Red Hat, Inc. has introduced Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Cloud, an integrated solution for customers seeking to co-locate compute and storage functions in OpenStack environments. The new offering combines Red Hat OpenStack Platform 13 and Red Hat Ceph Storage 3 in a single user experience, supported by a common lifecycle for greater operational and organizational efficiency.

Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Cloud offers an open platform to improve application portability between the data center and the edge, especially critical to enterprises that historically didn’t have any choice outside of inflexible, proprietary systems. In addition, nodes in an OpenStack deployment are interoperable, giving customers the choice to use non-hyperconverged nodes across their networks, with hyperconverged nodes at the edge, further improving resource utilization. By using existing skill sets in building private and hybrid cloud deployments, customers can innovate faster to address next-generation requirements for the edge.

“Customers looking to build a common foundation across data center and edge deployments now have the confidence to enable faster rollout of services to their customers. Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Cloud provides customers with the power and versatility of hyperconvergence in the hybrid cloud,” said Ranga Rangachari, vice president and general manager, Storage, Red Hat.

This announcement marks the release of the second component in Red Hat’s hyperconverged portfolio, following the introduction of Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Virtualization in June 2017, which combines Red Hat Virtualization and Red Hat Gluster Storage.

“In our recent Voice of the Enterprise Servers & Converged Infrastructure survey, 71% of respondents were using hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) to simplify infrastructure management and maintenance, while 60% were looking to benefit from accelerated provisioning and automation through the use of HCI. Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Cloud provides the infrastructure consolidation and simplified lifecycle management which many OpenStack customers are looking for to accelerate their private cloud deployments at the edge and in data centers,” said Henry Baltazar, research vice president, 451 Research.

Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Cloud provides a smooth customer experience from procurement to day three operations by delivering a pre-packaged solution with socket-pair pricing. The primary customer benefits can include:

Unified lifecycle management - Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Cloud helps create standardized private cloud building blocks, making it easier to enable continuous operations and manage OpenStack and storage functions as a single unit with configuration consistency across the supported lifecycle of the solution.

Lower cost and greater operational flexibility - The new offering allows organizations to run dedicated compute and storage layers at the center with hyperconverged nodes at the edge all running on industry-standard hardware. In addition, all OpenStack services are containerized leading to additional cost savings, and more efficient resource management.

Broader organizational efficiency - Customers can use existing knowledge and assets around private cloud infrastructure while taking advantage of the benefits offered by OpenStack technology. Hyperconverged infrastructure has great appeal with IT generalists, who are rapidly replacing siloed specialist roles in the modern enterprise. In addition, edge technicians who may lack deep knowledge of OpenStack deployment and configuration can benefit from the unified lifecycle and user experience.

Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Cloud can benefit customers implementing systems for NFV (network functions virtualization) infrastructures to deploy more functionality at the edge of network. In addition to the lifecycle and operational benefits, it also includes all the networking capabilities of Red Hat OpenStack Platform 13 such as Real-time KVM and OpenDaylight. Communication service providers (CSPs) and network equipment providers (NEPs) looking for innovation at the data center and the mobile edge can benefit from this solution as they roll out highly performant, agile, and scalable platforms for 5G.

Red Hat is the primary contributor to the open source Ceph and OpenStack communities, and supports an open ecosystem of compute platforms and hardware vendors.