At its annual user conference this week, Red Hat rolled out a variety of updates, including ones meant to streamline the building of private-cloud infrastructures via open-source software, as well as easier migration between clouds. Red Hat, which bases its commercial products on open-source software including Linux and OpenStack cloud, said it would ship a distribution of Linux and OpenStack that would help customers without extensively virtualized infrastructures build an OpenStack cloud as an internal infrastructure platform. It also announced the Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure—a bundle of products designed to help customers with heavily virtualized datacenters to add the layer of abstraction and management that could create an OpenStack cloud atop existing layers of virtualization. Red Hat also announced it would integrate its Red Hat Storage and its OpenStack distribution into a product that allows user organizations to deploy OpenStack clouds and unify storage assets at the same time. The packages will ship as: Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform—a single-cost product that supports OpenStack cloud deployment; Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure, which extends virtualized server management from the datacenter into private clouds and outside the firewall to external IaaS clouds; and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.2 (RHEV)—the point release designed to prompt a platform migration. There will also be RedHat CloudForms, an open-source package of management software designed to control hybrid clouds and allow companies to deploy cloud services on top of virtual machines created using RHEV. The main bundles will be available in July, with no price yet set. Building a framework for third-party interfaces outside the integration of OpenStack and Red Hat Enterprise Linux takes pressure off ISVs by allowing them to focus on their own products rather than having to learn how to plug in to OpenStack and RedHat Linux separately. RedHat also announced it had made available an online PaaS service based on the open-source cloud-based application platform.   Image: Melpomene/