Red Hat OpenStack Platform provides a cloud foundation to drive businesses’ innovation

Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, announced that a number of organizations around the world have turned to its massively-scalable infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) solution – Red Hat OpenStack Platform.

Customers such as Algar Telecom, the University of Adelaide and Vodafone Ziggo are using Red Hat OpenStack Platform as their private cloud platform to more efficiently use, organize and manage compute resources.

With Red Hat OpenStack Platform, businesses can increase operational efficiency, accelerate their ability to innovate, avoid vendor lock-in, save money and standardize on a single scalable platform, while enhancing software security and data privacy. Some innovators benefitting from Red Hat OpenStack Platform include:

Algar Telecom, a leader for internet services in Brazil, was looking to grow its customer base in the commercial space. To achieve this, it needed to deliver innovative applications and services faster while scaling its infrastructure more easily and quickly to support an influx of new customers.

Using Red Hat OpenStack Platform, Red Hat Ceph Storage and Red Hat CloudForms, Algar Telecom has deployed an agile private cloud infrastructure that is scalable and flexible, making it easier to manage, provision and upgrade infrastructure and resources.

The University of Adelaide, a research-intensive, Australian public university, needed to provide staff and students with a reliable foundation to deploy virtual machines (VMs) with storage on a private cloud. After previously managing two OpenStack environments, one specifically for IT developers and a separate environment for researchers, the University was looking to consolidate and enable developers to deploy applications with higher availability.

Their implementation of Red Hat OpenStack Platform running enterprise-grade Kubernetes with Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform has given them a single user interface with multiple availability zones. This makes it easier for the University’s developers and users to deploy, manage and upgrade applications independently. The private cloud platform also enables researchers to teach students critical problem-solving skills necessary to deliver technology solutions founded in real-world scenarios.

VodafoneZiggo, a leading Dutch communications provider that delivers fixed, mobile and integrated telecommunications services to consumers and businesses, wanted to build a competitive edge by enhancing capacity and expanding its offerings.

VodafoneZiggo selected Red Hat OpenStack Platform as the open, scalable foundation for its Virtualized Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) deployment, removing its reliance on legacy technologies and adding capabilities to more freely scale and innovate.

Continued focus to OpenStack innovation

As a major contributor to the OpenStack project, Red Hat continues to focus on helping the community bring capabilities to bear to support new enterprise workloads and use cases.

With the latest OpenStack release, Stein, this includes vGPU support for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) workloads such as time series forecasting. This enables many different business applications, from sales prediction tools to manufacturing or labor planning services.

In addition, Red Hat’s continual refinement of IT architecture is helping to push OpenStack’s bare-metal capabilities forward, as well as the ability to distribute compute power for edge computing initiatives.

This can create a unified application and operations experience for workloads, on one of the four footprints (public cloud, private cloud, virtualized, or bare metal), across locations—whether a core datacenter or dozens of small edge computing sites and the device edge.

Red Hat OpenStack Platform 15, the next version of Red Hat’s massively scalable Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution, will be based on the innovations of the Stein release.

Sandro Mazziotta, director, Product Management, NFV, at Red Hat, said: “A highly-scalable private cloud foundation offers a smoother onramp to hybrid cloud computing, which we help to meet with Red Hat OpenStack Platform.

“Organizations like the Algar Telecom, University of Adelaide and Vodafone Ziggo are able to empower their IT teams to innovate through cloud-native technologies, backed by greater confidence that they can expand, balance and manage the underlying infrastructure across their datacenter with Red Hat OpenStack Platform.”

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