Red Hat All In for OpenStack


Great news for OpenStack addicts as Red Hat has underlined its support of the open-source project.

As late as May there was some talk that the OpenStack Summit in Boston would be the last one. However, support for the platform from developers and end-users has rocketed in recent months.

Rob Young is a senior manager of virtualization product and strategy at Red Hat and he has praised the swift transformation of OpenStack. Where the platform was once mainly used by telecommunications companies it is now being adopted by financial, healthcare and public-sector industries. It has matured into a very user-friendly system and he sees more end-users taking on OpenStack “because of the simplification of what was once complex, but also in the cost savings that can be realized by managing your own cloud within a hybrid cloud environment”.

The Red Hat OpenStack Platform is currently in its 11th version and Red Hat has kept faith with the technology over the years as its popularity has plateaued. However, OpenStack’s rising profile has vindicated Red Hat’s choice to support the platform. Rob Young went on to say: “We continue to lead that market as far as OpenStack development, innovation and contributions.”

Part of Red Hat’s success has been due to its decision to break OpenStack down into “bite-sized” pieces. This has brought more choice to end-users and allows them to tailor storage, network and availability on the number of servers they want. As Young said: “We looked at the components, and we have unshackled them from each other.

“If you want to have a very large footprint with many nodes of storage, we can do that; if you want to scale that just when peak season hits, you can do that as well.”

Separating OpenStack into manageable pieces meant they could also instigate communities and forums for each OpenStack component. This has stimulated development and thus interest in the platform amongst developers.

“We’ve also led the effort to create open APIs [Application Program Interfaces] for management tools,” Young added.

The progress made by OpenStack means it is now a versatile platform that can be an asset to almost any industry. Additionally its user-friendliness means it can be adopted with a minimum level of down-time and training.