announced the launch of JBoss Enterprise Data Grid 6, a cloud-ready, highly scalable distributed data cache, which can help ease the load on database servers, reduce response times in applications, and provide additional failure resilience. JBoss Enterprise Data Grid 6 is based on the popular JBoss Community project, Infinispan, and will initially be available through an Early Access Program.

Scaling the data-tier has become a technical and economic challenge for organizations, with scaling up involving additional hardware and database software licenses, and scaling out involving complex data partitioning or clustering technologies. The flexibility and agility provided by data grids is a natural complement to Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and contemporary shared-services architectures.

Based on some of the core concepts from cutting-edge NoSQL technologies such as Amazon Dynamo, and combined with accepted enterprise architectures and design patterns, JBoss Enterprise Data Grid is designed to deliver highly resilient and transactional data access with the agility and economic benefits of cloud computing.

According to a blog post by Forrester Research analyst Mike Gualtieri, “Elastic caching and cloud computing are a match made in heaven for app scaling in the cloud.”1

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