London, UK – 17 December 2012 – Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced its participation in a European Union initiative to create a Large-scale Elastic Architecture for Data-as-a-Service (LEADS) that businesses can use to mine and analyse data published on the entire public web.
Rather than maintaining data in-house in dedicated data centres, it can be both economically and ecologically smarter to store it in a shared infrastructure. The objective of LEADS is to build a decentralised Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) framework that runs on an elastic collection of micro-clouds. LEADS will provide a means to gather, store and query publicly available data, as well as process this data in real-time. In addition, the public data can be enriched with private data maintained on behalf of a client, and the processing of the real-time data can be augmented with historical versions of the public and private data.
“Thanks to its position as the leading provider of open source technology, Red Hat was selected as a key technology provider for LEADS,” explained Mark Little, Ph.D., vice president, Middleware Engineering, Red Hat. “The EU has a strong preference for open source versus proprietary solutions. With open source at the heart of all that Red Hat does, the results of the integration effort will be made available to the community at large, with the backing of strong, established and recognised companies behind these developments.”
The presence of Red Hat in the consortium can help the tools developed in the context of LEADS have a high uptake and publicity in the open source community, in particular in Europe. In addition, Red Hat is a strong actor in standards definition and, where applicable, Red Hat plans to be the lead for turning LEADS technologies or specifications into standards to help prevent vendor lock-in. Open source deliverables from LEADS can help to ensure that any standards created will be based on real-world experience.
The LEADS platform will be designed from the ground up to account for privacy, security, energy-efficiency, availability, elastic scalability and performance considerations. The project will be validated on use cases involving the crawling of Web data and its exploitation in different application domains.
Several open source projects sponsored by Red Hat may benefit from the advances made in LEADS. Examples include:
• Infinispan (open source data grids, www.jboss.org/infinispan)
• GlusterFS (cluster file system, http://www.gluster.org)
• Hibernate (relational persistence framework, http://www.hibernate.org/)
• HibernateOGM (persistence for NoSQL database, http://www.hibernate.org/subprojects/ogm.html)
• OpenShift Origin (an auto-scaling Platform-as-a-Service, https://openshift.redhat.com/community/open-source.)
The LEADS consortium is composed of universities and research centres (Université de Neuchâtel UniNE Switzerland, Technische Universität Dresden TUD Germany, Telecommunication Systems Institute TSI Greece), whose members proved to be able to push new ideas rapidly and effectively to the scientific community. Large companies (BM-Yahoo!, Red Hat and Adidas) have the power and legitimacy to effectively propose new technologies and methods both for their own use, for their clients and as new standards of operation. Most importantly, Yahoo! and Red Hat are leaders in the development and distribution of open-source software and the expected impact of providing the LEADS infrastructure to the community could be enormous. Finally, the participation of AoTerra (SME) is key to the project as it brings its expertise in energy-efficient micro-cloud infrastructures and enables pervasive deployment of the LEADS platform.
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