10 years after Red Hat got serious on enterprise Linux, the company is re-organised for enterprise cloud. The Linux distro last week scraped up its Linux, virtualisation, OpenStack and cloud management businesses into a new infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) unit. Also created in the shuffle was an applications platform group …
God knows why anyone would choose this for an IAAS platform. The only justification I can think of is if you have hordes of under employeed UNIX sysadmins around that for some reason would be more expensive to fire. Managing Open Stack is a horrifically complex programming, scripting and flat file editing mess....possibly suited to a few commercial service providers with under employed boat anchor managers as above (IBM springs to mind), but for normal SMEs and enterprises? No way....
Red Hat can put some serious dev into OpenStack and make it relatively easy for mere mortals to implement and manage, they might have a shot here. There is a fine line between a heavily virtualized infrastructure and a "cloud" and every major vendor in tech has been working hard to cover the entire spectrum so RH certainly has their work cut out for them. I want to know what Oracle is planning for Nimbula which was the drop dead easiest "cloud" platform to install. Horrendous UI, but it could be installed and be truly usable in less than an hour on multiple nodes. Twas cool stuff.
Red Hat has been the largest single contributed to Open Stack for some time, and has around 30-40 employees working on it full time. This graph is nearly a year old and shows Red Hat way ahead in terms of contributions:
Some people at Red Hat working on Open Stack.
Get the bloody documentation sorted out! And add some separation of services in the documentation - currently it's, "Here's the stack - do this." It makes all support, discussion and trouble-shooting 10 times as hard as it should be.
Red Hat's RDO stack was nice and had the opportunity to build a real community but they chose some crappy forum software and didn't give anyone with any real tech chops responsibility for making sure original questions got answers.
Linux is the thing to sell to emerging markets in Africa. Partner with hosting companies and bring it down here.
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