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Red Hat, Cisco to Deliver Enterprise Linux and Virtualization for Unified Computing Solution

March 17, 2009

Provider of open source solutions Red Hat and Cisco said that they will work together to deliver Red Hat Enterprise Linux software with the Cisco Unified Computing System.

“Red Hat and Cisco have long collaborated in the open source community and today bring joint innovation to customers through the combination of our next-generation enterprise solutions,” said Brian Stevens, CTO and vice president for engineering at Red Hat.
Both companies are also expected to collaborate to deliver joint global sales and services as well as customer engagement, and to develop deployment and enablement tools for customers.
Cisco Unified Computing System helps customers deploy mission-critical applications in a virtualized data center environment. Companies’ officials said that Red Hat and Cisco will use collaborative engineering and testing to combine the new Cisco Unified Computing System with Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
Additionally, Cisco is expected to act as an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) for Red Hat's Enterprise Linux platform. Officials said that this will allow customers to purchase a complete solution from Cisco in addition to services and support.
The Cisco Unified Computing System combines computational, network, and virtualization resources into a seamless system, simplifying its setup, helping customers to improve business metrics.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 is a platform for running application workloads, offering customers an open alternative for enterprise computing. Company officials said that it provides a base operating platform, security and high-availability capabilities, and comprehensive networking capabilities.
Red Hat’s independent software vendor (ISV) ecosystem will enable customers to run thousands of Red Hat-certified applications on the Cisco Unified Computing System upon availability. This includes more than 3,000 certified applications.
Moreover, Red Hat's certify-once, deploy-anywhere certification program and its ecosystem of applications are enabled to run in both virtualized and non-virtualized environments.
Red Hat and Cisco said that they are also planning to certify the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization suite of technologies following its general availability.
The Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization portfolio is expected to offer advanced hypervisor technologies built from Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) and a new suite of management tools.
“Red Hat solutions run many of the world's most demanding computing environments and can take advantage of the high density of Cisco Unified Computing System,” said Soni Jiandani, vice president of the marketing, server access and virtualization business unit at Cisco.
The combination of the Cisco Unified Computing System and Red Hat software solutions offers customers a platform for deploying computing infrastructures that takes advantage of both companies’ strengths.
These includes Cisco’s integrated device management, unified fabric and expanded memory technology available with the Cisco Unified Computing System and Red Hat's software technology.
As a stand-alone operating system or as a guest operating system on VMware virtualization, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3 is certified to run on the Cisco Unified Computing System.

Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for unified communications. To read more of Anshu’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jessica Kostek

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