Red Hat Strategy Spans Virtualized, Cloud and Appliance Deployments

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2007-11-07 Print this article Print

The company's new Linux Automation infrastructure lets users run any application, anywhere, at any time. (Linux-Watch)

Red Hat Executive Vice President of Engineering Paul Cormier on Nov. 7 predicted that Red Hat's new Linux Automation strategy, which allows Red Hat-certified applications to run anywhere, at any time, will help the company to more than double its current server market share. In addition, he said, Red Hat Enterprise Linux will have "over 50 percent of server market share by 2015." Red Hat plans to achieve those goals by automating and simplifying its Linux infrastructure to create a RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux)-based Linux Automation infrastructure. This, in turn, will allow any RHEL application to run on any server, at any time. These applications, including existing RHEL certified applications, will run on physical, virtual and cloud-based servers.
"With new deployment models and technologies making corporate IT deployments much more dynamic, applications are no longer tied to a single server. Linux Automation simplifies that complexity, providing a unified platform for application execution, management and orchestration," said Scott Crenshaw, Red Hat's vice president of enterprise Linux business. "Red Hat Enterprise Linux is the industry's fastest-growing operating environment because of superior performance, reliability, economics and customer support. Red Hat manages an installed base of millions via Red Hat Network. This experience guides our strategy for Linux Automation."
At the core of Red Hat's Linux Automation strategy is the RHEL operating system and application ecosystem. Businesses can choose to use stand-alone servers, virtual servers, on-demand 'cloud' computing environments or RHEL appliance-based vertical software programs. What's different is that with Red Hat's Linux Automation concept, all the user will see is the application. It won't matter whether it's running on a single processor Pentium system down the hall or on a mainframe 1,000 miles away. Better still, it won't matter to IT managers and ISVs, either. By using a common set of development, deployment, management and automation tools, programs can be written and systems, users and applications can be managed regardless of the underlying hardware or where the servers are located. Read the full story on Linux-Watch: Red Hat Strategy Spans Virtualized, Cloud and Appliance Deployments Check out's Linux & Open Source Center for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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