IBM, Red Hat Team Up for Development, Test Cloud Works

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-03-17 Print this article Print

By including the new Red Hat virtualization-layer offering, IBM is making available another option for IT systems that didn't exist previously.

Red Hat, whose CEO, Jim Whitehurst, delivered the opening keynote of this week's Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco, revealed March 16 that IBM has selected Red Hat's Enterprise Virtualization platform for its new cloud computing service for development and test.

Last June, IBM launched three cloud system models: IBM Smart Business Test Cloud, a private cloud behind the client's firewall, with hardware, software and services supplied by IBM; Smart Business Development & Test and Smart Business Application Development & Test, which use Rational Software Delivery Services on IBM's existing global cloud system; and IBM CloudBurst, a preintegrated set of hardware, storage, virtualization and networking options, with a built-in service management system.

The underpinnings of these are Tivoli Provisioning Manager 7.1 and Tivoli Service Automation Manager, which automates the deployment and management of computing clouds.

Red Hat first announced plans to deliver Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization in February 2009 to provide an open-source enterprise virtualization layer.

In November 2009, Red Hat launched Enterprise Virtualization for Servers, which provides an alternative to the market-leading VMware ESX and Citrix XenServer.

By including the new Red Hat offering, IBM is making available another option for IT systems that didn't exist previously.

The services are available now, IBM said.

Cloud computing, or utility computing, serves up computing power, data storage or applications from one data center location over a grid to thousands or millions of users on a subscription basis. This general kind of cloud-examples include the services provided online by Amazon EC2, Google Apps and known as a public cloud because any business or individual can subscribe.

Private cloud computing is a different take on the mainstream, "public cloud" version, in that smaller, cloudlike IT systems within a firewall offer similar services, but to a closed internal network. This network may include corporate or division offices, other companies that are also business partners, raw-material suppliers, resellers, production-chain entities and other organizations intimately connected with a corporate mothership.


Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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