Red Hat Builds Out Enterprise Cloud Application Stack

Mitch Wagner
6/29/2016

Red Hat's been busy, building out its enterprise application stack to include API management, updated Java middleware and container support and now improved analytics and multi-cloud management.

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Over the past week, Red Hat Inc. (NYSE: RHT) has chosen to push out announcements in dollops, mostly at its Red Hat Summit conference, rather than one big helping. Today's ration: R ed Hat updated Insight, its analytics tool for cloud management, as well as its CloudForms cloud management software.

Insights, launched a year ago, is software-as-a-service that gathers data from Red Hat's tens of thousands of customers, using predictive analytics to inform users about issues that might impact security, reliability and availability, Joe Fitzgerald, Red Hat VP of management business unit, tells Light Reading.

Insights alone doesn't change anything, but it can be combined with favorite management tools, including Ansible, CloudForms and Satellite, to automatically make changes based on Insights' insights. (Editor's Note: So to speak.)

Insights was initially launched for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization. Now Red hat is broadening support to containers, OpenStack and virtualized workloads.

Automated network and cloud management is hot. Apstra, Docker, Cisco and VMware have all recently made news in that area. Apstra came out of stealth mode with a multi-vendor operating system for automated network management, Docker Inc. upgraded to include orchestration, Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) introduced Tetration, a tool for automated network management and VMware Inc. (NYSE: VMW) acquired Arkin for automated management of VMware's NSX data center. (See Arista Co-Founder Backs Network Automation Startup, Cisco Launches Data Center Analytics for Obsessives, Docker Targets Google Kubernetes and VMware Grabs Arkin for Data Center Automation.)

Red Hat's cloud management platform, CloudForms, is a result of Red Hats's 2012 ManageIQ acquisition. Red Hat open sourced the platform, which integrates with private and public clouds for unified management across these environments. CloudForm replaces specific tools designed for particular environments, Fitzgerald tells Light Reading.

The new release adds support for Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) Cloud, as well as Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK)'s Nuage Networks SDN, with extended Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) Azure support, in addition to previous support for Amazon Web Services Inc. , VMware, OpenStack, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and Microsoft virtualization.


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Previously, on Tuesday, Red Hat updated its OpenShift container management platform to support a variety of scenarios, from a free version for developers to production versions on premises and in the cloud. (See Red Hat Adds Variety to Container Management.)

Monday, Red Hat upgraded JBoss Java Enterprise Edition middleware to enhance its abilities to help enterprises migrate applications to the cloud. (See Red Hat Updates JBoss for Cloud Migration.)

And last week, Red Hat announced it's acquiring 3Scale to make it easier for enterprises to manage the interfaces that allow apps to interoperate. (See Red Hat Buys 3Scale for API Management.)

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danielcawrey
danielcawrey
7/1/2016 | 1:26:11 PM
Re: OpenStack driver
OpenStack is certainly a big driver for telecoms to take interest in Red Hat. 

Another thing I like: When Red Hat acquires a company and then open sources its software. This is a really smart strategy. I think other companies might catch on to this, but right now Red Hat has first mover advantage. 
cnwedit
cnwedit
6/29/2016 | 2:27:05 PM
OpenStack driver
We're seeing more telecom service providers embrace OpenStack and with that, Red Hat becomes more relevant to the telecom community. 
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