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Red Hat’s channel revenue gets boost

agent-carter-7683Open saucy specialist Red Hat has said that at the end of its first quarter three-quarters of its services business is going through the channel

Red Hat’s channel business has continued to grow with the open source specialist reporting increases in indirect revenues.

The firm reported that 75 percent of its business now goes through the channel as of its fiscal Q1, which was up from 72 percent a year earlier.

The vendor issued its first-quarter numbers, for the three months ended 31 May, giving investors the mixed bag of a Q1 with a 20 percent revenue increase to $814 million.

The results show that Red Hat is a bit worried about the rest of the year because of exchange rate issues.

Red Hat executive vice president and CFO Eric Shander said: “We are focused on building our strategic partnerships within our mid-market customers. In Q1, our mid-market deals greater than $250,000 increased 138% year-over-year from 21 deals to 50 deals, with notable growth in Ansible and OpenShift.”

Red Hat buys Codenvy for its cunning cloud plans

hat_sm_zps0a1ae16fOpen saucy outfit Red Hat has written a cheque for the cloud application developer Codenvy.

The company’s hybrid cloud services development software will be shoved under the bonnet of Red Hat’s OpenShift.io hosted environment.

In a statement announcing the acquisition, Red Hat said: “Historically, software engineers have spent more time each week on administration and other tasks, including environment management, than actual coding.

“Often, developers can find themselves working on multiple projects concurrently, but in different programming languages, “the company said.

The aim is that as more IT organisations move to continuous delivery with DevOps and containers to speed the delivery of modern, cloud-native applications, developers have turned to new tools like Codenvy that can enable development teams to build complex applications faster with fewer inconsistencies across environments, the spokesHat said.

Tyler Jewell, CEO at Codenvy, said: “Cloud workspaces make contributing to software projects easy.

“Our container-based approach to development aligns with Red Hat’s focus on improving security features, reliability and performance in its container offerings. Joining Red Hat opens up opportunities to expand our reach among developers, giving them modern tools to build containerised apps from within their web browser.”

Red Hat shows off cloud-based automated enterprise

hat_sm_zps0a1ae16fRed Hat has been telling the world+dog about its new cloud management platform, CloudForms, and predictive analytics tool, Red Hat Insights.

Talking to the 2017 Red Hat Summit in Boston, Joe Fitzgerald, VP of Management said the new products are all part of the company’s automated enterprise vision thing.

“CloudForms is used to manage multi-cloud environments, and the key feature in that release is Ansible Inside, which is incredible open source automation technology,” Fitzgerald said.

Red Hat Insights is the company’s predictive analytics capability, which tells users what is going on within their systems, and efficiently automates getting issues fixed without having to involve actual workers.

“It’s a really powerful tool for enterprises to automate,” said Fitzgerald.

He explained that business was getting more complex, with IT environments using multi-clouds as well as new container technologies, making it hard for individuals to keep up with the management of these systems.

“Automation is premium. You see this in consumer things like self-driving cars and home automation. It has to come to enterprise IT. Otherwise, businesses are not going to be able to keep up with the demands on them,” he said.

Red Hat calls on partners for $5 billion boost

agent-carter-7683Linux outfit Red Hat is calling on its partners to help it become a $5 billion company in five years.

CEO Jim Whitehurst  told roughly 250 partners attending its North American Partner Conference in New Orleans that to reach $5 billion it will have to dramatically scale its business, and why the channel is important.

In his keynote address, Whitehurst told partners that Red Hat has 9,000 employees, but to make $5 billion the way it’s going now, it projects needing 20,000 in five years. With attrition, that means hiring 17,000 people.

“We would really love to have your help so we don’t necessarily have to bring that many people into the company,” he said.

If partners help alleviate the staffing dilemma, “the single largest challenge we have as a company,” they will have to generate $4 billion of the $5 billion in annual revenue.

He did not say much else which was specific. But he did say that the problems enterprise customers are having -and the capabilities they need to address those problems are “just naturally in the open-source DNA,” Whitehurst said.

He thinks that there are shedloads of opportuntities for Red Hat partners.

“Each of you has a piece of that $4 billion,” Whitehurst told attendees.

Microsoft teams up with Red Hat

redmondMicrosoft and Red Hat have announced a partnership that will help customers embrace hybrid cloud computing by providing greater choice and flexibility deploying Red Hat solutions on Microsoft Azure.

Vole is offering Red Hat Enterprise Linux as the preferred choice for enterprise Linux workloads on Microsoft Azure.

Redmond and Red Hat are also working together on common enterprise, ISV and developer needs for building, deploying and managing applications on Red Hat software across private and public clouds.

In the coming weeks, Microsoft Azure will become a Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider. This will enable customers to run their Red Hat Enterprise Linux applications and workloads on Microsoft Azure.

Red Hat Cloud Access subscribers will be able to bring their own virtual machine images to run in Microsoft Azure.

Microsoft Azure customers can also take advantage of the full value of Red Hat’s application platform, including Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, Red Hat JBoss Web Server, Red Hat Gluster Storage and OpenShift, Red Hat’s platform-as-a-service offering. In the coming months, Microsoft and Red Hat plan to provide Red Hat On-Demand — “pay-as-you-go” Red Hat Enterprise Linux images available in the Azure Marketplace, supported by Red Hat.

Customers will be offered cross-platform, cross-company support spanning the Microsoft and Red Hat offerings in an integrated way, unlike any previous partnership in the public cloud. By co-locating support teams on the same premises, the experience will be simple and seamless, at cloud speed.

Red Hat CloudForms will work with Microsoft Azure and Microsoft System Centre Virtual Machine Manager, offering Red Hat CloudForms customers the ability to manage Red Hat Enterprise Linux on both Hyper-V and Microsoft Azure. Support for managing Azure workloads from Red Hat CloudForms is expected to be added in the next few months, extending the existing System Center capabilities for managing Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Developers will have access to .NET technologies across Red Hat offerings, including Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, jointly backed by Microsoft and Red Hat. Red Hat Enterprise Linux will be the primary development and reference operating system for .NET Core on Linux.

Scott Guthrie, executive vice president for Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise division said the move will be a powerful win for enterprises, ISVs and developers.

“With this partnership, we are expanding our commitment to offering unmatched choice and flexibility in the cloud today, meeting customers where they are so they can do more with their hybrid cloud deployments — all while fulfilling the rigorous security and scalability requirements that enterprises demand.”




Red Hat does better than expected

red-hatRed Hat has surprised the cocaine nose jobs of Wall Street by being able to stick to its profit forcast, despite the US dollar shooting through the roof.

Red Hat predicted it would make a profit for the first quarter that matched analysts’ estimates despite warning on a strong dollar hurting its revenue.

Red Hat shares were up five percent in after-market trading after the company’s profit beat the average analyst estimate for the eighth straight quarter.

The company also said a $500 million share buyback program will replace an existing $300 million programme.

Red Hat gets nearly half its revenue from international operations and expected to suffer from the US dollar’s strong gains. HP, Microsoft and IBM had estimated a significant impact from the dollar’s gains.

The company, whose customers include Adobe and Verizon, forecast an adjusted profit of $469 million-$474 million for the first quarter.

Red Hat also forecast a revenue of $1.99-$2.02 billion for the full year. Analysts were expecting  revenues of $2.02 billion.

The company’s billings revenue was $688 million in the fourth quarter. Analysts had expected $646.2 million.


Public face of Red Hat quits

8th_Doctor_FezRed Hat has announced that its long serving CTO Brian Stevens is quitting after 13 years in the job.

Jim Whitehurst, President and CEO of Red Hat made the announcement and gave a brief line of thanks for Steven’s years of service. In the interim, the office of the CTO will be managed by Paul Cormier, President of products and technologies at Red Hat.

On the surface there appears nothing untoward about the exit, other than the fact no-one at Red Hat saw it coming.

There have been some dark rumours that all is not well under the cappello rosso and some are saying that Stevens may have left because of friction between Stevens and Cormier. Stevens office had been moved out from underneath Cormier’s control and there might be some feuding going on.

Stevens, whose Red Hat page was taken down minutes after the news was released, had been with Red Hat since 2001. Before that he had been the CTO at Mission Critical Linux, and a senior architect at Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), where he worked on Digital’s UNIX operating system. He is best known for his work on the X Window System, the foundation of UNIX and Linux graphic systems.

Stevens was often the public face of Red Hat and t Gigaom Structure on Red Hat and OpenStack. In April  he laid out Red Hat’s future technology plans at Red Hat Summit.

He has been a key player in Red Hat’s march to the cloud. Red Hat was not among the early adopters of OpenStack when it got started in July 2010 and it was Stevens, who got the company involved. Today Red Hat is the top code contributor to OpenStack.

Red Hat is missing the developer train

red-hatWhile CIOs tend to think “Red Hat” when they contemplate their open source navels, their developers are not big fans and more likely to love Ubuntu, according to research.

According to AngelList data compiled by Leo Polovets, these developers also like MySQL, MongoDB, or PostgreSQL for their database; Chef or Puppet for configuration; and ElasticSearch or Solr for search.

None of this technology is developed by Red Hat which means that if the Open Source giant does not pull finger, it may find itself without applications.

The same thing is happening on the cloud. Ubuntu claims more than 50 percent of all guest OSes. Across Red Hat’s complete product range (RHEL, CentOS, and Fedora), the company gets less than 20 percent of all guest OSes.

Where Red Hat has been doing some Stirling work with the open source developer community, on OpenStack Red Hat has a better 34 percent adoption rate.

Red Hat is doing well in its middleware business, JBoss and storage business based around Gluster, Ceph.

But it has missed out on nearly all of the biggest projects, from Hadoop to ElasticSearch to Cassandra and Red Hat also lacks meaningful partnerships with most of them.

The reports suggests that Red Hat needs developers and it could be in big trouble unless it does.


Hadoop makes the enterprise grade

cloud 2An IDC survey commissioned by Red Hat indicates Hadoop is reaching critical mass in the business world.

According to IDC, 32 percent of those surveyed already deploy Hadoop; 31 percent will deploy it in the next 12 months and 36 percent indicated they would deploy it in the future.

And the use of Hadoop is not just for analysing big data.

IDC said that 39 percent of the respondents use NoSQL databases such as Hbase, Cassandra and MongoDB, and 36 percent said they use MPP databases such as Greenplum and Vertica.

While businesses use Hadoop for analysis of raw data, 39 percent of the respondents use it to put “if-then” modelling for products and services.

The IDC survey also showed that many businesses use alternatives to HDFS such as Big Blue’s Global File System, EMC’s Isilon OneFS and Red Hat Storage – that is GlusterFS.

Red Hat EMEA channel conf details announced

redhatOpen source profiteer Red Hat has announced dates for the fifth Red Hat Europe EMEA Partner Conference in Madrid this year.

The event will run from 29 September to 2 October 2013 and will open with keynotes from top executive veep in sales and services, Arun Oberoi, and CTO Brian Stevens. Veep of partners for Red Hat EMEA, Petra Heinrich, will also be speaking about general partner strategy.

There will be a series of panel discussions on current and future trends in open hybrid cloud, middleware, platform offerings and product strategies. As is expected from this sort of thing, there will also be breakout sessions and talks on best practices about enterprise IT, specifically focusing on using open source tech and making the shift from physical to virtual and cloud platforms.

Red Hat is calling on distributors, ISVs, OEMs, system integrators and other partners, potential or existing, to discuss with each other and gain access to Red Hat’s top execs. Platinum and gold plus sponsors, IBM and HP respectively, will also be attending.

The company asserts, in a tone which would not sound out of place read by Genesis P Orridge over an abrasive and menacing tape loop: “The Red Hat EMEA Partner Conference will be comprised of three pillars. Pillar one is built on datacentre integration with the key themes of partner enablement and IT modernization. Pillar two is built around middleware and the requirement to migrate legacy applications in an open environment. The third pillar focuses on solving the new workload challenges inherent in open hybrid cloud and big data environments.”

Red Hat sees OpenStack as cool

DoctorWhoFezLinux distributor Red Hat is becoming all moist about OpenStack which it thinks will have as much impact as Linux did on the networking environment.

The company has produced a fully-supported OpenStack distribution so its customers can deliver open-source infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) clouds.

The announcement means that its OpenStack distribution graduates from a “community release” to a fully supported offering.

According to the company Red Hat wants to position OpenStack as a future cloud platform and is building it into a whole set of announcements and programmes.

Karl Stevens, public cloud solutions architect at Red Hat said that OpenStack was going to be the next Linux.

The announcement seems a little premature. OpenStack isn’t yet fully integrated with Cloudforms. If it manages this then it should help those enterprises who already have virtualised servers, to move on to a full IaaS cloud.

Red Hat has come up with a new partner network with the catchy title “Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner Network.” This network is intended to provide an ecosystem around the new stack.