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May 2, 2017

Red Hat & AWS form alliance to accelerate enterprise container adoption

The two companies want to make it easier to use containers across hybrid cloud environments.

By James Nunns

Red Hat and Amazon Web Services have announced an extended strategic partnership that will see native integrated access to AWS services appear in the Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.

What this means is that Red Hat customers will have direct access to AWS services through the open source company’s platform, which should allow customers to access all the features they want across public and private cloud models.

This isn’t the start of the work between the two companies, as they have been working together since 2008 to make it easier to run Red Hat Enterprise Linux on AWS, but it is a sign of customer demand forcing tighter integration.

The move is said to have come about after increasing demand from customers for deploying applications inside containers, and specifically, being able to deploy Red Hat OpenShift based containers on AWS.

AWS and Red Hat customers will now be able to build and extend container based enterprise applications with the container platform using AWS services in the areas of compute, databases, analytics, machine learning, networking and mobile.

Jim Whitehurst, president and CEO, Red Hat, said: “Container adoption is taking off in the enterprise, and this alliance is designed to accelerate that by giving customers access to AWS services directly within Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.

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“By bringing together the incredible pace of innovation and breadth of functionality that AWS provides with the industry’s most comprehensive enterprise-grade container platform, we’re enabling customers to bring the combined advantages of these offerings across their hybrid environments with the backing of our joint support.”

Read more: Red Hat brings legacy apps back to the future with Kubernetes

In addition to this move, the two companies are also going to work more closely in order to make it easier to use AWS services with Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The two are aligning on development and release dates so that innovations from AWS can come more quickly to those that have built workloads on Red Hat Enetprise Linux on AWS .

Andy Jassy, CEO, AWS , said: “Given that Red Hat is the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, our enterprise customers have been passionate about seamlessly running Red Hat Enterprise Linux and various other Red Hat solutions on AWS.”

General availability is expected for Autumn this year, with some services such as Red Hat JBoss Middleware on OpenShift available today for AWS today via Red Hat Cloud Access.

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