Red Hat Announces Establishment of Partner Network for Cloud Infrastructure Solutions Powered by Red Hat OpenStack

Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:30am EDT

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Early Adopter Partners Join Red Hat`s OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner
RALEIGH, N.C.--(Business Wire)--
Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world`s leading provider of open source
solutions, today announced partner support for its Red Hat OpenStack
distribution, which graduated from a preview version to an Early Adopter Program
today. In conjunction with this, Red Hat also announced the establishment of its
Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner Network, focused on building a
robust ecosystem around the Red Hat OpenStack distribution and cloud
infrastructure technologies, which is currently accepting nominations for early
adopter partner participation. 

The Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner Network is a multi-tiered
program designed for third-party commercial companies that offer hardware,
software and services for customers to implement cloud infrastructure solutions
powered by Red Hat OpenStack. Building an ecosystem of third-party technology
partners with solutions that have been tested, certified and supported is an
important part of establishing customer confidence in Red Hat OpenStack.
Responding to this need, a core element of the program is a certification
process for technology partners to integrate and validate their solutions around
Red Hat OpenStack. 

The program offers partners the opportunity to gain the necessary expertise with
Red Hat OpenStack technologies, as well as key resources they need to test,
certify and publish their solutions. Partners can certify with a single
component of OpenStack such as Cinder, Swift or Quantum, or they may choose to
certify with the entire set of OpenStack technologies as supported by Red Hat.
As part of the program Red Hat will provide access to Red Hat OpenStack builds
and roadmap, developer support and a range of go-to-market activities to assist
in customer adoption. 

Today hardware, software and services partners can join the program as an early
adopter and gain access to Red Hat OpenStack builds, developer support and
insight into the Red Hat OpenStack certification, which is slated to be fully
available in line with the supported Red Hat OpenStack enterprise offering that
is expected later this year. 

The Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner Network features three
participation levels, in addition to the Alliance Tier:

* Red Hat OpenStack Premier: Unique and enterprise-ready partner integration
with Red Hat OpenStack technologies 
* Red Hat OpenStack Advanced: Certified technical compatibility with Red Hat
OpenStack components, including but not limited to Cinder, Nova and Quantum 
* Red Hat OpenStack Ready: Base-level compatibility with Red Hat OpenStack


Companies interested in being part of the Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure
Partner Network can begin participating as early adopters today. Technology
certification as part of the Program is planned for later this year. 

Supporting Quotes

Radhesh Balakrishnan, general manager, Virtualization, Red Hat

"As we're getting closer to delivering an enterprise-ready OpenStack offering
backed by our award-winning commercial support, it`s extremely important that we
collaborate to establish a vibrant ecosystem of partners with solutions and
services that are designed to meet our customers' needs. We see that partners
and customers are looking for standards to emerge within the OpenStack
ecosystem, and Red Hat is here to deliver stable enterprise targets with which
partners can develop, test and support solutions for joint customers." 

Parvesh Sethi, senior vice president, Cisco Services

"We have seen a tremendous interest in and pent-up demand for OpenStack from a
broad range of Cisco`s most strategic customers, and we fully expect OpenStack
to be widely adopted. Until now, there have been limited production-grade fully
supported solutions available. We are therefore excited to be exploring
opportunities to expand our relationship to collaborate closely with Red Hat on
the OpenStack cloud infrastructure." 

Billy Cox, director, Intel Datacenter Software Division

"Intel and Red Hat have a long tradition of working together to address our
joint enterprise customers` challenges in the datacenter. Intel is excited to be
an alliance member of the Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner Network
and to support Red Hat to deliver an enterprise-ready OpenStack distribution. We
are collaborating with Red Hat to embed security into Red Hat OpenStack
solutions to improve security through Intel`s Trusted Compute Pools-- enabling
an automated hardware root of trust to enforce and monitor cloud servers.
Today`s announcement is evidence of the joint commitment to provide secure cloud
infrastructure solutions to customers." 

Adrian Ionel, president & CEO, Mirantis

"Mirantis and Red Hat share the goal of building robust, production-grade
OpenStack clouds for demanding customer workloads. We are excited about our deep
integration of services and solutions with Red Hat as we enhance our strategic
partnership as part of the Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner

For more information

* Register to join Red Hat`s virtual press conference, broadcasting live at 12
p.m. ET on April 15, to learn more about the news 
* Learn more about the Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner Network

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