Red Hat has launched a technology preview for the infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) OpenStack project.
One of the prominent sponsors to the Openstack IaaS project, Red Hat has been vocal of the software on its attempt to dethrone proprietary cloud-based services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS). The newly released OpenStack technology preview will give customers a glimpse of the software’s quick development, which has the potential to spearhead the future of cloud deployment.
Consequently, Red Hat has set up a version of its highly popular Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) distribution (distro) with OpenStack, with the technology preview now available for download. The software company said it anticipates the release of a fully supported version of OpenStack to run on its RHEL distro by next year.
“We’ve been working in the OpenStack community for a while now and can see its potential. Our focus has been around making OpenStack a great product for enterprises to use. Just like we did with Linux. In the future, we plan to release a commercial version of OpenStack for enterprise customers. But today, we invite you to download a preview of that product and try it out for free,” said the company in a statement on its website.
According to Red Hat, the main idea is to offer customers an OpenStack experience and said that it is working with several select customers to brush up its OpenStack distro. Now the company wishes other firms to contribute with feedback or suggestions ahead of its full production release.
“Through our expanding involvement with OpenStack, we’ve seen a thriving community develop and are excited in reaching this milestone along the way to delivering an enterprise-class product based on this open cloud technology. Our current productization efforts are focused around hardening an integrated solution of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and OpenStack to deliver an enterprise-ready solution that enables enterprises worldwide to realize infrastructure clouds,” said Brian Stevens, CTO and VP of worldwide engineering at Red Hat.
Red Hat, debatably the leading Linux vendor that supplies several valuable companies, is following a gentle plan of attack to push OpenStack, which indicates the market is warming up to the notion of open-source cloud-based infrastructures. The firm said OpenStack will be a key component of its business, similar to its RHEL distro and JBoss middleware.
However, Red Hat is not the only Linux vendor that pushes OpenStack, as rivals Canonical and SUSE are also major supporters of the software project. Recently, hosting service Rackspace launched its first public OpenStack-based cloud service.
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