On March 23, 2011, Michael Ferris of Red Hat spoke at an afternoon session about the company’s role in the virtual market as well as where he sees the cloud going in the next few years. While the company sits firmly in the sphere of middleware and Linux, Ferris believes that Red Hat has a great deal to offer clients in the cloud space, and that the cloud is the solution to some of the most important business issues on the market today, including the ever-shrinking values of IT budgets.
Ferris and Red Hat look at the cloud creation process as a three-step venture that starts with a company who has physical servers. When the time and the price are right, the will often make the jump to virtual servers, which is where companies like Red Hat enter the mix. Next, a private cloud is created from these virtual servers and finally a public cloud capacity is added to give maximum functionality. Red Hat’s plan is to keep the physical to virtual and virtual to cloud transitions as similar as possible to one another so that companies do not need to suddenly learn all new ways of doing things or change the way in which they implement their IT strategy.
Ferris and Red Hat are firmly in the camp that the cloud is the direction the market is going and have developed tools such as their proprietary Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization hypervisor that is intended to give broad control over the workings of a company’s storage and server needs. While the cloud isn’t pouring down yet, Ferris sees the storm as coming and Red Hat as the ones to provide the umbrella protection needed.