Red Hat Advances Its OpenStack Enterprise and Community Technologies and Roadmap

Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:30am EDT

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Red Hat OpenStack Early Adopter Program and Establishment of Open Source RDO
Community to Help Customers Realize the Benefit of Community-Powered Innovation
RALEIGH, N.C.--(Business Wire)--
Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world`s leading provider of open source
solutions, today announced updates to its OpenStack enterprise and community
technologies and roadmap, including the advancement of its enterprise Red Hat
OpenStack offering into an Early Adopter Program and the availability of RDO, a
community-supported distribution of OpenStack that runs on Red Hat Enterprise
Linux, Fedora and their derivatives. In addition, Red Hat today also announced
Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner Network, a global ecosystem of
technology and services partners to help accelerate the adoption of Red Hat
Cloud Infrastructure solutions. 

Red Hat OpenStack Early Adopter Program

In August 2012, Red Hat announced the availability of the preview release of its
Red Hat OpenStack distribution, based on the popular OpenStack framework for
building and managing private, public and hybrid Infrastructure-as-a-Service
(IaaS) clouds. With this, Red Hat delivered on the first step in its plans for
the industry`s only enterprise-ready OpenStack distribution with Red Hat`s
award-winning commercial support, certified ecosystem of hardware and
application vendors and leadership in delivering trusted open source clouds for
organizations worldwide requiring enterprise-grade solutions and support. 

Today, Red Hat announces that its Red Hat OpenStack distribution has advanced
from the preview version into an Early Adopter Program. The Red Hat OpenStack
Preview was based on the community Essex release. Today`s Red Hat OpenStack
Early Adopter Program is based on the community Folsom release, of which Red Hat
was the second top corporate code contributor. In the community`s
most recent release this month, Grizzly, Red Hat moved to become the number one
corporate code contributor. 

Red Hat OpenStack provides a foundation for organizations to build a private or
public IaaS cloud for cloud-enabled workloads. Red Hat OpenStack allows
customers to leverage OpenStack technologies, while maintaining the security,
stability and enterprise readiness of a platform built on Red Hat Enterprise

Open Source RDO Community Launched

Accessible beginning today, RDO is a freely available, community-supported
distribution of OpenStack that runs on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Fedora and
their derivatives. It offers a pure upstream OpenStack experience with the
latest stable release from, packaged, integrated and easy to
deploy on Red Hat platforms. The community at offers the
opportunity to interact with other users of OpenStack on Red Hat platforms, to
share knowledge and build capacity. 

RDO brings the core OpenStack components - Nova, Glance, Keystone, Cinder,
Quantum, Swift and Horizon - as well as incubating projects Heat, for cloud
application orchestration, and Ceilometer, for resource monitoring and metering.
Installation is made easy with the Red Hat-developed installation tool,

In addition to providing a set of software packages, RDO is also a place for
users of the cloud computing platform on Red Hat operating systems to get help
and compare notes on running OpenStack. Users of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and
its derivatives now have a place where they can get official packages of the
latest software released by the upstream OpenStack project, for their platform
of choice. 


RDO is available for download today. Customers interested in the Red Hat
OpenStack Early Adopter Program can contact their Red Hat sales representative.
The Red Hat OpenStack Early Adopter code is now available via a free 90-day

Supporting Quotes

Brian Stevens, CTO and vice president, Worldwide Engineering, Red Hat

"OpenStack represents an ideal example of community-powered innovation in the
cloud, and Red Hat is committed to bringing a community-to-subscription model
around the OpenStack technology that aims to redefine IT. We support the
OpenStack ecosystem through software development and community engagement and
are excited to continue advancing these technologies with the community through
RDO and for our enterprise customers with advancements with our Red Hat
OpenStack distribution today." 

Stephen O'Grady, principal analyst, RedMonk

"As open source projects mature, one of the key factors in their wider adoption
becomes packaging. With its RDO distribution, Red Hat is clearly looking to
streamline the implementation process for OpenStack thus widening the project's

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 Early Adopter Program
* Join the community or download RDO

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