Relationships with our strategic partners are something we take seriously at SolidFire. Because of that, May and June are very busy months. Back at the OpenStack Summit, SolidFire rolled out a message that asked customers to really think about what they could do in their environments if storage was an enabler, and wasn’t an obstacle to growth and change.


We challenged them to “Do what has never been done” and to embrace technology, platforms, and delivery models that change the game. That message carried through Cisco Live and culminated in a big way in Boston at the Red Hat Summit. These three shows are very important for SolidFire, but are also important to the industry in general.


And Red Hat didn’t disappoint, that’s for sure. As a company, and as the keeper of the open source flame for the enterprise, they hit all the right notes. The big announcements were targeted at the heart of Red Hat’s customer base: an alliance with Samsung Enterprise to bring advances in mobility using its new Red Hat Mobile Application Platform, and new versions of JBoss Fuse 6.2 and JBoss A-MQ 6.2.


No tech conference in 2015 would be complete without a focus on containers, and Red Hat covered that as well. Following up on their March announcement, we got to hear a lot more about Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Atomic Host and how it packages apps designed to run on RHEL 6 and 7. Red Hat also announced its membership in the Open Container Project, which bodes well for the community and customers.


There were also a number of OpenStack-related announcements, and with the long history that Red Hat and SolidFire have working together to accelerate the deployment of OpenStack in the enterprise through our joint Agile Infrastructure designs, we are always looking for the next components to add.


One of these components that shows a lot of promise is the Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform Director. The Director will combine tech from eNovance (bought by Red Hat in 2014), Red Hat’s current suite of installation tools, and code from the core upstream OpenStack management project, TripleO.

Once released, Director should provide initial infrastructure installation, as well as day-to-day operational management capabilities and a means to confirm the configuration and state of the environment. It will also offer improved infrastructure lifecycle management, including live orchestrated system upgrades with rollback capabilities. Upgrades and maintenance are certainly sore spots with customers, and any tool that makes them easier to handle will definitely be welcome.


SolidFire is a big believer in the open source community and our partners in those ventures. The amount of traffic we had in the booth asking questions and sharing stories was amazing. There were visits from current customers large and small, thanking us for helping them do more, and move faster in their environments.


More than anything, there was a sense that Red Hat remains at the leading edge of the enterprise companies that are embracing OSS and its potential, and SolidFire is happy to stand with them.


Learn more about SolidFire’s partnership with Red Hat. Download the Agile Infrastructure for OpenStack Reference Architecture, a pre-validated design that enables enterprises of all sizes to rapidly deploy a fully functional OpenStack cloud infrastructure.

Jeramiah Dooley

Jeramiah is a Cloud Architect at SolidFire with a passion for positioning technology in general, and virtualization in particular, as a way to solve customer problems and generate revenue. He is a subject matter expert on service provider business practices, trusted multi-tenancy, VMware vCloud Technologies, and Cisco Unified Communications. When he isn't buried in something geeky, he's home with his wife and two kids trying to see how much trouble they can get into.