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Red Hat Summit 2013: Company pushes 'open innovation' as future of IT

At Red Hat Summit, the company gives a July target date for its OpenStack distribution and OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure; and more news.

BOSTON -- Red Hat Inc.'s lead for its technology and product organizations, Paul Cormier, opened Day 2 of the ninth annual Red Hat Summit, held here on Wednesday, by explaining how some of the company's pivotal undertakings over the past 11 years will provide the springboard to where Red Hat is headed tomorrow.

The executive vice president and president of products and technologies at Red Hat credited open source with enabling the rapid innovation that's required to solve today's real-world business problems almost immediately.

"Linux came along and changed everything. It moved us from a pure commodity play to the innovative driver of the transformation that's happening today," Cormier said.

Not only that, Red Hat's long-term vision of driving open source software into the mainstream IT infrastructure -- and having it adopted as the primary development process -- is coming to fruition, he said.

According to Cormier, Red Hat and its vendor partners are bridging the innovation gap using open source standards, resulting in open development processes, interoperability, sharable resources, portable services and unified management. Cormier added, "Open innovation is the future of IT."

Noting that the past 12 months have been transformational for Red Hat, Cormier introduced several new technologies that he said will "define the next generation of compute" and enable customers to easily consume more cloud technology.

Two new product offerings were announced at the summit, both with a July release date: Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, the foundation for advanced cloud users looking to build a cloud environment based on the open source OpenStack project; and Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure, an offering designed to help companies transition from a traditional data center virtualization environment to a cloud environment based on OpenStack.

The vendor used the event to launch Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.2 with fully supported Storage Live Migration and a new third-party plug-in framework. It also announced the product's global availability.

At the summit, Red Hat also launched Red Hat OpenStack Certification and unveiled the Red Hat Certified Solution Marketplace, both available immediately. According to Red Hat, the Red Hat OpenStack partner ecosystem now boasts more than 100 global technology industry leaders.

The Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner Network is designed for companies that offer hardware, software and services for customers to implement cloud infrastructure solutions powered by Red Hat OpenStack. The network provides access to Red Hat OpenStack releases and developer support, plus resources to test, certify and publish software based on Red Hat OpenStack.

This program, initially launched in April, now includes all technology partner types -- that is, independent hardware vendors, OEMs, ISVs and systems integrators.

Red Hat also announced a partnership with Mirantis Inc., an OpenStack systems integrator. Mirantis will optimize its Fuel tools for the deployment of Red Hat OpenStack and will deliver OpenStack implementation and integration services to joint customers.

Keynote speakers from Cisco and Intel Corp. shared the stage -- and their respective companies' position on the open source bandwagon, past and future.

Ram Appalaraju, vice president of technology and product marketing and solutions engineering in Cisco's Data Center Group, said that Cisco is embracing the open development environment.

Intel's keynote speaker, Dirk Hohndel, chief Linux and open source technologist, described how open source drives innovation and how it consumes CPUs -- which is Intel's business -- and why Intel has been engaged in open source for the past 15 years.

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