Red Hat launches new cloud partner program

New, expanded program to provide better support to cloud ecosystem

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Red Hat launches new cloud partner program The new program extends support to distributors, managed service providers and others in the cloud ecosystem.
By  Mark Sutton Published  July 13, 2015

Red Hat has announced the launch of its new Certified Cloud and Service Provider program, which has been expanded to provide better support to distributors, managed service providers and other partners that are heavily involved in all aspects of hybrid cloud build-out.

The program replaces Red Hat's existing Certified Cloud Provider program.

As the model for cloud providers expands to include private cloud build-outs, Linux container-based infrastructure and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solutions, additional flexibility is needed to help these providers better meet customer needs for cloud-based Red Hat technologies, the company said.

The new program is intended to meet this need by broadening partner support and by expanding the choice of Red Hat solutions available to partners to include Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP HANA, OpenShift, Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, JBoss Middleware and Gluster Storage.

As Red Hat continues to focus on delivering open source innovation to enterprise IT, the Certified Cloud and Service Provider portfolio is anticipated to grow to encompass these new, enterprise-ready technologies. Additionally, customers are able to use Red Hat Cloud Access to deploy certain Red Hat product subscriptions on Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider cloud offerings in an integrated and seamless manner.

Red Hat's Certified Cloud and Service Provider designation is awarded to Red Hat partners following validation by Red Hat. Each provider must meet testing and certification requirements to demonstrate that they can deliver a safe, scalable, supported and consistent environment for enterprise cloud deployments. The globally-unified program provides customers, independent software vendors (ISVs), and partners with the confidence that Red Hat product experts have validated a given solution so that implementations can begin with a solid foundation.

Michael Ferris, senior director, Business Architecture, Red Hat commented: "Much like enterprise IT itself, the world of cloud computing is constantly evolving, especially with the growing promise of hybrid cloud approaches and Linux container-based architectures. The Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider program is designed to encompass nearly all service provider models, spanning the public cloud to on-site managed services, offering our customers a secure, stable and trusted partner ecosystem upon which to build their next-generation IT projects using Red Hat solutions."

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