Red Hat Shows OpenStack Ecosystem Strength; Launches Red Hat OpenStack Certification, Unveils Red Hat Certified Solution Marketplace


N.C., Global, June 14, 2013

Formal launch of Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner Network and Red Hat OpenStack Certification availability mark major milestones in fulfilling Red Hat's vision of creating broad ecosystem around Red Hat OpenStack

RALEIGH, N.C. and BOSTON – RED HAT SUMMIT 2013 – June 12, 2013 – Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced significant momentum and milestones for its Red Hat OpenStack partner ecosystem. The Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner Network has graduated from its early adopter program and now boasts more than 100 global technology industry leaders as members, including Bull, Dell, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Juniper Networks, Lenovo, Lockheed Martin, NEC, NetApp, Symantec, and Wipro. Red Hat also announced the immediate availability of the Red Hat OpenStack Certification, and the Red Hat Certified Solution Marketplace, a directory of technologies and products which have been certified by Red Hat and are designed to optimize all offerings that include Red Hat OpenStack.

Since its launch eleven years ago, customers have valued the broad ecosystem Red Hat created around Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The robust ecosystem demonstrates Red Hat’s ongoing commitment to maintain several multifaceted customer benefits, including a long and stable product lifecycle; tested and secure enterprise-grade solutions; and robust integration through standard interfaces and APIs. Red Hat continues to cultivate the value of this ecosystem with its partners, and with its growing and already strong Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner Network, is aiming to extend the same value into the realm of OpenStack solutions. Through the Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner Network and the availability certified solutions for Red Hat OpenStack, Red Hat is working to bring customers the same value and benefits they have found through Red Hat’s existing ecosystems.

The Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner Network is designed for commercial organizations that offer hardware, software and services for customers to implement cloud infrastructure solutions powered by Red Hat OpenStack. The program offers partners the opportunity to gain the necessary expertise with Red Hat OpenStack technologies through access to Red Hat OpenStack releases and developer support, as well as key resources needed to test, certify and publish solutions that leverage the Red Hat OpenStack distribution. The program, which initially launched in April as an early adopter project, now includes all partner types including independent hardware vendors (IHVs), original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partners, independent software vendors (ISVs), and system integrators who are joining the program to provide certified solutions and launch their own practices to support customer deployments.

As part of today’s announcement, IBM joins Cisco and Intel as Alliance Partners in the Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner Network.

Red Hat OpenStack Certification
In addition to momentum for its OpenStack partner ecosystem, Red Hat today announced availability of Red Hat OpenStack Certification. Red Hat OpenStack Certification helps customers identify third-party solutions that have been tested and certified with the Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform as well as Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure. Partners use the Red Hat OpenStack Certification Test Suite to certify either with a single service of OpenStack such as Block Storage (Cinder), Object Storage (Swift) or Networking (formerly known as Quantum), or with the entire set of Red Hat OpenStack technologies. Red Hat OpenStack Certification for OpenStack Compute (Nova) is available immediately. Certification for OpenStack Networking or for OpenStack Storage is expected to be available in the coming weeks.

In addition to the products achieving Red Hat OpenStack Certification, Red Hat is bringing its robust Red Hat Enterprise Linux ecosystem to Red Hat OpenStack. As of today’s announcement, more than 4,000 compute servers and 13,000 applications that are currently certified for Red Hat Enterprise Linux are moving to certification for the Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform.

Red Hat Certified Solution Marketplace
Launched today, the Red Hat Certified Solution Marketplace brings choice and the full power of Red Hat’s OpenStack ecosystem to customers. With the Red Hat Certified Solution Marketplace, customers will be able to easily find technologies and solutions that have achieved Certification with Red Hat OpenStack, or with other products in Red Hat’s open hybrid cloud portfolio. The Red Hat Certified Solution Marketplace already includes more than 500 products that have been certified as OpenStack compute (Nova) compatible, from technology industry leaders such as Cisco, Dell, HP, and IBM. These solutions not only complement and expand the cloud infrastructure offerings based on Red Hat OpenStack, but also represent a broad range of enterprise applications from Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat JBoss Middleware partners.

All interested companies are invited to apply to become a part of the Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner Network as well as participate in the Red Hat OpenStack Certification process.

The Red Hat Certified Solution Marketplace, and its more than 500 launch solutions, is available immediately. The Marketplace is currently in beta, with general availability planned for Fall 2013.

Supporting Quotes
Paul Cormier, president, Products and Technologies, Red Hat
“The industry is rallying around Red Hat’s OpenStack strategy and vision. Since our earliest days with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, we have proven our ability to build strong, broad-reaching ecosystems that offer customers true choice. By offering a stable target for partners to certify against, we’re also bringing peace of mind to customers implementing an OpenStack-powered cloud infrastructure. Choice and confidence are what we are aiming to build around Red Hat OpenStack, and I’m enthusiastic about the industry’s initial response and support.”

Jean Staten Healy, worldwide cross Linux marketing and open virtualization, IBM
“Growing support for OpenStack will help companies accelerate their cloud computing initiatives by providing them with trusted partners and open technologies that are proven ready for the latest workloads. IBM’s collaboration with Red Hat and the OpenStack ecosystem is another step forward to provide clients with the flexibility, cost-effectiveness, and security they demand for cloud computing.”

Aruna Ravichandran, vice president, product and solutions marketing, Software Solutions Division at Juniper Networks
"Juniper Networks is pleased to be a member of the Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner Network as it directly aligns with our vision for providing customers with standards-based solutions. As an industry leader in open, programmable networks, we've set a clear vision for how software-defined networks will play a transformational role in high-performance networking, and soon we will be delivering advanced OpenStack-powered cloud solutions to market that enable our customers to increase their cost-efficiency, flexibility and agility as they accelerate their transition to the cloud."

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Quote Sheet

Dhiraj Mallick, Corporate Vice President and General Manager, Data Center Server Solutions, AMD
“Red Hat is a market leader in harnessing open source innovation to create game-changing products that can be leveraged by the enterprise. AMD is excited to be a certified partner in the Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner Network because it allows enterprises to purchase the SM15000 knowing that it is a stable and well tested server platform for the Red Hat OpenStack distribution.”

Ed Chapman, Vice President Business Development and Alliances, Arista
“OpenStack is a strategic component of Arista’s Software Defined Cloud Networking strategy as demonstrated by Arista’s recent submittals to the OpenStack Quantum working group. Our partnership with Red Hat’s OpenStack distribution allows our mutual customers to confidently deploy an OpenStack cloud, with proven interoperability and integrated support.”

Jason Nolet, Vice President, Data Center Networking Group, Brocade
“OpenStack is a critical component of Brocade’s On-Demand Data Center strategy, and Red Hat’s OpenStack distribution and Cloud Infrastructure Partner Network will help accelerate its adoption, simplify customer deployments and provide a robust ecosystem to support customers. As the only networking vendor delivering OpenStack-compatible solutions with advanced fabric-enabled capabilities, Brocade is uniquely positioned to support the next generation, cloud-based data center and is committed to leveraging its leadership role to deliver innovation through Red Hat’s OpenStack ecosystem.”

Susumu Okuhara, General Manager of Service Development Operation, IT Platform R&D Management Division, Hitachi
“Hitachi welcomes the announcement of expansion of the Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner Network. As information technology continues to play an increasingly important role in business growth, OpenStack, an open source cloud infrastructure which enables fast and flexible deployment of IT infrastructure, is enjoying greater attention among customers because it allows a public discussion of feature enhancements. Hitachi will continue the activities to address customers' issues in cloud computing through innovative platform products and solutions.”

John Kreisa, Vice President Strategic Marketing, Hortonworks
“We are pleased to be part of the Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner Network. There is tremendous momentum around OpenStack, and Apache Hadoop and the rapid drumbeat of 100% open source community driven innovation continues to outpace proprietary development efforts.”

Aruna Ravichandran, vice president, product and solutions marketing, Software Solutions Division, Juniper Networks
“Juniper Networks is pleased to be a member of the Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner Network as it directly aligns with our vision for providing customers with standards-based solutions. As an industry leader in open, programmable networks, we’ve set a clear vision for how software-defined networks will play a transformational role in high-performance networking, and soon we will be delivering advanced OpenStack-powered cloud solutions to market that enable our customers to increase their cost-efficiency, flexibility and agility as they accelerate their transition to the cloud.”

Morgan Bickle, CTO, Kinvey
"Mobile, security, and cloud are three of the biggest topics facing enterprise architects today. Kinvey, coupled with OpenStack, answers these concerns and we're happy to help mobile enterprise architects move forward in this fast evolving space."

Kevin Deierling, Vice President of Marketing, Mellanox Technologies
“Mellanox is pleased to be a part of the Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner Network and support the delivery of Red Hat’s enterprise-ready OpenStack distribution. Our mutual collaboration, together with the OpenStack community, will result in an integrated solution that delivers compellign business value to our joint customers, such as increased application performance from 5-20X, simplified management and better security and isolation.”

Ben Cherian, Chief Strategy Officer, Midokura
“OpenStack has shown monumental growth in innovation and partner support, which has enabled the integration of equally innovative technologies, such as network virtualization. We are honored to be a part of the Red Hat and OpenStack partnership, a global ecosystem to help accelerate the adoption of one of the most distruptive technologies on the market today.”

Adrian Ionel, President and CEO, Mirantis
“Red Hat and Mirantis have teamed up to stand up production-grade, reliable OpenStack clouds quickly and efficiently. Both companies have led the adoption of OpenStack and helped prominent enterprises deploy it successfully. We expect our continued partnership to benefit our joint customers and accelerate innovation for OpenStack.”

Don Clark, Director, Business Development and IT Platform Technologies, NEC Corporation of America
“We are pleased to be part of the Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner Network. The complexity and effort required in network provisioning is a key issue for cloud infrastructures. NEC’s published Quantum Plug-in integrates OpenStack and OpenFlow software-defined networking (SDN) to provide production-grade, open networking that delivers a whole new level of service agility. We look forward to working with Red Hat to develop validated and supported OpenStack solutions for our mutual customers.”

Jeff O’Neal, Senior Director, Solutions Integration Group, NetApp
“Adoption of OpenStack will accelerate among enterprise customers when they are confident that they have a flexible, stable, and well-supported solution. Together, NetApp and Red Hat have collaborated for more than a decade to deliver enterprise-ready solutions. This is why NetApp is pleased to see Red Hat now take a leadership role in the development of OpenStack solutions, and why we look forward to collaborating further on advancing the OpenStack platform.”

Sunil Khandekar, CEO, Nuage Networks
"We are very pleased to partner with Red Hat in driving market traction for the Red Hat OpenStack. The commercial release of Red Hat OpenStack will include integration and certification of the Nuage Networks Quantum plug-in to ensure instantaneous and automated networking capabilities for cloud service providers."

Sunay Tripathi, Co-Founder and CTO, Pluribus Networks
“We are proud to demonstrate the interoperability of Netvisor with Red Hat OpenStack through its Quantum API. Pluribus believes that the network Fabric should be as programmable and open as a Server while offering the performance and visibility required to operate and troubleshoot at scale. Joint customers now have the programmability and hardware vendor independence of SDN on top of the benefits of cloud automation from Red Hat OpenStack.”

Luke Kanies, CEO, Puppet Labs
“OpenStack is a highly disruptive technology, and Red Hat’s release will transform cloud computing much as Red Hat Enterprise Linux did the operating systems space. By automating its deployment and management using Puppet Labs’ solutions, Red Hat is making OpenStack easily consumable, reliable and scalable for enterprise customers.”

Mike Smith, Vice President and General Manager of Host Solutions, Solarflare
“Solarflare 10GbE server adapters are a perfect complement to Red Hat OpenStack and Enterprise Linux 6, enabling enterprises and service providers to build scalable, high-performance private, public or hybrid clouds. In fact, Solarflare 10GbE server adapters and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, along with the KVM hypervisor, continue to lead the industry with the ability not only to support over 500 virtual machines on a single server, but also to accelerate virtualized application by supporting SR-IOV and hypervisor bypass.”

Dave Cahill, Director of Strategic Alliances, SolidFire
“The OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner Network demonstrates Red Hat’s significant traction in the rapidly growing OpenStack community. Combining this momentum with our leadership in OpenStack’s Block Storage project, SolidFire and Red Hat are delivering customers a robust and validated solution for their OpenStack cloud infrastructure needs.”

Nelson Nahum, CEO and Co-founder, Zadara Storage
“As the first storage company to have joined OpenStack, it has been our mission from day one to accelerate cloud adoption by making it enterprise-ready. With Red Hat on board, OpenStack has gained an important ally with enterprise capabilities and credibility. We are honored to work with Red Hat on bringing to market enterprise-class public and private clouds.”

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