BOSTON. Red Hat is changing its go-to-market productization strategy for the open source OpenStack cloud.
Originally the Linux vendor had planned on deploying a standalone OpenStack product but that plan has now changed. Red Hat is now going to go to market with an all-in-one Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Edition that bundles platform and cloud together.
In a video interview with ServerWatch at the Red Summit in Boston, Red Hat CTO Brian Stevens explains why the change is being made and how it will accelerate innovation for both Linux and OpenStack.
Red Hat released its first OpenStack Enterprise Preview edition in August of 2012 based on OpenStack Essex, updated it in November to OpenStack Folsom, and is poised to deliver a release based on the most recent OpenStack Grizzly release.
With the original plan, the OpenStack solution would have been a separate solution sold as a subscription that would then need to be layered on top of a Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) distribution.
"What we learned as we built our development team is that everything that is happening in OpenStack is really influencing what is happening in Linux," Stevens said.
OpenStack is influencing KVM and virtual switching in upstream Linux. So what Red Hat decided is that instead of having a separate product, it made more sense to have OpenStack as part of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux family.
Stevens explained that the Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack solution is not entirely similar to how Red Hat already has its real-time MRG edition. MRG is considered by Stevens to be an add-on to RHEL, where customers first need to have a RHEL subscription and then they can do an MRG add-on. In contrast with OpenStack, there is a version of RHEL that customers can subscribe to, which is RHEL OpenStack.
"It's the integration of all the OpenStack capability with a specialized version of RHEL," Stevens explained. "That version of RHEL will be able to aggressively track all the new capabilities on the Linux side that OpenStack needs for deployment today."
Red Hat is also creating a partner ecosystem that will be able to certify against RHEL OpenStack in the same way they have for RHEL updates in the past.
By having a unified RHEL OpenStack release, instead of having to support OpenStack on multiple versions of RHEL, the two are integrated together.
"It's not two conversations with customers; it's really one conversation, which is how do they build cloud," Stevens said. "We want to build a nice seamless integrated way where it's not a two-step thing -- where you install an OS and [then] install an OpenStack package. It's simply install your cloud."
Watch the video interview with Brian Stevens below:
Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at ServerWatch and InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.