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Red Hat: The Open Hybrid Cloud

Red Hat: The Open Hybrid Cloud

Did you know 8 out of 10 clouds are built on Linux? Open source is winning the enterprise cloud and those building their own hybrid clouds should consider Red Hat's Open Hybrid Cloud.

Red Hat is probably best known for their flagship product Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL).  Though a variety of projects and partnerships over the years have been attached to the Red Hat name, RHEL has held fast and matured both as a Red Hat product and as a GNU/Linux distribution.

With cloud computing dominating the enterprise IT dialogue lately, it's no surprise Red Hat has established its place in the line-up of offerings with their productOpenShift, a cloud computing platform as a service (PaaS).  However, the company doesn't want you to forget the humble origins of the cloud emerged from early Linux adoption as a native Internet dwelling operating system (OS).

Marc Coggin, Senior Director of Product Marketing at Red Hat expanded on this idea in his whitepaper "Red Hat Enterprise Linux – The Original Cloud Operating System."  Driven by the recent popular observation that traditional OS may soon be obsolete as the cloud matures and dominates the IT landscape, Coggin reminds readers that at the heart Linux is a networked OS, created for that environment that now exists at the center of many cloud offerings, while still retaining its relevance as a stand-alone OS.

Red Hat's success in the cloud, according to the whitepaper, can be seen from a variety of sources. In particular, a 2012 survey of Linux adoption of enterprise end users conducted by the Linux Foundation (PDF), that revealed 8 out of 10 clouds are built on Linux, with Linux dominating Amazon EC2 and Rackspace clouds.

The reason, Coggin notes, rests in the essential characteristics of a cloud that Linux easily supports, including:

  • On-demand self-service, offered via software as a service (SaaS), deployed within a private cloud.
  • Broad network access, offered via platform as a service (PaaS), deployed to a community cloud.
  • Resource pooling, offered via infrastructure as a service (IaaS), deployed to a public cloud.
  • Rapid elasticity, deployed to a hybrid cloud -- an idea central to Red Hat's support for the Open Hybrid concept in cloud computing.

These attributes, according to Red Hat, and others such as portability, consistency, application readiness, and flexibility are protected by commitment to open standards. They have set the stage for RHEL to be star in the central role of cloud computing OS, only natural with GNU/Linux designed for the very tasks of connecting to the Internet, serving up applications. And over time, working within large clusters and in virtual environments with the ability to automate and scale. 


Christian Bryant is an information technologist with more than 15 years of experience in the security, banking, education and medical industries.  His systems experience includes Windows, AIX, HP-UX, IRIX, GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, BSD, Solaris and OpenVMS.  He’s worked in many computing environments from traditional to cloud on both hardware and virtual systems.

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