Red Hat and Cisco Extend Cloud Collaboration in India

Red Hat, Inc., a global provider of open source solutions, has announced the extension of its cloud collaboration with Cisco in India. The combination of Red Hat’s open source solutions and CiscoR technology has delivered innovative solutions to customers, enabling them to achieve greater IT efficiencies and bringing them toward next-generation enterprise computing.

IDC estimated in 2014 that the size of the worldwide cloud systems management software market in 2018 stands at US$5.8 billion.[1] With this in mind, Red Hat and Cisco have announced a new Center of Excellence in Gurgaon, India, to provide customers and partners with an opportunity to review their cloud frameworks and experience how they can deliver cloud innovation within their organizations.

Red Hat will be showcasing technology solutions on Cisco platforms, which include OpenShift by Red Hat, Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, and Red Hat CloudForms, designed to serve as the foundation for building OpenStack-powered clouds for advanced cloud users, such as telecommunications companies, Internet service providers (ISPs), and public cloud hosting providers. Dirk-Peter van Leeuwen, senior vice president and general manager, Red Hat Asia Pacific, and Rajesh Rege, director and country head (Datacenter & Cloud Business Entity), Cisco India / SAARC officially opened the center on July 23, 2014.

In the last year, Red Hat and Cisco have collaborated on several new initiatives, including Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), and a Cisco Validated Design (CVD) that incorporates OpenShift into Cisco’s latest Intelligent Automation for Cloud and Virtualized Multiservice Data Center releases, enabling enterprises to build a powerful PaaS with tools from underlying Cisco server and networking hardware to OpenShift.

Cisco and Red Hat share a common view and approach towards next-generation IT architectures, and the new Center of Excellence in India shows mutual commitment to collaborate to deliver industry-defining solutions for the open hybrid cloud.

Dirk-Peter van Leeuwen, senior vice president and general manager, Red Hat Asia Pacific, explained, “Cisco and Red Hat have announced a number of collaborations over the past year, and we believe that our collaborative efforts can drive even greater innovation in India for our customers and communities. We hope that with the opening of the Center of Excellence, more IT professionals, students and communities can participate in open source development and be part of creating de facto multi-vendor standardization to build modern data centers of the future.”

Rajesh Rege, director and country head (Datacenter & Cloud Business Entity), Cisco India / SAARC, explains, “Business needs are driving the adoption of new technology models faster than ever, and the onus is on IT to deliver business results and innovate on technology delivery models despite shrinking budgets and resources. Cisco’s Unified Computing SystemT (UCS) together with Red Hat’s unique solutions around Linux and OpenStack will help ensure that our customers, especially in the government, telecom and Internet service provider space, have access to the virtualized, highly secure, and economically compelling solutions needed for them to leverage the full benefit of the cloud. The new CoE is a demonstration of our commitment to help customers address today’s complex technology and business climate and will allow us to jointly demonstrate and deploy innovative, high performance Cloud infrastructure for the local market.”

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