Red Hat: New cloud strategy
Red Hat has outlined its future cloud strategy. After introducing it last June, the company now plans to extend its Cloud Foundations with new management tools to simplify the implementation and management of cloud infrastructures. Red Hat will base its efforts on the Deltacloud project, which was launched a year ago to develop a standard API for addressing different cloud architectures and has been maintained under the auspices of the Apache Foundation since earlier this summer. Red Hat has proposed the Deltacloud API to the Distributed Management Task Force as a standard cloud API.
An application builder tool is designed to help developers create, configure and update cloud applications. The applications developed with this tool are managed as software appliances and can be run on physical servers, as virtual machines in corporate data processing centres, or in the cloud, without any modifications.
The appliances are to be based on a new Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS): a standardised JBoss environment for custom developments which can run as a virtual machine in public and private clouds based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, Amazon EC-2 or Windows Hyper-V. The applications that can be run on the appliances can be developed using various frameworks including Java EE, Spring, Struts and GWT.