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Red Hat's OpenStack Platform Enhances Interoperability for NASA JPL

By CIOReview | Thursday, April 28, 2016

AUSTIN, TX: NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has contributed many crucial achievements in space exploration, from developing America’s first satellite to getting off a spacecraft to launching all four of the Mars rovers; also to every planet in the solar system. To further enhance the research activity, NASA’s JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) has built a private cloud-based service on OpenStack Platform of Red Hat.

Radhesh Balakrishnan, Red Hat's General Manager, OpenStack says, "This is a testament to the reliability, availability and scalability offered by a fully open cloud infrastructure built on Red Hat OpenStack Platform. We are proud of the partnership with Nasa JPL to meet their needs for an agile infrastructure to meet their projected growth, while helping to reduce the data centre footprint."

JPL engineers moved their cloud computing activities from on-premise to secure and efficient private cloud architecture to make it available to all the scientists and engineers. The deal saves significant time and resources spent on data centers by rebuilding and consolidating the internal hardware. In addition to OpenStack, Red Hat also leverages Linux technology to redesign the on-premise storage and server capacity so that many JPL mission scientists and engineers can operate the platform simultaneously.

Red Hat’s OpenStack platform is a highly scalable, production-ready Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution that has taken the form of an ideal solution for organizations. It is an Open platform for cloud offerings that is built on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and empowered by Red Hat’s support lifecycle. The platform enables researchers to dig down into their private cloud in order to use external cloud resources such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) at the time of maximal demand.