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Red Hat Aims To Boost Enterprise OpenStack Adoption

OpenStack platform is aimed at advanced cloud users; Puppet adds Red Hat certification; Avaya brings video collaboration to SMEs; DataCore's SANsymphony-V gets a refresh; Parasoft adds testing support for mainframes; Nutanix debuts two platforms.

Red Hat announced several new products at its annual summit last week, including an extension of its Enterprise Linux product line and a new product designed to help customers make the move to OpenStack-based clouds. The company also announced an update to its Enterprise Virtualization 3.2, including a new third-party plug-in framework.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform targets enterprises that are already advanced cloud users and want to scale up their own private and public clouds by adopting OpenStack in combination with Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Red Hat's OpenStack platform includes its Enterprise Linux Server, which is certified for running OpenStack workload servers, including compute nodes, storage nodes and controller nodes, plus Red Hat OpenStack.

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RedHat Cloud Infrastructure is a single subscription product that includes four core technologies: Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, a data center virtualization product for Windows and Linux; CloudForms, an open hybrid cloud management tool that controls heterogeneous virtual infrastructures; Red Hat OpenStack, the company's IaaS software; and Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server. Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure is designed to help enterprises already using data center virtualization to improve management further by supporting functionality such as self-service, chargeback, advanced monitoring and metering.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure will be available in July. The company also announced a new training program, Red OpenStack Administration, for system administrators looking to learn how to implement a cloud environment based on Red Hat Open Stack.

Red Enterprise Virtualization 3.2 has a number of new features, including new a third-party plug-in framework that allows other vendors to integrate new features directly into its management interface. Already available are disaster recovery tools from NetApp, Symantec and HP. Other new features include fully supported Storage Live Migration, which enables virtual machine images to be moved from one storage domain to another without disrupting service, and support for Intel's Haswell series and AMD Opteron G5 processors.

Puppet Gets Certified For Red Hat

Puppet Labs rode the Red Hat wave at last week's summit by announcing its cloud automation technology is now certified to run with Red Hat OpenStack. Enterprises can use Puppet Labs' declarative, model-based approach to cloud automation when deploying or scaling their OpenStack-based clouds.

Puppet Labs' technologies have been included in some of the largest OpenStack deployments, including one at CERN, which automates the creation of 250 new virtual machines per day and expects to be managing 150,000 virtual machines running on 15,000 physical servers by 2015.

Portland-based Puppet unveiled one of its first OpenStack implementations back in April 2012, and early this year, VMware extended its investment in the company with a $30 million injection two years after making a small investment of $8.5 million.

Avaya Aids Video Collaboration For SMEs

Avaya unveiled a new video collaboration product aimed specifically at small and midsize enterprises. The Avaya Video Collaboration Solution for IP Office includes desktop, mobile and HD room-system video collaboration capabilities.

Features include: A "virtual conference room" for up to eight people who can join from any standards-based room system, desktop or mobile device; low-bandwidth, HD multiparty videoconferencing and rich data collaboration using native SIP/H.323; and freely distributed mobile and desktop video clients or PCs, Macs and mobile devices running Android and iOS. The new suite also allows for easy, automatic firewall traversal so SMEs can connect to conference participants outside their network. Pricing and availability were not disclosed.

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