Red Hat launches the latest version of Red Hat Cloud Suite

by Mark Bowen   6 July, 2017
Red Hat launches the latest version of Red Hat Cloud Suite

Lars Herrmann, general manager, Integrated Solutions, Red Hat

Red Hat, a leading provider of open source solutions, has announced the availability of the latest version of Red Hat Cloud Suite.

As cloud-native, containerised applications grow in importance to CIOs focused on enterprise digital transformation, IT infrastructure and management technologies need to adapt to the unique needs posed by modern applications, while still maintaining existing systems.

Red Hat Cloud Suite enables organisations to more easily build cloud-native applications, deploy them and manage these workloads through a single offering, helping businesses to modernise without sacrificing existing IT infrastructure investments.

Launched in April 2016, Red Hat’s broadest hybrid cloud offering, Red Hat Cloud Suite, provides an end-to-end, deployment-ready solution for enterprise digital transformation.

Key to digital transformation are Linux containers, which can help enterprises across industries become more nimble and better respond to evolving customer and competitive needs.

Built on the backbone of the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform, Red Hat Cloud Suite addresses the drive towards digital transformation and adoption of Linux containers by bringing together Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, the company’s enterprise-grade container application platform, with massively scalable infrastructure provided by Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Virtualisation.

Along with Red Hat CloudForms for hybrid and multi-cloud management, Red Hat Cloud Suite offers a unified, pre-integrated solution for enterprises seeking to advance Linux containers from the developer workstation to mission-critical deployments at cloud-scale for a more digitally-transformed enterprise.

The latest version of Red Hat Cloud Suite

The latest version of Red Hat Cloud Suite adds key new features and enhancements, including:

  • Enterprise-grade Kubernetes – As a component of Red Hat Cloud Suite, the latest version of Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform delivers a comprehensive, enterprise-grade Kubernetes-based container application platform. Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform supports the creation of next-generation cloud-native applications while simultaneously supporting existing workloads, including those requiring stateful resources.
  • Red Hat CloudForms with Ansible automation – Highlighting Red Hat’s automation-based approach to multi-cloud management is the integration of Ansible automation into Red Hat CloudForms. This makes Red Hat CloudForms easier to deploy across an organisation and increases the depth and breadth of management automation.
  • Composable OpenStack services – For Red Hat Cloud Suite clouds built on Red Hat OpenStack Platform, users can now compose precisely where they want each of their services to run, helping to improve operating efficiency by allowing the scaling and management of specific services as needed rather than all services at once.
  • Flexible, powerful virtualisation capabilities – The latest version of Red Hat Virtualisation enables users to deploy a ‘thin’ hypervisor by default or layer on additional software and services as needed to address unique use cases. Virtualisation administration has also been improved with the addition of Cockpit for greater insights into virtualised environments and workloads.

Supporting Quotes

Lars Herrmann, general manager, Integrated Solutions, Red Hat

“Linux containers represent a clear pathway for digital transformation in the enterprise and when combined with hybrid cloud technologies like OpenStack, they offer an end-to-end answer for how organisations can embrace IT’s future without sacrificing IT’s ‘now.’ Red Hat Cloud Suite provides the technologies to drive this transformation while retaining existing IT investments, from the industry’s most comprehensive enterprise Kubernetes platform in Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform to leading-edge open source virtualisation with Red Hat Virtualisation, all delivered as a unified, ready-to-deploy solution to fit nearly every enterprise IT infrastructure need.”

Gary Chen, research manager, Software Defined Compute, IDC

“Open source continues to drive significant innovations in cloud computing. Organisations are increasingly interested in multi-platform architectures that support microservices-based, cloud native applications as well as traditional workloads. With Red Hat Cloud Suite, customers can embrace this new paradigm, and deliver applications faster in a highly scalable, integrated, and fully-managed environment.”

Alan Grantham, vice president, Architecture and Technology, Forsythe Hosting Solutions

“Many enterprise clients want to have business delivery at cloud native levels, either to run new applications or to modernise their existing application world. The drive is towards building business and technical capabilities over time in a flexible format. The challenges of cloud native are usually around culture, security, compliance and application governance. The technology used must be adaptable to multiple business use cases and allow a focus on business delivery. Our work with clients to implement and manage Red Hat Cloud Suite is aligned with meeting those objectives.”


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