Solving for the Cloud: Private Cloud as Enterprise Innovation Hub

Is your organization considering a move or expansion to private cloud? Is hybrid cloud a key part of your strategy?

If so, you’ll want to check out our “Solving for the Cloud” Private Cloud edition video series, sponsored by Rackspace, Red Hat, Intel and Dell EMC, moderated by Forrester Research principal analyst Lauren Nelson.

Nelson, who has been tracking the private cloud market for the past five years for Forrester, sat down with Radhesh Balakrishnan, general manager for OpenStack at Red Hat, and myself, general manager of the OpenStack Private Cloud business at Rackspace, to talk about the state of the private cloud market, and the trends we’re seeing.

What we’re seeing is that private cloud is now more than just a place to put persistent workloads. It’s becoming an innovation hub, for companies looking to build cloud native apps on agile infrastructure. As you’ll learn from the videos below, we’re seeing that it’s not just about cost reduction, but about agility, flexibility and speed.

Rackspace and Red Hat are collaborating to bring customers Rackspace Private Cloud powered by Red Hat, which delivers OpenStack private clouds as-a-service using Red Hat OpenStack Platform. The offering expands the Rackspace OpenStack-as-a-Service product portfolio, further extending our strategy to deliver the most reliable and easy-to-use OpenStack private and hybrid clouds in the world.

The videos are broken down into five bite-sized (each one runs from 6 to 15 minutes) topics:

Chapter One: Cloud Migrations — the increasing popularity of a hybrid cloud strategy, why companies aren’t just moving to public clouds, the costs and benefits of migration, where workloads run most effectively.

Chapter Two: the State of Private Cloud — the trend is moving from companies migrating existing workloads to developing new applications for mobile, web and IoT; why private cloud is becoming an innovation hub.

Chapter Three: Private Cloud Can be Hard — Companies transforming traditional IT to private cloud — defined as self service access, automated provisioning and the ability to track and monitor those resources — are having difficulties with that transition. Why?

Chapter Four: OpenStack —OpenStack is now the platform for the majority of private clouds today. How has this open source platform matured to become the standard-bearer? Why is OpenStack as a managed service gaining ground?

Chapter Five: OpenStack Predictions — Where is it going? Growth and adoption by enterprises, adoption of other open Source technologies on top of OpenStack, the growing role of containers.

If your organization is seeking to get out of the datacenter and transform your IT — if you’re seeking innovation, agility, and speed to market, I hope you’ll take the time to watch our conversation. I found it valuable, and I hope you will too.

OpenStack powers more than half of Fortune 100 data centers around the globe — with the total number of OpenStack deployments expected to grow tenfold by 2019. With its wide range of services, open APIs and active user community, it’s an ideal choice for businesses that want scalability and interoperability, without the risk of vendor lock-in.

Download our most recent white paper, “OpenStack in the Enterprise” to learn more about global OpenStack adoption trends, how enterprises are deploying OpenStack and the reasons behind each method. The paper also explores vertical-specific workloads, including how the financial services, retail and healthcare industries are using OpenStack private clouds to address their security and compliance requirements.

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