Red Hat Unveils Certified Cloud and Service Provider Program
Red Hat (RHT) launched its global Certified Cloud and Service Provider program this week, which officially replaces the company’s existing Certified Cloud Provider Program.
The new program is designed to expand the company’s cloud ecosystem to provide support for additional distributors, managed service providers and partners selling hybrid cloud-centric services. Red Hat said the Certified Cloud and Service Provider program would allow cloud providers to grow their private cloud solutions with Linux-based infrastructure and platform as service solutions, according to the announcement.
“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,” said Michael Ferris, senior director of Business Architecture at Red Hat, in a statement. “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.”
The program will allow Red Hat to expand partner support and give resellers additional solutions for sale, including OpenShift by Red Hat, Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, and several other products. The company said it will continue to focus on delivering open source solutions to enterprise IT and to subsequently expand its Certified Cloud and Service Provider portfolio.
Customers will also be able to use Red Hat Cloud Access to deploy Red Hat product subscriptions on the company’s Certified Cloud and Service Provider cloud offerings. All providers are required to meet certain testing and certification requirements before being validated as partners in the program.
“The Certified Cloud and Service Provider program is an important next step for one of Red Hat’s key channels,” said Mark Enzweiler, senior vice president of Global Partners and Alliances at Red Hat. “Our partners want to develop their businesses based on enterprise-ready open source technologies, and this global program delivers new opportunities for recurring revenue to a diverse set of participating partners to expand their business with Red Hat.”