In addition to the OpenStack release, the company has led two other cloud projects. One is Red Hat CloudForms, which provides the ability to manage virtualized workloads across different cloud services. The other, Red Hat OpenShift, provides a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) for developers who wish to run their applications directly on a hosted infrastructure.
OpenStack has been criticized for not yet being sufficiently developed for enterprise use. Red Hat, of course, disputes this idea. "There has been so much that has already happened with Fulsom release," Stevens said.
Red Hat will not be the sole provider of enterprise grade Open Stack software. Piston Computing currently offers a distribution. And Nebula, started by OpenStack cofounder Chris Kemp, plans to offer its own commercial products based on OpenStack within the next few months.