Companies Expand Relationship, Accelerate Collaboration Around OpenStack, Application Centric Infrastructure and Intercloud
Cisco (NYSE: CSCO) and Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) today announced a new integrated infrastructure solution for OpenStack-based cloud deployments. In addition, the companies announced an expansion of their relationship, accelerating collaboration around OpenStack, Application Centric Infrastructure and Intercloud.
Cisco is the market leader in integrated infrastructure—the fast growing market segment that combines server, networking, storage and management software. The new family of Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure solutions will target enterprise and mid-market customers by streamlining deployment and operation of OpenStack-based private clouds today, while providing an on-ramp to the Intercloud. Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform (UCSO) will combine Cisco Unified Computing™ (UCS), Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure(ACI) and Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform.
“Cisco is working with its partners to build the Intercloud—an interconnected, global, ‘cloud of clouds’ connecting private, public, and hybrid clouds,” said Padmasree Warrior, chief technology & strategy officer at Cisco. “As the cloud industry pivots towards open source technology, Cisco and Red Hat are expanding our relationship and accelerating collaboration around OpenStack, Application Centric Infrastructure and Intercloud.”
“Open source technology has emerged as the catalyst for cloud innovation,” said Paul Cormier, president, Products and Technologies at Red Hat. “Cisco is a market leader in cloud infrastructure and integrated infrastructure, while Red Hat brings market leadership and deep domain expertise of open source and OpenStack. By combining our complementary strengths, Cisco and Red Hat have a unique opportunity to capitalize on this market disruption.”
Integrated Infrastructure for OpenStack
- The Cisco UCS Integrated
Infrastructure portfolio represents key building blocks ideally suited to
supporting private, public, and hybrid clouds. The architecture combines the UCS
servers with Nexus switching, UCS Director management, and storage access for
streamlined deployment of applications and cloud services.
- The UCSO solution is expected to feature three offerings: a
Starter Edition that enables quick and easy installation for enterprise private
clouds; an Advanced Edition that enables rapid deployment and operation of
large scale private clouds; and an Advanced ACI Edition delivering
policy-driven infrastructure deployment and operation for large scale clouds by
utilizing Cisco ACI.
- In addition to 24x7 product support on Cisco and Red Hat
components, customers will also have an option to purchase Solution Support,
which will provide global, 24x7 access to a team of cross-trained experts.
- UCSO Starter Edition is expected to become generally
available by the end of 2014. Qualified channel partners and Cisco Cloud
Consulting Services will be able to facilitate the deployment of these
Having worked together successfully on unified computing and networking for years, Cisco and Red Hat will accelerate collaboration around three new areas: OpenStack, Application Centric Infrastructure and Intercloud. Together, Cisco and Red Hat aim to deliver a set of Intercloud-ready solutions designed to bring OpenStack to enterprise and service provider customers.
- OpenStack: Cisco and Red Hat are working
together to provide fully supported, certified platforms that deliver open
source innovation and optimized functionality. The companies intend to
collaborate to deliver validated architectures, a growing third-party ISV and
IHV ecosystem, governance across clouds, and advanced services for lifecycle
management of cloud solutions.
- Application Centric Infrastructure:
Cisco and Red Hat are extending the Cisco ACI policy framework to OpenStack
environments, enabling customers to leverage greater policy-based automation in
their cloud environments.
- Intercloud: As the industry leader
in open source technologies, Red Hat is an integral component of Cisco's
Intercloud ecosystem. In addition to developing an integrated infrastructure
solution for enterprise and mid-market customers, Cisco and Red Hat intend to
develop carrier-grade, service provider solutions for the Cisco Evolved Services Platform—Cisco’s software and virtualization platform for hybrid cloud
deployments. Red Hat and Cisco also collaborate around OpenShift, Red Hat’s
award-winning Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering, and storage technologies,
and Red Hat on OpenStack Innovation
New Computing Platforms for the Internet of Everything
(Padmasree Warrior, chief strategy & technology office, Cisco)
the open hybrid cloud with Cisco (Bryan Che, general manager,
Cloud Product Strategy, Red Hat)
- Read Blog: Cisco
and Red Hat to Build On-Ramps to the Intercloud
(Denny Trevett, Vice President, Global ISV and Technology Partners, Cisco)
Blog: Partnering to accelerate the path to hybrid
cloud via open innovation (Radhesh Balakrishnan, general manager, Virtualization and
OpenStack, Red Hat)
- Read Blog: Cisco
UCSO: A Solution Whose Name Length is Second Only to the List of Customer
Benefits (Jim McHugh, Vice President of UCS Marketing,
Blog: Cisco and Red Hat provide the innovation
stack with OpenStack (Ashesh Badani, vice president and general manager, OpenShift,
next level of innovation and collaboration in cloud storage (Sarangan
Rangachari, vice president and general manager, Storage, Red Hat)
- Read Blog: Delivering OpenStack
Innovation Through ACI Collaboration: Red Hat and Cisco (Paul Cormier, president, Products and
Technologies, Red Hat)
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