Red Hat Details Cloud Infrastructure and Docker Container Plans
VIDEO: Paul Cormier, president of Products and Technologies and an executive vice president at Red Hat, details where the Linux leader is headed with containers.Red Hat got its start as a platform vendor for the Linux operating system, and over the years the platform has evolved to include virtualization and cloud infrastructure. Leading the products and technology group at Red Hat, as the company has evolved into a broader infrastructure vendor, is Paul Cormier, who has been at Red Hat since 2001. In a video interview with eWEEK, Cormier, who currently serves as president, Products and Technologies, as well as executive vice president at Red Hat, details how he sees the Red Hat platform moving forward, with container technology at the forefront. In Cormier's view, the new IT infrastructure is all about physical, virtual, private and public cloud technologies. From a product perspective to address cloud infrastructure specifically, the company has the Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure (RHCI) bundle that includes Red Hat Enterprise Linux, KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) virtualization, OpenStack and the ability to install and manage the whole stack. While traditional hypervisors, specifically KVM, still have a place in enterprise infrastructure, Cormier is very bullish on virtualization containers. Docker container support is built into the recent Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 release. Cormier noted that the same Red Hat Enterprise Linux container can be run on a bare-metal server, virtual machine or in an OpenStack cloud. Additionally, as part of Red Hat's OpenShift platform-as-a-service (PaaS) technology, applications can be be built and deployed with containers.
"Containers are the vehicle to get applications to the cloud," Cormier said.