On December 5, Red Hat, the world’s largest independent open-source software maker, updated its virtualization and cloud platforms so they plug into each other, scale, network and handle storage more efficiently” according to eWEEK.
Red Hat Enterprise hyper-visor KVM did not play nice with the Red Hat Storage server previously. Now, with the acquisition of Gluster Inc back in Oct 11, things are starting to come together for Red Hat and their cloud initiatives.
The real interesting question is it too late, or based on the pricing model and features, can they compete with the VMware, Microsoft, and Xen? Red Hat has done a nice job in marketing the message of a true Open Cloud. There are 5 points as to why this approach is better. They are as follows:
Cloud Efficiencies Everywhere: An open cloud brings the benefits of cloud across all of your IT resources, not just a subset.
You’re In Control: An open cloud prevents one vendor from controlling your economic model and your access to innovation.
Easy On-ramp Without Migration: An open cloud provides a straightforward path for enterprises, not an expensive migration process.
You Avoid Cloud Silos: Building a cloud silo or turning an existing management silo into a cloud just increases overall IT management complexity.
Achieve the Ultimate in Portability and Interoperability: An open cloud allows you to manage applications and data across your choice of a diverse infrastructure.
These points are valid, but the key to the success is adoption. Although you may select Red Hat, or VMware or some other hyper-visor flavor, it really comes down to adoption. Without the adoption of others, the value propositions starts to dwindle rapidly. You lose a lot of the liquid or fluidity that is found when connecting with other clouds, unless they are from the same core. Don’t get me wrong; there are tools and every vendor can say they can play nice with others. There are countless articles, councils, groups all trying to create standards and achieve interoperability amongst clouds. I believe we are still years away from a true plug- in-play cloud switch amongst providers. Seeing Red Hat close the distance with their own product only encourages better prices, service, and one step closer to a much better compute abstraction layer.