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Red Hat Continues Leadership and Momentum with Open Hybrid Clouds

Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced advancements in its delivery of open hybrid cloud solutions and technologies to enterprises. Expanding its cloud footprint, Red Hat today delivers an update to its open hybrid cloud management platform with the availability of Red Hat CloudForms 1.1 and releases two cloud solution bundles and a services offering combining several of Red Hat’s leading product portfolios.

Red Hat CloudForms 1.1

In early June 2012, Red Hat delivered the first release of Red Hat CloudForms, an open hybrid cloud management platform built to enable enterprises to create and manage Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) hybrid clouds with the ability to make self-service computing resources available to users in a managed, governed and secure way. With CloudForms, enterprises can build and manage an open enterprise hybrid cloud, providing infrastructure choice spanning across multiple virtualization platforms and extending to public cloud resources, and can build and manage applications in their cloud, enabling enterprises to use their cloud for their workloads.

Today, Red Hat updates the CloudForms platform with the release of CloudForms 1.1. With this release, Red Hat has expanded the reach of the product further into Asia Pacific and Europe with enablement for four additional languages, including Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese and Portuguese. The 1.1 release also incorporates a number of updates and fixes covering features such as:

  • System Groups: allowing administrators to easily organize systems to perform actions, such as updating packages, upon many systems as if they were one.
  • LDAP Support: allowing enterprises to leverage their existing identity management solutions within CloudForms.
  • Content searching: providing enterprises the ability to quickly search all application lifecycle environments for specific pieces of content.

Open Hybrid Cloud Solutions and Open IaaS Architecture Service Offering

At the Red Hat Summit in June 2012, Red Hat announced a set of solutions designed to enable enterprises to build and manage open hybrid clouds. Combining Red Hat’s full portfolio of products, the solutions offer enterprises an easy on-ramp to open hybrid cloud computing with reduced complexity.

The first of the four solutions, Red Hat Storage, was delivered in June 2012. Today, Red Hat announces the general availability of two additional open hybrid cloud solutions:

  • Red Hat Hybrid IaaS Solution: This offering reduces the complexity of building a hybrid cloud by providing a comprehensive set of software components to save time in deploying a hybrid cloud. The solution includes virtualization management with Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization; a hybrid cloud management framework with Red Hat CloudForms; guest operating system with Red Hat Enterprise Linux and the ability to add on-demand public cloud compute hours with Red Hat Certified Public Cloud Providers.
  • Red Hat Cloud with Virtualization Bundle: With this offering, customers can combine cloud and virtualization projects into one step to enable the acceleration of project completion, the reduction of project hours and lowered total cost of ownership. This solution includes software needed to build and manage a cloud, from virtualization management to cloud orchestration, to cover virtual machine management, systems management and application lifecycle management. Included in the solution bundle are Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and Red Hat CloudForms.

In addition, Red Hat is also launching a new cloud-focused offering from its Services team, called the Open IaaS Architecture Service. Cloud services from Red Hat are designed to accelerate the development of functional, enterprise-ready clouds and their associated services and benefits to enterprises. To help enable a customer’s private or hybrid cloud for success from day one, Red Hat offers its Open IaaS Architecture Service, which defines, designs, installs and optimizes Red Hat’s cloud and virtualization offerings to deliver an open, scalable IaaS specific to each customer’s environment. The service also includes documentation of the installation as well as guidance on best practices for ongoing management.

Availability

CloudForms 1.1, the Red Hat Hybrid IaaS Solution, the Red Hat Cloud with Virtualization Bundle and the Open IaaS Architecture Service are globally available from Red Hat today.

Virtual Event and Announcement

To learn more about these announcements and to hear from Red Hat executives, partners and customers about Red Hat Cloud and the full Red Hat portfolio, join Red Hat for its Optimizing IT virtual event beginning at 11:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. The keynote and presentations will also be available on demand following the live event. Join by visiting https://vts.inxpo.com/scripts/server.nxp?LASCmd=AI:4;F:QS!10100&ShowKey=11689&AffiliateData=press.

Supporting Quotes

Bryan Che, general manager, Cloud Business Unit, Red Hat

“With Red Hat’s expertise in open source and throughout the full stack, we are an ideal partner for enterprises looking to deploy open hybrid cloud solutions. With the delivery of both an update to our CloudForms management platform and the availability of our two hybrid cloud solutions, we’re offering our customers even greater flexibility and ease in the cloud. With these offerings, Red Hat drives further cloud leadership for the industry.”

Jay Lyman, senior analyst, 451 Research

Today's enterprise organizations face a forward path that must consider existing and legacy investments in datacenter, virtual and cloud computing infrastructure and technology. With its comprehensive suite of virtualization, cloud computing and hybrid offerings, as well as additional choices common to many enterprise implementations, Red Hat is matching market demand for flexibility, openness and performance that will help enterprises evolve their IT infrastructure with the cloud.”

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About Red Hat, Inc.

Red Hat is the world's leading provider of open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to reliable and high-performing cloud, Linux, middleware, storage and virtualization technologies. Red Hat also offers award-winning support, training, and consulting services. As the connective hub in a global network of enterprises, partners, and open source communities, Red Hat helps create relevant, innovative technologies that liberate resources for growth and prepare customers for the future of IT. Learn more at http://www.redhat.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

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