Red Hat Inc. [NYSE:RHT]: Faster Service Delivery through Private Cloud Infrastructure

CIO VendorJames Labocki, Product Owner
Over the years, the digital IT infrastructure has been revolutionizing the way enterprises conduct business. However, with its growing complexity, companies now seek to balance the need to respond to the pressure through delivering IT services faster and more cost effectively. At this juncture, the open source software provider, Red Hat, delivers a variety of offerings including system management solutions, through which the organizations can accelerate their service delivery in their environment, without re-architecting their applications. “Our unique cloud management platform coupled with Red Hat Satellite,a systems management solution, help our clients to get their work done quicker,” says James Labocki, Product Owner, Red Hat. “Our solutions improve the speed at which clients deploy servicesby up to 95 percent.”

The company’s cloud management platform allows customers to manage multiple infrastructures through a single pane of glass. It provides rapidly deployable developer stacks in a heterogeneous environment consisting of both Linux and Windows platforms. Red Hat also works towards optimization of existing infrastructure. For instance, if the customers are not satisfied with their proprietary virtualization platforms that they are working on, due to technical limitations or cost overruns, Red Hat helps them increase the density of their existing virtualization footprint while simultaneously helping them migrate from proprietary virtualization platforms to open source platforms such as Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization or open stack. “Customers often find their existing virtual infrastructure cannot scale either because of technical limitations or because of the cost of complex hardware or software licensing,” points out Labocki, “so, we provide cloud infrastructure solutions for the organizations to move towards a mix of open source scale-up virtualization and a scale-out private cloud based on OpenStack.”

Red Hat’s hybrid IT infrastructure enables clients to run Red Hat Enterprise Linux, a Linux platform, which allows them to create a cloud environment on their systems. Especially, in data center virtualization, customers can deploy Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and set virtualized data centers. “It enables the company to run the workloads across platforms and gives the ability to seamlessly manage the cloud fronts,” says Labocki.

Our unique cloud management platform coupled with Red Hat satellite, a system management product, helps our clients to get their work done quicker

Keeping in mind the fact that current architectures in the organizations are not technologically or financially viable, Red Hat believes in creating an extremely scalable and programmable infrastructure for the next generation IT. The company provides an asynchronous architecture that allows customers to build a private cloud with commodity hardware. Additionally, it reduces the cost of infrastructure and enables the clients to perform their functions in a more efficient way through Application Program Interface (API) driven infrastructure. “We provide a long and stable lifecycle around an OpenStack deployment and include all the enterprise management capabilities enterprises require to meet governance and compliance requirements set forth by various industry regulations (or something to this effect).”

One of Red Hat’s customers, MUFG Union Bank wanted to speed up services to their business users to meet their changing requirements. The customer was in a need to upgrade the IT infrastructure within 45 days and deliver new application environments. MUFG Union Bank approached Red Hat, looking for a solution that can simplify and streamline the application environment, while decreasing operational complexity, and automate the processes of provisioning and deploying applications. Red Hat accurately analyzed the business problem and identified the most befitting solutions to apply them to a comprehensive strategy for a private cloud-based infrastructure. By providing Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Red Hat set up a new private cloud infrastructure for the bank. The bank was able to deploy new applications within hours and allowed IT to spend time developing new applications, boosting the bank’s ability to serve its internal and external customers.
“We are currently at the early stages of the open hybrid cloud for enterprises. In the next few years, Red Hat together with our partners and customers will redefine IT with the open hybrid cloud using the open source development model,” concludes Labocki.