Red Hat (RHT) is adding even more integration with OpenStack in the latest versions of Cloud Infrastructure and Enterprise Virtualization. Versions 4.0 and 3.3, respectively, build on the open source-focused vendor's open hybrid cloud strategy.

Within Cloud Infrastructure 4.0, Red Hat's infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offering, the vendor is aiming to provide enterprises with an easy way to get onto a scalable public cloud infrastructure based on OpenStack. The new version was designed to have tighter integration between Red Hat's virtualization, cloud and platform components to reduce image inconsistencies and duplications by creating only one set of virtual images.

"These offerings are engineered to help build a more productive and efficient open private cloud and provide a more reliable infrastructure for IT and cloud operators. Now backed by the world's largest OpenStack partner ecosystem, Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure helps IT to bridge data center infrastructure silos and more effectively meet user needs," said Radhesh Balakrishnan, general manager for Virtualization at Red Hat, in a prepared statement.

According to Red Hat, "an integrated open private cloud stack is a first step toward building an open hybrid cloud." And that's what the vendor is hoping Cloud Infrastructure 4.0 provides.

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.3, on the other hand, has been expanded to include expanded data center virtualization and management features, including seamless workload scaling and integration.

The new version has three key new features:

  • A self-hosted engine that allows the Enterprise Virtualization manager to be deployed as a virtual machine on the host to reduce hardware requirements.
  • Backup and restore API integration that includes a backup infrastructure, providing an API set for third-party software vendors to back up and restore their virtual machines.
  • Support for both OpenStack Glance and OpenStack Neutron, allowing users to store their virtual machine templates and enable networking configurations with a shared infrastructure between private clouds and data center virtualization.

"With new additions to the third-party plug-ins offered by Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.3, it offers a fundamental core for Red Hat's OpenStack-powered cloud offerings," Balakrishnan said.