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Cisco and Red Hat will jointly integrate and sell combined OpenStack, Cisco UCS and ACI-based solutions

Cisco and Red Hat will jointly integrate and sell combined OpenStack, Cisco UCS and ACI-based solutions

Cisco and Red Hat announced the firms will deepen their partnership and develop integrated infrastructure solutions based on OpenStack. Cisco also plans to extend its Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) policy framework to OpenStack, and work with Red Hat on bolstering the company’s Intercloud strategy.

The two companies, which already partner on OpenShift among other things, will redouble efforts to drive integration between Cisco UCS and Red Hat’s OpenStack distribution. The company said Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform (UCSO) will combine Cisco UCS, Cisco ACI and Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform.

The portfolio of integrated infrastructure solutions will also combine UCS servers with Nexus switching and UCS Director management.

Cisco said the move will significantly enhance its Intercloud strategy, which the company is positioning as a modular cloud strategy not unlike VMware’s hybrid cloud strategy – but with Cisco’s UCS technology and ACI as the core building blocks for public, private and hybrid cloud deployments.

“Cisco is working with its partners to build the Intercloud—an interconnected, global, ‘cloud of clouds’ connecting private, public, and hybrid clouds,” said Padmasree Warrior, chief technology & strategy officer at Cisco.

“As the cloud industry pivots towards open source technology, Cisco and Red Hat are expanding our relationship and accelerating collaboration around OpenStack, Application Centric Infrastructure and Intercloud,” Warrior said.

Paul Cormier, president, Products and Technologies at Red Hat said open source technology has emerged as a catalyst for cloud innovation.

“Cisco is a market leader in cloud infrastructure and integrated infrastructure, while Red Hat brings market leadership and deep domain expertise of open source and OpenStack. By combining our complementary strengths, Cisco and Red Hat have a unique opportunity to capitalise on this market disruption,” Cormier said.

The move comes as Cisco revamps its UCS platform for the cloud and Internet of Things era. The company announced updated UCS Rack and Blade servers this week as well as M-Series modular servers, which the company is aiming at data and I/O-intensive applications and cloud computing, respectively.