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Red Hat Previews its OpenStack Distribution

Red Hat has released a public preview of its OpenStack IaaS distribution

Red Hat has released a public preview of its OpenStack IaaS distribution a couple of weeks after Rackspace got the ball rolling and went production with the open source stuff on its own public cloud.

Red Hat, the third-biggest contributor to the current Essex release, is being a bit more circumspect about it. Its stuff is unsupported at this point.

It says it’s making sure the thing is enterprise-worthy, stable and certified apropos of introducing it as an enterprise subscription product. Whether Essex meets those criteria is reportedly debatable but Red Hat maintains that it will be the “industry’s only enterprise-ready OpenStack distribution.”

Red Hat is betting on the hybrid cloud and expects OpenStack to be an important component of its hybrid cloud architecture by letting an IT organization stand up a cloud at a service provider.

Apparently it’s got an early group of customers waiting for a commercial release of OpenStack from Red Hat that have provided feedback and testing. The preview is supposed to bring in a wider group of customers to further develop the distribution and its usage with other Red Hat products.

To underscore that revenue-producing point, Red Hat says “Cloud is a major shift in the way that computing is operated and delivered. It’s not a shift that can be implemented with a single point product.”

Naturally the widgetry is based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and lets the company peddle its Cloudforms management, JBoss middleware, virtualization, storage and OpenShift Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS).

Red Hat says it’s working closely with key partners such as Rackspace to provide fully managed Red Hat OpenStack-powered clouds in the future.

The preview can be had at www.redhat.com/tryopenstack. A fully supported release won’t be out until next year.

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