Red Hat Unveils Big Data and Open Hybrid Cloud Direction

Wed Feb 20, 2013 11:00am EST

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Red Hat to Contribute Red Hat Storage Hadoop Plug-in to Apache Hadoop Community
RALEIGH, N.C.--(Business Wire)--
Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world`s leading provider of open source
solutions, today announced its big data direction and solutions to satisfy
enterprise requirements for highly reliable, scalable, and manageable solutions
to effectively run their big data analytics workloads. In addition, Red Hat
announced that the company will contribute its Red Hat Storage Hadoop plug-in to
the ApacheTM Hadoop open community to transform Red Hat Storage into a
fully-supported, Hadoop-compatible file system for big data environments, and
that Red Hat is building a robust network of ecosystem and enterprise
integration partners to deliver comprehensive big data solutions to enterprise
customers. This is another example of Red Hat`s strategic commitment to big data
customers and its continuing efforts to provide them with enterprise solutions
through community-driven innovation. 

Red Hat big data infrastructure and application platforms are ideally suited for
enterprises leveraging the open hybrid cloud environment. Red Hat is working
with the open cloud community to support big data customers. Many enterprises
worldwide use public cloud infrastructure, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS),
for the development, proof-of-concept, and pre-production phases of their big
data projects. The workloads are then moved to their private clouds to scale up
the analytics with the larger data set. An open hybrid cloud environment enables
enterprises to transfer workloads from the public cloud into their private cloud
without the need to re-tool their applications. Red Hat is actively engaged in
the open cloud community through projects like OpenStack and OpenShift Origin to
help meet these enterprise big data expectations both today and in the future. 

Today, there are several Red Hat solutions available to effectively manage
enterprise big data workloads. Focused on three primary areas, Red Hat`s big
data direction includes extending its product portfolio to deliver enhanced
enterprise-class infrastructure solutions and application platforms, and
partnering with leading big data analytics vendors and integrators. 

Red Hat`s Big Data Infrastructure Solutions

* Red Hat Enterprise Linux - According to the Jan. 2012 The Linux Foundation
Enterprise Linux User Report, the majority of big data implementations run on
Linux and as the leading provider of commercial Linux1, Red Hat Enterprise Linux
is a leading platform for big data deployments. Red Hat Enterprise Linux excels
in distributed architectures and includes features that address critical big
data needs. Managing tremendous data volumes and intensive analytic processing
requires an infrastructure designed for high performance, reliability,
fine-grained resource management, and scale-out storage. Red Hat Enterprise
Linux addresses these challenges while adding the ability to develop, integrate,
and secure big data applications reliably and scale easily to keep up with the
pace that data is generated, analyzed, or transferred. This can be accomplished
in the cloud, making it easier to store, aggregate, normalize, and integrate
data from sources across multiple platforms, whether they are deployed as
physical, virtual, or cloud-based resources. 
* Red Hat Storage - Built on the trusted Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating
system and the proven GlusterFS distributed file system, Red Hat Storage Servers
can be used to pool inexpensive commodity servers to provide a cost-effective,
scalable, and reliable storage solution for big data.

Announced today, Red Hat intends to make its Hadoop plug-in for Red Hat Storage
available to the Hadoop community later this year. Currently in technology
preview, the Red Hat Storage Apache Hadoop plug-in provides a new storage option
for enterprise Hadoop deployments that delivers enterprise storage features
while maintaining the API compatibility and local data access the Hadoop
community expects. Red Hat Storage brings enterprise-class features to big data
environments, such as Geo replication, High Availability, POSIX compliance,
disaster recovery, and management, without compromising API compatibility and
data locality. Customers now have a unified data and scale out storage software
platform to accommodate files and objects deployed across physical, virtual,
public and hybrid cloud resources.

* Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization - Announced in Dec. 2012, Red Hat Enterprise
Virtualization 3.1 is integrated with Red Hat Storage, enabling it to access the
secure, shared storage pool managed by Red Hat Storage. This integration also
offers enterprises reduced operational costs, expanded portability, choice of
infrastructure, scalability, availability and the power of community-driven
innovation with the contributions of the open source oVirt and Gluster projects.
The combination of these platforms furthers Red Hat`s open hybrid cloud vision
of an integrated and converged Red Hat Storage and Red Hat Enterprise
Virtualization node that serves both compute and storage resources.

Red Hat`s Big Data Application and Integration Platforms

* Red Hat JBoss Middleware - Red Hat JBoss Middleware provides enterprises with
powerful technologies for creating and integrating big data-driven applications
that are able to interact with new and emerging technologies like Hadoop or
MongoDB. Big data is only valuable when businesses can extract information and
respond intelligently. Red Hat JBoss Middleware solutions can populate large
volumes and varieties of data quickly and reliably into Hadoop with high speed
messaging technologies; simplify working with MongoDB through Hibernate OGM;
process large volumes of data quickly and easily with Red Hat JBoss Data Grid;
access Hadoop along with your traditional data sources with JBoss Enterprise
Data Services Platform; and identify opportunities and threats through pattern
recognition with JBoss Enterprise BRMS. Red Hat`s middleware portfolio is
well-suited to help enterprises seize the opportunities of big data.

Big Data Partnerships

* Big Data Ecosystem Partners - To provide a comprehensive big data solution set
to enterprises, Red Hat plans to partner with leading big data software and
hardware providers to offer interoperability. Development of certified and
documented reference architectures are expected to allow users to integrate and
install comprehension enterprise big data solutions. 
* Enterprise Partners - Red Hat anticipates enabling the delivery of a
comprehensive big data solution to its customers through leading enterprise
integration partners utilizing the reference architectures developed by Red Hat
and its big data ecosystem partners.

Supporting Quotes

Ranga Rangachari, vice president and general manager, Storage, Red Hat

"With today`s announcement, Red Hat demonstrates its strong commitment to
continue to provide enterprise infrastructure and platforms to effectively run
big data applications today and in the growing open hybrid cloud environment.
With true enterprise-class offerings, Red Hat leverages the power of the open
source community to give our big data customers a choice in technology,
deployment environments, and partners." 

Ashish Nadkarni, research director, Storage Systems and co-lead, Big Data Global
Overview, IDC

"Red Hat is uniquely positioned to excel in enterprise big data solutions, a
market that IDC expects to grow from $6 billion in 2011 to $23.8 billion in
2016.2 Red Hat is one of the very few infrastructure providers that can deliver
a comprehensive big data solution because of the breadth of its infrastructure
solutions and application platforms for on-premises or cloud delivery models. As
a leading contributor to open source communities developing essential
technologies for the big data IT stack - from Linux to OpenStack Origin and
Gluster - Red Hat will continue to play a pivotal role in Big Data." 

During today`s press webcast at 11:30 a.m. ET, Red Hat will provide more
information on its big data direction and technologies. A live question and
answer session will follow the presentation by Rangachari. Questions can be
submitted directly via the webcast platform, sent to or
submitted through Twitter via the hashtag #redhat. To register for this press
webcast or view the replay, please visit here. 

Additional Resources

* For more information about Red Hat Storage visit here
* For more information about Red Hat Enterprise Linux visit here
* For more information about Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization visit here
* For more information about Red Hat JBoss Middleware visit here
* For more information about Red Hat and open hybrid cloud visit here

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1 IDC Worldwide Linux Client & Server Operating Environments 2012 - 2016
Forecast and 2011 Vendor Shares, July 2012 

2 Big Data: Global Overview: Market Analysis, December 2012, IDC #238746,
Volume: 1

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