On Dec. 12 at the Dell World conference in Austin, Texas, Dell and Red Hat announced a partnership to build a scalable, open private cloud platform based on OpenStack.

The cloud platform will be built on Dell’s own infrastructure as well as the Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, which is a combination of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and the Open Stack cloud infrastructure.

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“Dell and Red Hat are committed to jointly developing and delivering enterprise-grade OpenStack offerings to help customers pursue private cloud today, and advanced computing models in the future,” Paul Cormier, president of products and technologies for Red Hat, said in a statement.

Dell and Red Hat plan a scalable OpenStack cloud platform.

Dell has been committed to open enterprise computing rather than proprietary platforms, according to Marius Haas, the company’s chief commercial officer and president for enterprise solutions. 

“Our agreement to co-engineer OpenStack solutions with Red Hat takes our commitment a step further in helping customers obtain and deploy OpenStack solutions for an enterprise-grade, private cloud infrastructure to meet their evolving business needs,” Haas said. “We will extend our work with Red Hat to apply our combined experience in commercializing open source for the benefit of our mutual customers as well as the open-source community on its development of networking, storage and compute capabilities."

In addition, Dell and Red Hat will collaboration on Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 4, which is in beta.

The Dell-Red Hat cloud platform will be available in 2014.

On Dec. 11, Hewlett-Packard also announced a cloud platform, called CloudSystem, based on OpenStack.

In addition to its announcement with Red Hat, Dell also announced agreements with cloud storage company Dropbox to offer its Dropbox for Business to its sales force and combine it with Dell Data Protection Cloud, which encrypts data moving in and out of public clouds.

Dell’s developments in the cloud follow its announcement to go private. Although Dell is still a force in the PC-making business, the company has said it will focus on services in the years ahead.

On Dec. 12 Dell also announced an alliance with Microsoft to deliver Windows Azure through the Dell Cloud Partner Program.

“The evolution of our Windows Azure alliance combined with Dell’s end-to-end solutions, services and support will help Dell customers globally truly reap the benefits of cloud to achieve tangible business results,” Nnamdi Orakwue, vice president for Dell software strategy, operations and cloud, said in a statement.