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Red Hat and Cisco

Red Hat and Cisco help companies migrate to a more agile, cloud-based infrastructure. By running Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® OpenStack® Platform on the Cisco Unified Computing System, your business can deploy critical applications in a secure, virtualized, high-performance environment with true peace of mind.

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We're committed to pursuing an open ecosystem. The open platform from Red Hat and Cisco enables our customers to meet their application requirements as well as their business requirements.

Mark Balch, director of Product Management and Data Center Solutions Engineering, Cisco

Red Hat and Cisco: An integrated answer to complex demands

Companies face increasingly complex IT challenges—with more data on more devices in a more connected world. Organizations generate a wealth of information every minute. Business leaders need technologies to help them harness the power of all that data.

Often they require solutions that go beyond the capabilities of a single vendor. "The problems we need to solve today can't be solved by one company," says Paul Cormier, president of Products and Technologies at Red Hat. "That's why the open source process continues to thrive."

Integrated technologies meet needs for the future

With the relationship between Red Hat and Cisco, open source technology meets today's challenges to ensure tomorrow's success. "We're working with Red Hat to deliver an open platform across all our data center technologies," says Bryan Davis, regional sales manager of Data Center and Virtualization at Cisco. "That gives our customers more freedom of choice while accelerating their time to market."

Red Hat and Cisco offer robust, flexible cloud management

By deploying Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform on the Cisco Unified Computing System, your business will benefit from an integrated approach to complex IT needs. Companies can build a seamless and scalable cloud infrastructure on this rock-solid foundation. "OpenStack is a really great example of how Cisco is collaborating with the open source community," says Mark Balch, Director of Product Management and Data Center Solutions Engineering at Cisco. "We're working with Red Hat to enable an open source alternative for cloud management."

Transcending the boundaries of traditional blade chassis and racks, the Cisco Unified Computing System creates a physically distributed, centrally managed system for optimal availability, scalability and performance. All server resources are connected by Cisco Unified Fabric and controlled by a distributed virtual switch. That means network configurations can be changed on demand.

Powerful integration reduces risk

By combining Cisco's unified platform with Red Hat software, organizations can depend on a stable code base for production deployments. They gain immediate access to critical security patches while integrating tightly with Red Hat's enterprise-class security features.

Together, Red Hat and Cisco solutions fulfill many of the requirements of the Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), a framework designed to enable applications to automatically drive networking behavior, to improve performance, reduce IT costs, and increase business agility. Notably, Red Hat is the only vendor with certified solutions across the spectrum of required technologies to support Cisco's ACI initiative, thus making the Red Hat and Cisco relationship more valuable than ever.

The combined power of 2 industry leaders can boost performance

Companies can no longer be content to focus solely on supporting more users and storing more data. Today's business leaders must also provide the best possible performance at a low total cost of ownership.

Cisco's unique integration of compute, network, and storage capabilities into a unified platform provides cloud computing with elastic scale and dynamic self-service provisioning. These capabilities, driven forward by Red Hat's dedicated and leading investment in OpenStack, will enable your organization to deploy infrastructure solutions more quickly and flexibly than ever. Meanwhile, you save significantly on both capital and operating expenses.

Maximize the value of enterprise-class tools

By relying on the combined power of Red Hat and Cisco, today's companies can shift resources on demand and develop high-value applications and services in less time. As a result, they can transform platforms like SAP running on legacy bare-metal systems into self-service, cloud-ready, dynamic environments.

"We're committed to pursuing an open ecosystem," says Balch. "The open platform from Red Hat and Cisco enables our customers to meet their application requirements as well as their business requirements."

Case study: European textiles company optimizes IT resources while cutting costs

Berendsen, a British textile company with offices in 15 countries throughout Europe, faced rising maintenance costs from an outdated infrastructure. The company required an IT transformation to modernize, consolidate, and optimize its heterogeneous environment across two datacenters.

By migrating legacy Oracle and SAP applications to Cisco Unified Computing System servers running Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Berendsen was able to balance workloads, achieve greater efficiency, and optimize its data center resources—all while cutting costs.

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