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DevOps: How do Intel and Red Hat cooperate to improve cloud computing?

BY Dan Fineberg ON Mar 31, 2014

Although it may not feel like it to hardworking DevOps folks, cloud computing is still a pretty new thing.  So it’s important for industry leaders to do as much as they can to help it flourish and grow. Intel and Red Hat have more than 10 years of history delivering data center value through our collaboration in Linux, virtualization, and now the OpenStack cloud operating environment. 

Major cloud service providers tell us that they care most about “Performance/TCO”.  By that, these CSPs mean the ability to meet user requirements at the lowest possible cost.  Those requirements vary depending on workload, but the ability to reliably respond to a given number of user requests per unit time is a good way to think about it.  For different use cases, that may be a function of storage capacity, Hadoop queries, Web transactions, VMs per system, and/or operations/second.

For cloud computing, TCO is mostly the cost of servers (usually amortized over 3 years), then the cost of power, power distribution and cooling, and then the cost of other infrastructure (primarily networking and storage), often amortized over as much as 10 years.

Red Hat and Intel collaborate energetically to ensure that binary code compatibility and optimization deliver greater agility and lower TCO to customers. That includes optimizing platforms for virtualization and secure cloud computing.  For example, we’ve enabled Intel® Virtualization Technologies in RHEL6, RHEV and the upcoming RHEL7, and we’ve collaborated on Trusted Compute Pools with Open Attestation Technology (OAT) support in Fedora—we’re now working to make it available in the RHEL-OpenStack platform. 

Our efforts also involve engagement to ensure that solutions address emerging hyperscale needs of customers.  A great example is software optimization for Intel® Atom™ C2000 platforms.  The Intel architecture-based systems on a chip (SoCs) deliver single socket, low power, high-density shared infrastructure for light-weight workloads such as static web, entry dedicated hosting, cold storage, simple CDN, and caching.  Proponents of alternative CPU architectures will need to invest heavily to similarly support and maintain consistent application programming interfaces (APIs) and driver interfaces across different product lines from various OEMs.

Hardware technologies and software products from Intel and Red Hat are field-proven, with many years of continuous improvement in design and optimization.  They deliver three major advantages:

  • Scalability to support growth in user demand across many workloads.
  • Compatibility across the data center—without system or software vendor lock-in. 
  • Reliability through built-in management and security technology.

Intel, Red Hat and our hardware partners have been working to bring enterprise-class solutions to our mutual customers. Check out our  Solution Optimization at Hyperscale video.  

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