As I write this, it is not only the end of the first month of 2013, but for the second time in as many years Queensland (Australia) is mostly underwater and Brisbane has once again been declared a disaster zone.
Crazy stuff. But I’m not actually going to talk about the weather.
With all the hype of 2012 now behind us, I do believe that 2013 is going to be when Cloud offerings truly become ready for widespread enterprise adoption.
There are many reasons why Cloud computing is attractive. The most simple ones being:
- Scale-out capacity
- Pilot / Test / Development Environments
- Disaster Recovery
- Initial deployment of IT infrastructure, specifically for start-ups
- Specialised application hosting services (SaaS)
Today, Cloud looks a lot like 1960s – 1990s IT did though. Proprietary, single vendor, lock-in models that don’t integrate and don’t inter-operate.
Something Red Hat has been extremely successful at over the past 10 years is commoditising IT computing infrastructure. Gone are the days of a Line of Business application locking a customer into a single hardware, operating system and software stack. Today, there is significant choice both in architecture solutions and deployment scenarios. That is where we need to get to in the Cloud space. I’ll expand upon this more in a future post.
Red Hat’s Open Hybrid Cloud model provides just that.
With a full suite of solutions including:
- Scale-out storage
- enterprise leading virtualisation
- data center operating system
- operating system and application management and provisioning
- Platform as a Service (Paas) OpenShift
- Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) OpenStack
- Virtualisation and Cloud Management
- Cloud image provisioning
Probably the two most exciting technologies within Red Hat’s product stack are Red Hat Storage and Cloud Forms.
Red Hat Storage
Red Hat Storage is a software only, scale-out, network attached, file and object storage system for commodity x86 servers that can be deployed on-premise or in the cloud.
CloudForms is allows you to define application blueprints and images that are then available to deploy against a variety of physical, virtual and cloud services. Delivered in two segments, System Engine and Cloud Engine, the magic really happens with DeltaCloud