As more organisations move to private or hybrid cloud architectures, some familiar issues are arising. Cost for one – the size of the investment required means it’s not practical for the most part to start afresh completely. In addition, enterprises continue to rely on existing architecture and traditional applications, many of which span several generations of technology.

First released in 2010, the open source cloud platform OpenStack has proved popular, and has continued to add capabilities over the years. However, many businesses still require traditional virtualisation and a flexible, multi-faceted approach, and have also adopted public cloud resources.

What’s needed is a flexible, integrated solution to meet these requirements. In this downloadable white paper, IDC looks at how Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure (RHCI) can be the answer to these issues.

From background to next generation

The white paper covers a wide range of topics. These include:
• The rise of the third platform – from the mainframe era (the first platform) through client/server architecture (the second platform) through to cloud/mobile/social and big data/analytics (today’s third platform), including the latest figures.
• Virtualisation trends – these started with the second platform and are playing an increasingly important role in the third.
• The growth of private cloud – how it works, plus figures for the percentage of enterprises using it, now and projected in the future.
• OpenStack for the enterprise – the underlying technology, plus how and why it’s developed into a commercial, enterprise-ready product, and why it’s generating so much interest for the future.
• Management and hybrid IT –a look at the need to adopt a cohesive view across different platforms, environments and cloud types.

Challenges and opportunities

The white paper defines and visually depicts the Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure. There are also details of how it’s underpinned by Linux and various Red Hat technologies, and an examination of the overall approach that Red Hat takes. The challenges include the sheer competitiveness of the market, along with the role of containers and how they sit alongside OpenStack. Yet for all that, OpenStack has become the leading open choice, available in many different forms and from many different vendors. With a stable operating system beneath it – which Red Hat with its Linux pedigree can offer – it has the potential to offer the best way forward.

As a leading provider of open solutions, Red Hat also allows enterprises to approach cloud solutions from multiple angles and via diverse technologies. It’s certainly something to consider – and to look at in more depth, which you can do by downloading the IDC white paper now.

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