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Red Hat is bolstering its consulting services in cloud

Red Hat is bolstering its consulting services in cloud

Linux incumbent Red Hat has created a division that combines technology expertise and consulting resources the firm acquired over the years in a bid to bolster its cloud business. The company said it wants to become an industry-leading authority on complex cloud environments.

The company said the division will provide solutions and services such as validated designs and cloud reference architectures, as well as DevOps methodology consulting, training, and support.

“Red Hat Cloud Innovation Practice will aggregate product feedback and provide the technical leadership, evangelism, best practices, research, support and dissemination services needed to create relevant use cases outlining ways to help increase delivery efficiency, speed up deployments, and achieve a quicker return on investment,” the company said in a statement.

In doing so, the company is bringing together a range of technology and consulting expertise it acquired over the past couple of years including storage systems providers Ceph and Inktank, and OpenStack consulting specialists eNovance.

The cloud innovation practice will primarily work with the Red Hat portfolio of services and solutions including the company’s OpenStack distribution, its platform as a service OpenShift, CloudForms and Ceph Enterprise.

John Allessio, vice president, Global Services, Red Hat said: “By combining our unique software distribution and deployment approach with our award-winning products and services, we will be able to help customers of all sizes build an agile and DevOps friendly organization to meet the changing needs of their infrastructure demands. We hope that the Red Hat Cloud Innovation Practice will quickly become an industry-leading authority on new ways to deliver complex cloud environments.”

It will be interesting to see how Red Hat’s cloud consulting efforts stack up to not just other incumbents that have robust consulting practices (IBM for instance) but boutique cloud consultancies, many of which have formed alliances with big cloud vendors like Microsoft and AWS.