Red Hat deepens partnership with Google, SAP and Oracle

Red Hat announced that the Ansible Automation Platform will be available on the Google Cloud Marketplace to provide customers with a way to simplify self-deployment.

Open source solutions provider Red Hat has deepened its partnerships with some of the leading cloud computing providers, Google Cloud, SAP and Oracle, through a series of new integrations and announcements of expanded partnerships.

Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, as leaders in the cloud computing market, tend to get the lion’s share of integrations and partnerships. By focusing on some of the ancillary services, Red Hat encourages a more balanced, multi-vendor cloud ecosystem and gives organizations more opportunities to integrate with other platforms.

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“Our focus has always been on the open hybrid cloud to offer choice – to give people a platform that allows them to choose where and how they want to work and to give them the choice,” said Stefanie Chiras , President of Partner Ecosystem Success at Red Hat to CRN. “They make the decision on the platform, which opens up a world of choices around them. And that choice depends on us having an ecosystem that we trust, that we’ve worked with and that they care about.”

Red Hat announced that the Ansible Automation Platform will be available on the Google Cloud Marketplace to provide customers with a way to simplify self-deployment. The platform was previously only available on AWS and Azure.

Through Google Cloud, customers can access pre-integrated services such as Google Compute and Google Virtual Private Cloud. On the Red Hat side, customers can use the Ansible Certified Content Collection to automate enterprise-wide and share and manage content across all types of devices.

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“Customers have changed – it’s more than just choosing a provider,” said Chiras. “It’s about choosing a relationship that you want to move on with. And especially with the big hyperscalers, customers make a decision about who they want to have a relationship with. And committed spend programs are part of the way they create that relationship. And so this gives us an opportunity to be part of that experience.”

SAP has announced that it will migrate the SAP Cloud Services portfolio to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Foundation. It will now be the operating system of choice for Rise with SAP, combining SAP’s cloud services, business process intelligence and other services.

“We see partners like SAP taking customers with them on this journey and into Rise,” said Chiras. “They have an entire ecosystem to themselves. This partnership really deepens and tells them that they are choosing Red Hat. That will then influence how we can help SAP and their customers adopt Rise and leverage the value of Rise.”

Red Hat will work with SAP over the next few years to accelerate the adoption and standardization of RHEL.

Finally, Red Hat has also reached an agreement with Oracle to allow customers to standardize cloud operations on RHEL OS. Customers can use either provider to troubleshoot issues. Red Hat is working with Oracle to certify RHEL for Oracle’s bare metal servers.

“A significant number of customers rely on both Red Hat and OCI to run their operations and require more choices for distributed cloud deployments than ever before,” said Clay Magouyrk, Oracle executive vice president for Oracle Cloud. “As we continue to deepen our collaboration, we will support additional products and workloads on OCI to give customers more flexibility.”

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