At the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in San Francisco, the companies introduced an all-in-one software bundle designed for the Red Hat Enterprise Linux and HP BladeSystem environment. The offering is a result of Red Hat’s collaboration in the HP BladeSystem Solution Builder program, which is designed to develop solutions to simplify and accelerate the deployment of blade infrastructures for customers.

In addition, Red Hat Network products will be offered with a specially designed HP BladeSystem toolkit and the companies will also team up on clustering by making Red Hat Global File System (GFS) available with HP Serviceguard for Linux.

The Red Hat Enterprise Linux and management bundle for HP BladeSystem and the HP BladeSystem Integration Toolkit for Red Hat Network version 1.0 ease the deployment of multiple servers within an HP BladeSystem enclosure. Included in the bundle are multiple instances of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and provisioning module and Red Hat Network Proxy, which is available for the first time to HP customers.

“There has been tremendous growth in the demand for the lower-cost, more flexible scale-out architectures afforded by blade environments and Linux clusters,” said Tim Yeaton, senior vice president of global marketing at Red Hat. “Red Hat and HP are bringing to market solutions that will give customers the high levels of availability they need with outstanding value.”

HP is the first vendor to support a solution bundle with Red Hat Network to keep systems up-to-date with the latest security patches and updates. Red Hat Network allows quick provisioning of blade servers as workloads change with business needs – repurposing and provisioning a blade server can be done in minutes instead of hours.

“Customers use Linux today for the flexibility and control of open source. As a solution platform, customers are utilizing HP BladeSystem for its efficient, modular and integrated infrastructure,” said Rick Becker, vice president and general manager, BladeSystem, HP. “HP is proud to be the first to partner with Red Hat to offer a bundled Linux solution for blades – a winning combination of two technologies that deliver flexibility, performance and savings across the data center.”

The HP and Red Hat bundle, available to customers purchasing an HP BladeSystem infrastructure, also includes HP tools to simplify deployment of multiple server blades within a blade enclosure. The HP BladeSystem toolkit also includes automatic detection and configuration tools supporting HP ProLiant Integrated Lights Out remote management technology.

“As both a partner in the HP BladeSystem Solution Builder program and a long-time HP end user, we’ve come to rely on HP and its extensive network of partners, such as Red Hat, for innovative, flexible, high-performance technology solutions to meet our changing customer needs,” said Aditya Apparao, Vice President – Oracle Managed Services, at DataRoad. “We are confident these new integrated open-source bundles from HP and Red Hat will benefit customers looking for ease of management, greater performance and the cost benefits of Linux, and applaud the two companies for being the first in the industry to make this happen.”

Companies collaborate on comprehensive high-availability Linux solution.
Red Hat and HP also announced the collaboration to deliver a complete availability solution on Linux clusters with HP Serviceguard for Linux and Red Hat Global File System (GFS) for HP ProLiant servers. HP Serviceguard for Linux provides continuous access to applications and services while Red Hat GFS provides continuous and shared access to data through a single cluster-wide file system.

Together, HP Serviceguard for Linux and Red Hat GFS provide high availability for mission-critical applications with access to applications, services and data, and offer the ability to scale workloads easily and without creating manageability complexity. Following rigorous compatibility testing, Red Hat GFS and HP Serviceguard for Linux are supported together today, with support for the individual products provided by the respective vendor.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux and management bundle for HP BladeSystem is expected to be available in September 2005. HP will also release a bundled product of HP Serviceguard for Linux and Red Hat GFS which is expected to be available worldwide in the autumn.