Red Hat expands open hybrid cloud platform


North Carolina-based Red Hat, Inc. announced today that it completed the acquisition of ManageIQ another cloud services provider and will be using the deal to expand its open hybrid cloud capabilities. Red Hat is an open source technologies provider that serves a variety of government offices and agencies at all levels.

In addition to their technology and solutions portfolios being complementary, Red Hat and ManageIQ also share many joint customers – the majority of ManageIQ’s customers are also Red Hat customers. ManageIQ currently offers its customers a fee-based virtual infrastructure fits in with the existing cloud services offered by Red Hat. Red Hat offers their own enterprise Linux environment with virtualization. It’s OpenStack offering allows for an open cloud or open hybrid cloud suitable for the enterprise.

The company announced the acquisition in December, 2012. Red Hat currently works with government offices on implementation of the Open Government Directive and also provides consulting services for governments exploring open data planning, a field which has grown rapidly in recent years. “IDC expects spending on cloud systems management software to exceed $3.6 billion by 2016 thanks to demand for these types of sophisticated tools,” says Mary Johnston Turner, research vice president, Enterprise Systems Management at IDC.

“With the closing of the acquisition, we now begin work to integrate ManageIQ’s enterprise cloud management and automation technologies with our complementary Red Hat CloudForms hybrid Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution and our open Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization management solution. With this combination, we can offer our customers an unparalleled open hybrid cloud management portfolio,” said said Bryan Che, general manager, Cloud Business Unit at Red Hat.