Red Hat Continues Cloud Infrastructure Momentum with New Offerings, Industry-Leading Performance

  Red Hat Continues Cloud Infrastructure Momentum with New Offerings,
  Industry-Leading Performance

    New Offerings and Leading Benchmark Result Highlight Red Hat as a Top
  Alternative for Organizations Seeking to Reduce Cost and Avoid Lock-in on
                         Journey to Open Hybrid Cloud

Business Wire

RALEIGH, N.C. -- August 26, 2013

Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT), the world's leading provider of open source
solutions, today announced continued momentum for Red Hat Cloud
Infrastructure, including a new industry-leading performance benchmark, the
introduction of the Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in
Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), and a Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization
Promotional Offering. Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure, a comprehensive offering
designed to support organizations on their journey from traditional datacenter
virtualization to OpenStack-powered clouds, has emerged as a high performing
offering with greater value as organizations look to build and manage private
cloud IaaS.

According to the latest cloud computing market overview analysis from 451
Research’s Market Monitor, IaaS is expected to grow at a 37 percent compound
annual growth rate (CAGR) through 2016 (1). As cloud and IaaS adoption grows,
research also indicates that open source cloud infrastructure solutions are
taking the lead. According to the 2013 “State of the Cloud” survey, among the
64 percent of respondents who plan to include a private cloud as part of their
cloud portfolio, 41 percent plan to use only open source-based private cloud
options, while another 29 percent plan to use a hybrid combination of open
source and proprietary solutions (2).

Red Hat and Bull Achieve Top Performance Benchmark Results

Red Hat also announced new top performance records on SPECvirt’s
industry-standard benchmark SPECvirt_sc2010 highlighting the Kernel-based
Virtual Machine (KVM) hypervisor’s lead as the industry’s top-performing
hypervisor (3). Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 with its KVM hypervisor enabled
the Bull SAS bullion server to run 768 Virtual Machines, a performance
confirmed as the fastest and most efficient virtualization test on an x86

This SPECvirt_sc2010 score represents the highest number of performant virtual
machines and the highest performance score overall recorded on a single x86
server for this benchmark. This also solidifies Red Hat's hypervisor
performance leadership as Red Hat’s KVM powers the top 2-socket and 4-socket
scores, and the only recorded 8-socket and 16-socket scores.

Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Infrastructure-as-a-Service

Additionally, Red Hat today announced a new training and certification
offering, the Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Infrastructure-as-a-Service.
As interest in OpenStack grows, enterprise customers require experienced IT
professionals who can deploy and manage OpenStack. This new class and
certification aims to meet this demand by representing the industry’s highest
standard for OpenStack-based training certifications and enabling participants
to gain a growing knowledge of the changes happening in the IaaS space. The
class will cover essential OpenStack skills, including installing and
configuring a Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform deployment;
configuring and managing images; and managing storage using Object Storage
(Swift) and Block Storage (Cinder). The certification process for this
training offering will be performance-based, with candidates performing tasks
on a live system to utilize real-world experience.

New Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Promotional Offering

As part of today’s announcement, Red Hat introduced a new product offering
that will integrate the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform, and Red
Hat’s virtualization management system for servers and desktops in a Red Hat
Enterprise Virtualization Promotional Offering, providing exceptional agility
for Linux and Microsoft workloads.

The Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Promotional Offering will be offered as
a single subscription offering that combines:

  *Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, an ideal platform on which to base
    large-scale virtualization initiatives and internal / private cloud
    deployments, featuring an enterprise management system that enables
    customers to centrally and effectively manage their entire virtual
  *Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server, providing a secure and certified
    foundation for running the OpenStack workload servers (compute nodes,
    storage nodes, and controller nodes) as well as a scalable, high
    performance Linux operating system for guest virtual machines.


The Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Promotional Offering will be available
in Fall 2013.

Supporting Quote

Radhesh Balakrishnan, general manager, Virtualization, Red Hat

"OpenStack and the promise of open hybrid clouds are leading customers to
reconsider their infrastructure choices with an eye toward reducing cost and
avoiding lock-in. Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure presents an enterprise
datacenter virtualization alternative to take customers on that journey from
proprietary to open. Today’s announcements highlight Red Hat’s commitment to
providing the top performing solutions in this space, and the steps we’re
taking to bring increased value to virtualized infrastructure and meet the
emerging demand for skilled OpenStack professionals in the enterprise."

Additional Resources

  *Learn more about open hybrid cloud solutions
  *Learn more about Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure
  *Learn more about the Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in
  *Learn more about Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform
  *View the SPECvirt_sc2010 result for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 on Bull
    SAS bullion servers

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(1) 451 Research Market Monitor, “Cloud Computing Market Overview Analysis,”
Aug. 14, 2013, available at

(2) State of the Cloud 2013,

(3) SPEC®, SPECvirt™, and SPECvirt_sc® are trademarks or registered trademarks
of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corp. (SPEC). Competitive numbers shown
reflect results published on as of July 18, 2013. For the latest
SPECvirt_sc2010 results visit

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