The evolution of OpenStack has been exciting not only for our customers, but also for the open source community and our partner ecosystem. Use cases for OpenStack have expanded, and the eventuality of a hybrid cloud world is becoming more of a reality. Red Hat, as a catalyst in the world of cloud technology, believes that OpenStack represents the best of what cloud offers.
Red Hat and Cisco are committed to helping support customers build out their cloud strategy. Together, we offer a portfolio of validated OpenStack solutions for enterprise and service provider customers, offering resources they can use to implement a more secure and reliable cloud environment,more quickly and confidently.
The IDC research study Cisco released this morning offers further evidence that OpenStack is a key component of cloud strategy. Cloud adoption is being fueled in part by organizations looking to balance hybrid and multi-cloud environments and interested in cloud-native application development and deployment and IOT. Customers are looking to build cloud infrastructures that offer greater operational efficiency, the freedom to innovate quickly, and cost savings. 
At scale and throughout the lifespan of an enterprise cloud, a commercial distribution of OpenStack like Red Hat OpenStack Platform can be less expensive than an upstream “do it yourself” approach. In addition, coupling a commercial OpenStack distribution with a cloud management platform can further reduce the OpEx through automation and lifecycle management. 
We look forward to our continued collaboration with Cisco. Together, we offer leading cloud technology platforms which enable our enterprise and service provider customers to transform their businesses.
For more information and guidance on cloud adoption, I invite you to read the IDC InfoBrief “Cloud is Going Mainstream. All Are Trying, Some Are Benefiting; Few Are Maximizing Value,” sponsored by Cisco.
If you would like to learn more about our continued collaboration and are attending the OpenStack Summit in Barcelona, Red Hat and Cisco will be premier sponsors there. Stop by our booths in the marketplace. It would be great to meet you and learn how we can work together to make your vision for a better cloud a reality.