Red Hat Unveils Big Data and Open Hybrid Cloud Direction

  Red Hat Unveils Big Data and Open Hybrid Cloud Direction

    Red Hat to Contribute Red Hat Storage Hadoop Plug-in to Apache Hadoop

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- February 20, 2013

Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source
solutions, today announced its big data direction and solutions to satisfy
enterprise requirements for highly reliable, scalable, and manageable
solutions to effectively run their big data analytics workloads. In addition,
Red Hat announced that the company will contribute its Red Hat Storage Hadoop
plug-in to the Apache^TM Hadoop® open community to transform Red Hat Storage
into a fully-supported, Hadoop-compatible file system for big data
environments, and that Red Hat is building a robust network of ecosystem and
enterprise integration partners to deliver comprehensive big data solutions to
enterprise customers. This is another example of Red Hat’s strategic
commitment to big data customers and its continuing efforts to provide them
with enterprise solutions through community-driven innovation.

Red Hat big data infrastructure and application platforms are ideally suited
for enterprises leveraging the open hybrid cloud environment. Red Hat is
working with the open cloud community to support big data customers. Many
enterprises worldwide use public cloud infrastructure, such as Amazon® Web
Services (AWS), for the development, proof-of-concept, and pre-production
phases of their big data projects. The workloads are then moved to their
private clouds to scale up the analytics with the larger data set. An open
hybrid cloud environment enables enterprises to transfer workloads from the
public cloud into their private cloud without the need to re-tool their
applications. Red Hat is actively engaged in the open cloud community through
projects like OpenStack and OpenShift Origin to help meet these enterprise big
data expectations both today and in the future.

Today, there are several Red Hat solutions available to effectively manage
enterprise big data workloads. Focused on three primary areas, Red Hat’s big
data direction includes extending its product portfolio to deliver enhanced
enterprise-class infrastructure solutions and application platforms, and
partnering with leading big data analytics vendors and integrators.

Red Hat’s Big Data Infrastructure Solutions

  *Red Hat Enterprise Linux – According to the Jan. 2012 The Linux Foundation
    Enterprise Linux User Report, the majority of big data implementations run
    on Linux and as the leading provider of commercial Linux^1, Red Hat
    Enterprise Linux is a leading platform for big data deployments. Red Hat
    Enterprise Linux excels in distributed architectures and includes features
    that address critical big data needs. Managing tremendous data volumes and
    intensive analytic processing requires an infrastructure designed for high
    performance, reliability, fine-grained resource management, and scale-out
    storage. Red Hat Enterprise Linux addresses these challenges while adding
    the ability to develop, integrate, and secure big data applications
    reliably and scale easily to keep up with the pace that data is generated,
    analyzed, or transferred. This can be accomplished in the cloud, making it
    easier to store, aggregate, normalize, and integrate data from sources
    across multiple platforms, whether they are deployed as physical, virtual,
    or cloud-based resources.
  *Red Hat Storage – Built on the trusted Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating
    system and the proven GlusterFS distributed file system, Red Hat Storage
    Servers can be used to pool inexpensive commodity servers to provide a
    cost-effective, scalable, and reliable storage solution for big data.

Announced today, Red Hat intends to make its Hadoop plug-in for Red Hat
Storage available to the Hadoop community later this year. Currently in
technology preview, the Red Hat Storage Apache Hadoop plug-in provides a new
storage option for enterprise Hadoop deployments that delivers enterprise
storage features while maintaining the API compatibility and local data access
the Hadoop community expects. Red Hat Storage brings enterprise-class features
to big data environments, such as Geo replication, High Availability, POSIX
compliance, disaster recovery, and management, without compromising API
compatibility and data locality. Customers now have a unified data and scale
out storage software platform to accommodate files and objects deployed across
physical, virtual, public and hybrid cloud resources.

  *Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization – Announced in Dec. 2012, Red Hat
    Enterprise Virtualization 3.1 is integrated with Red Hat Storage, enabling
    it to access the secure, shared storage pool managed by Red Hat Storage.
    This integration also offers enterprises reduced operational costs,
    expanded portability, choice of infrastructure, scalability, availability
    and the power of community-driven innovation with the contributions of the
    open source oVirt and Gluster projects. The combination of these platforms
    furthers Red Hat’s open hybrid cloud vision of an integrated and converged
    Red Hat Storage and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization node that serves
    both compute and storage resources.

Red Hat’s Big Data Application and Integration Platforms

  *Red Hat JBoss Middleware – Red Hat JBoss Middleware provides enterprises
    with powerful technologies for creating and integrating big data-driven
    applications that are able to interact with new and emerging technologies
    like Hadoop or MongoDB. Big data is only valuable when businesses can
    extract information and respond intelligently. Red Hat JBoss Middleware
    solutions can populate large volumes and varieties of data quickly and
    reliably into Hadoop with high speed messaging technologies; simplify
    working with MongoDB through Hibernate OGM; process large volumes of data
    quickly and easily with Red Hat JBoss Data Grid; access Hadoop along with
    your traditional data sources with JBoss Enterprise Data Services
    Platform; and identify opportunities and threats through pattern
    recognition with JBoss Enterprise BRMS. Red Hat’s middleware portfolio is
    well-suited to help enterprises seize the opportunities of big data.

Big Data Partnerships

  *Big Data Ecosystem Partners – To provide a comprehensive big data solution
    set to enterprises, Red Hat plans to partner with leading big data
    software and hardware providers to offer interoperability. Development of
    certified and documented reference architectures are expected to allow
    users to integrate and install comprehension enterprise big data
  *Enterprise Partners – Red Hat anticipates enabling the delivery of a
    comprehensive big data solution to its customers through leading
    enterprise integration partners utilizing the reference architectures
    developed by Red Hat and its big data ecosystem partners.

Supporting Quotes

Ranga Rangachari, vice president and general manager, Storage, Red Hat

“With today’s announcement, Red Hat demonstrates its strong commitment to
continue to provide enterprise infrastructure and platforms to effectively run
big data applications today and in the growing open hybrid cloud environment.
With true enterprise-class offerings, Red Hat leverages the power of the open
source community to give our big data customers a choice in technology,
deployment environments, and partners.”

Ashish Nadkarni, research director, Storage Systems and co-lead, Big Data
Global Overview, IDC

“Red Hat is uniquely positioned to excel in enterprise big data solutions, a
market that IDC expects to grow from $6 billion in 2011 to $23.8 billion in
2016.^2 Red Hat is one of the very few infrastructure providers that can
deliver a comprehensive big data solution because of the breadth of its
infrastructure solutions and application platforms for on-premises or cloud
delivery models. As a leading contributor to open source communities
developing essential technologies for the big data IT stack – from Linux to
OpenStack Origin and Gluster – Red Hat will continue to play a pivotal role in
Big Data.”

During today’s press webcast at 11:30 a.m. ET, Red Hat will provide more
information on its big data direction and technologies. A live question and
answer session will follow the presentation by Rangachari. Questions can be
submitted directly via the webcast platform, sent to or
submitted through Twitter via the hashtag #redhat. To register for this press
webcast or view the replay, please visit here.

Additional Resources

  *For more information about Red Hat Storage visit here
  *For more information about Red Hat Enterprise Linux visit here
  *For more information about Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization visit here
  *For more information about Red Hat JBoss Middleware visit here
  *For more information about Red Hat and open hybrid cloud visit here

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^1 IDC Worldwide Linux Client & Server Operating Environments 2012 – 2016
Forecast and 2011 Vendor Shares, July 2012

^2 Big Data: Global Overview: Market Analysis, December 2012, IDC #238746,
Volume: 1


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