Red Hat keeps disrupting cloud, virtualization

Key theme at this week's Red Hat Summit

Red Hat is continuing its push into the cloud with more product announcements from the Red Hat Summit in Boston today, but also showcased a new expansion of virtualization with its partner SAP AG.

In a keynote at the Summit today, Irfan Khan, senior vice president and chief technology officer, Sybase, announced that Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) 3.0 is now certified to run SAP applications on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL).

The idea is to enable enterprise users to have the ability to scale to support growing numbers of workloads and users as well as compatibility between RHEV and the SAP ecosystems.

Expanding customer choice is a big meta theme at this year's Summit thus far, particularly as it was outlined by Khan's opening act this morning, Paul Cormier, President, Products and Technologies, Red Hat. Cormier is no mere opening act, though; an engineer at heart he can put is own spin on product announcements that can lay it all out.

In his talk, Cormier outlined how Red Hat is one of two companies in the world that can offer a serious end-to-end cloud strategy. The other company is Microsoft. The reason for such a lofty comparison (at least in terms of the companies' ledgers) is simple: both companies are the only ones that have a competitive operating system offering at the center of a whole slew of virtualization and cloud tools.

The combination of offerings that Red Hat is offering, in the way of OpenShift and the Red Hat Hybrid Infrastructure as a Service Solution (formally known as CloudForms), seems to be centered around one central idea: making it as painless as possible for customers to move their computing and storage solutions from virtualized datacenters or any kind of cloud needed.

"We are creating private to public cloud capabilities, at one price per guest," Cormier told the audience.

This kind of mobility positions Red Hat strongly as the platform of choice on a variety of cloud and virtual offerings, which is probably the whole point.

It also takes a nice jab at VMware, which Cormier emphasized really sits as a virtualized silo within with cloud. The implication here was that VMware can lock you in. Throughout his talk, Cormier repeated emphasized the open nature of these tools, and how they give developers a lock-in free environment in which to build apps.

"The world is open. Keep it open. It's up to us," Cormier said in closing.

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