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Red Hat OpenStack Graduates to Early Adopter Status

It also announced a Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner Network

Red Hat Monday announced an Early Adopter Program for its enterprise Red Hat OpenStack widgetry and the availability of what it calls RDO, a freely available community-supported distribution of OpenStack that runs on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Fedora and their derivatives.

It also announced a Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner Network, a global ecosystem of technology and services partners to help accelerate the adoption of Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure solutions. It includes Cisco, Intel and Mirantis.

Anyway, Red Hat says the code under its OpenStack distribution has advanced from the preview release first made available last August and is now good enough for an Early Adopter program.

It warned, however, that it's not yet ready for broad enterprise adoption. There are still problems with installation, configuration and management and it's aiming at code that's "instantly consumable."

So Red Hat said it would invite 100 entities around the world to participate in what is essentially the widgetry's shake-down cruise.

Customers interested in the program can contact their Red Hat sales rep. The Early Adopter code is available now via a free 90-day evaluation.

The preview was based on the community Essex release; the Early Adopter release is based on the community Folsom release.

Red Hat was the second top corporate code contributor to Folsom. With the brand new Grizzly release just out this month, Red Hat became the number one corporate code contributor.

Red Hat OpenStack is supposed to provide a foundation for organizations to build a private or public Infrastructure-as-a-Service cloud for cloud-enabled workloads. It lets customers leverage OpenStack technologies, while maintaining the security, stability and enterprise readiness of a platform built on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Ready for download now, RDO offers users of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and its derivatives official packages of the latest stable software released by the upstream OpenStack project, OpenStack.org, packaged, integrated and easy-to-deploy on Red Hat platforms.

Red Hat expects the community at openstack.redhat.com to develop code that will be funneled back upstream.

RDO involves the core OpenStack components - Nova, Glance, Keystone, Cinder, Quantum, Swift and Horizon - as well as incubating projects Heat, for cloud application orchestration, and Ceilometer, for resource monitoring and metering. Installation is made easy with the Red Hat-developed installation tool, PackStack.

Besides providing a set of software packages, Red Hat says RDO is a place for users to get help and compare notes on running OpenStack.

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