Cisco, Red Hat Partner on OpenStack Cloud Platform
The vendors released an integrated infrastructure offering that features Red Hat's OpenStack distribution running on Cisco's products.NEW YORK CITY—Cisco Systems and Red Hat are partnering on an integrated infrastructure solution that will leverage Cisco's data center offerings and Red Hat's expertise in OpenStack to support enterprises and midmarket businesses as they continue moving into the cloud. With the UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform (UCSO), announced Sept. 4 during an event here, the two companies are creating a platform with Red Hat's OpenStack distribution running atop Cisco's infrastructure. The offering will combine Cisco's Unified Computing System (UCS) converged infrastructure and Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) solutions with Red Hat's OpenStack platform. The new offering is a key part of Cisco's Intercloud effort for creating interconnected private, public and hybrid clouds of which Cisco's data center resources will be the primary foundation. Officials said Cisco's UCS solution—which brings together UCS servers, Cisco's Nexus networking technology, storage, virtualization and UCS Director management software in a highly integrated package—is a solid underpinning for cloud environments. The OpenStack offering is part of a larger initiative by Cisco to expand the reach of its UCS converged platform, which was released in 2009 and until now has focused on workloads running in the core of the data center. During the event here, Cisco officials announced new UCS solutions that bring the integrated architecture to cloud-scale environments and to the enterprise edge, such as remote offices and branch sites.
During the event, Padmasree Warrior, Cisco's chief technology and strategy officer, said leveraging partnerships like the one with Red Hat will be important as the company builds out its data center solutions. In July, Cisco announced a partnership with Microsoft to integrate such technologies as UCS and Nexus networking products with the software maker's cloud OS offerings, including Windows Server, SQL Server, Hyper-V virtualization and Azure cloud.