With ACI, Cisco officials argue that the demands being put on data centers from such trends as mobile computing, cloud, virtualization and big data call for a combination of hardware, software and virtualized assets.
As part of the expanded partnership, Cisco and Red Hat also will offer 24-by-7 product support for the their components, while an optional Solution Support package will offer global, 24-hour access to experts who are fluent with the technologies from both vendors.
Cisco's McHugh and Bryan Che, general manager for cloud product strategy at Red Hat, said OpenStack has become the de facto open-source technology for helping organizations deploy cloud environments, and that the development of OpenStack has been rapid. That said, it's still a relatively new technology and is still maturing. The expectation is that by offering an OpenStack platform based on Red Hat and Cisco products, the vendors will be able to accelerate maturation and give businesses greater confidence when adopting the technology, McHugh said.
In addition to the new integrated infrastructure solution, the two companies announced they are expanding their ongoing relationship to collaborate around OpenStack, ACI and Intercloud, with plans to offer upcoming solutions for the Intercloud that will bring OpenStack to enterprises and service providers.
They also will work to create validated architectures based on OpenStack, extend ACI policy framework to OpenStack environments, and create solutions for service providers for Cisco's Evolved Services Platform, the networking vendor's software and virtualization platform for hybrid cloud deployments. In addition, Cisco and Red Hat will collaborate to grow Openshift, Red Hat's platform-as-a-service offering, and storage technologies, such as the open-source software company's Ceph technology.