Red Hat announced recently its plans to partner with Google. This partnership will enable Red Hat users to move Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscriptions to Google Compute Engine whilst using their current Red Hat Cloud Access. This is however subject to user eligibility.
Google was awarded with the Red Hat Certified Cloud Provider program last November and very quickly released their Compute Engine Platform. This strategic move was another significant step into Infrastructure-as-a-Service, thereby putting them in direct competition with Amazon Web Services
Christopher Rimer, the Global Head of Partners for Google Cloud Platform said, “Today’s enterprise users demand performance, scale, flexibility, and security in order to run their applications. Now with Cloud Access, customers have the flexibility of bringing their existing Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscriptions to Google’s infrastructure. By working with Red Hat, we are able to offer customers a powerful and consistent open source experience with Google Cloud Platform and Compute Engine.”
Earlier today, TechCrunch reported that the deal was viewed by Google as an endorsement for their platform. Martin Buhr, Product Manager for Cloud App Hosting at Google was quoted as saying, “Red Hat’s announcement is a great vote of confidence for Google Cloud Platform as an enterprise grade place for customers to develop and deploy their applications. Many customers have requested the ability to deploy RHEL on GCE, and we are excited to be only the second cloud provider included in this program.”
Michael Ferris, the Director of Business Architecture at Red Hat, feels that the partnership is a way to enable Red Hat’s enterprise user base to seamlessly increase their use public cloud services. He said, “Technology innovations in compute, networking, storage, and management have enabled massive, enterprise-quality cloud environments such as Google Compute Engine…We are now solving the business and operational needs of customers through capabilities such as permitting customers to import images already hardened and approved by their IT group, consistently manage images and instances on- and off-premise, and provide service and support both on- and off-premise without any disruption to process or quality.”
Red Hat are an open source solution provider that works in collaboration with a network of developers, IT leaders, and open source advocates. The Red Hat Certified Cloud Provider Program was launched in 2009 and titles companies as Red Hat partners only after having passed a meticulous screening process.