Red Hat Unveils Cloud Infrastructure Solutions; IBM Joins Red Hat's Certified Cloud Provider Program

Red Hat has unveiled Red Hat Cloud Foundations, which is intended to deliver solutions for planning, building and managing infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service private and public clouds.

The first in the family, Cloud Foundations: Edition One, available immediately, provides products for implementing a private cloud, a cookbook implementation guide to make cloud setup quick and simple; a detailed reference architecture providing step-by-step instructions, scripts and settings for creating and configuring the private cloud; consulting services to enable turnkey assessment, implementation and operational management of a private cloud, and training classes, to provide knowledge and best practices to customers.

"Cloud is, by its very nature, something that is integrative," said Scott Crenshaw, vice president and general manager, Cloud Business Unit, at a press conference during the recent Red Hat Summit in Boston. Cloud Foundations: Edition One is "everything that a customer needs to successfully plan, deploy and manage a private cloud and it is the first in a family of Cloud Foundations that Red Hat will expand along with its partners to provide a complete set of cloud services."

In addition to the Cloud Foundations offering, Red Hat also introduced a range of new offerings, ecosystem infrastructure and services for cloud computing. This includes the expansion of Red Hat's Certified Cloud Provider Program to include IBM, as well as other new partners. The program, first announced in June 2009, certifies that vendors have validated cloud capabilities and support processes that provide rapid problem resolution.

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