Red Hat Summit summarised: The news you need to know about

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The latest Red Hat Summit taking place in San Francisco from April 14 to 17 has resulted in several product launches, partnerships and collaborations. CloudTech has gobbled up the releases and put together a summary of the essential material.

Day one saw the launch of the OpenShift Marketplace, a software store which allows Red Hat customers to access complementary third party solutions from partners for the open source provider’s PaaS offering, OpenShift.

With this unveiling Red Hat joins an ever-growing list of companies with their own app store solution, in this case providing enterprise-grade PaaS to customers of all sizes.

Anything which helps developers is usually a good sign, particularly important for Red Hat given the company’s open source heritage. Several partners have already been signed up, with ClearDB, MongoLab and SendGrid among the more recognisable names.

“As the OpenShift partner ecosystem continues to expand, we expect the Marketplace to provide developers and customers a more streamlined, secure experience to choose the best third-party solutions for their productivity and business enablement needs,”  said Julio Tapia, Red Hat OpenShift ecosystem director.

More developer-friendly news came yesterday with the announcement of a partnership between Red Hat and SAP for data management offerings in OpenShift. This comes hot on the heels of SAP and partners – of which Red Hat was one – announcing a world record for the largest data warehouse, using SAP HANA and SAP IQ. Red Hat said in a release that “it is anticipated that this will enable developers around the world to build next-generation applications.”

If you’re looking for more partnership news, however, then the announcement by Red Hat and Dell will be up your street. The two companies have announced Dell Red Hat Cloud Solutions, a series of co-engineered enterprise-grade private cloud offerings available on OpenStack for developers at all stages of their product.

The two companies, who have partnered for more than 14 years, are offering these solutions today, with two key facets: proof of concept configuration, for customers at the beginning of their OpenStack cloud environment journey and a pilot configuration for those slightly further ahead, capable of supporting cloud scale applications across six OpenStack compute and three storage nodes.

The overall effect is a ‘rapid on-ramp to OpenStack private clouds.’

“Cloud innovation is happening first in open source, and what we’re seeing from global customers is growing demand for open hybrid cloud solutions that meet a wide variety of requirements,” said Paul Cormier, president of products and technologies at Red Hat.

“Whether it is enterprise-grade private cloud solutions, or DevOps solutions to build applications for both public and private clouds, through our expanded work with Dell, we’re focused on delivering the flexible solutions that meet these varied needs,” he added.

Naturally, you didn’t need preternatural powers to assess that Red Hat’s announcements this week were going to be open source, developer related and featuring long-term partners like SAP and Dell. Yet it’s important to emphasise how cloud is a huge driver in all of this. As Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst told Silicon Angle: “Red Hat really is becoming cloud.”

Here’s hoping that even more fascinating announcements await. Take a look at the video for the OpenShift Marketplace below:

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