Red Hat (RHT) is expanding its OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner Network to include cloud services providers (CSPs), managed services providers (MSPs) and system integrators (SIs).

Red Hat Global Ecosystems Senior Director Mike Werner said in a webcast yesterday that these partner additions are an "important element for the movement of OpenStack."

Before the expansion the partner program only included opportunities for original equipment manufacturer (OEM), independent hardware vendor (IHV) and independent software vendor (ISV) partners.

Red Hat also extended its Enterprise OpenStack Certification, which was launched in June 2013. There are now certification protocols for advanced networking services (Neutron extensions), OpenStack Object Storage (Swift) and OpenStack Image Storage (Glance), expanding beyond OpenStack Compute (Nova), OpenStack Networking (Neutron), and OpenStack Block Storage (Cinder).

Werner said that Red Hat offerings are "designed for real deployments and revenue opportunities for our partners."

Additionally, Red Hat noted that since June 2013, its OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner Network has experienced 30 percent growth in partner participation and more than 900 certified solutions are now included in the Red Hat Marketplace.

The underlying purpose of the Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure Partner Network is to connect both business and technical resources to third-party technology companies that are aligning with Red Hat’s OpenStack product offerings.

Red Hat also announced a partnership with Paris-based eNovance at the OpenStack Design Summit and Conference in Hong Kong to help accelerate adoption of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform.