Today, Red Hat announced the preview of a commercial release for OpenStack, the cloud platform started by Rackspace and NASA.
Red Hat, the Raleigh based company, responsible for creating and maintaining the homonymous GNU/Linux distribution, was involved in the OpenStack project since last April.
This is the first public release from Red Hat for Openstack Distribution, based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 is now available for download but it will be commercially supported only next year.
OpenStack cloud computing project can count on the partecipation of more than 150 companies: IBM, Intel, Cisco and Red Hat among them, all of them collaborating to what is becoming rapidly the leading open source cloud platform.
Red Hat and IBM are supporting OpenStack Foundation as platinum members, together with AT&T, Canonical, HP, Nebula, Rackspace, and SUSE. Hewlett-Packard, Rackspace and now Red Hat have delivered commercial projects based on OpenStack, now we have to wait for the move of the others, with particular attention to IBM.
Brian Stevens, CTO and vice president of Red Hat affirms:
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. We invite OpenStack enthusiasts and enterprises interested in the technology to download our preview and provide feedback to help us accelerate the delivery of a stable OpenStack enterprise platform for the industry.