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Linux and open hybrid cloud go hand-in-hand - the power, flexibility and scale of hybrid cloud is made possible by the foundation of the Linux operating system. The world’s leading enterprise Linux platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), already delivers this foundation across nearly every public cloud, server architecture and virtualized environment, but customer needs aren’t static. As new options for hybrid cloud computing emerge, we work to extend RHEL to meet these deployments, highlighted by support today for RHEL on AWS Outposts.

While many organizations are able to reach outside of the confines of their datacenter to explore public and hybrid cloud options, some cannot due to unique security or compliance needs. Outposts bring the scale and power of Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud to corporate datacenters in an appliance managed by AWS experts. Now, the organizations using Outposts can turn to RHEL to provide greater consistency across their IT estate, from traditional bare-metal servers, virtualized environments, private cloud infrastructure and their gateway to public cloud resources.

RHEL provides the capabilities of an intelligent operating system, scaling and evolving to meet the dynamic needs of modern IT. Beyond consistency of operations, RHEL forms a common plane for migrating applications across the hybrid cloud. It also helps to improve management visibility into IT operations wherever RHEL runs, using the same tools and processes across the hybrid cloud. The platform does all of this without sacrificing security features, helping IT teams maintain a more secure supply chain across all of their environments, from application development to deployment and maintenance.

For AWS Outposts customers, enhanced platform security is a key need. Many of these organizations handle highly-sensitive workloads or data, and RHEL provides additional layers of security on top of the more secure architecture delivered by Outposts. With this security comes the freedom to move workloads across RHEL environments with minimal-to-no need for application changes; RHEL is RHEL, whether it’s running on AWS Outposts, in the public cloud or in your server room.

Our goal with RHEL is to deliver an operating system that spans the open hybrid cloud, regardless of the path that an organization takes or the tools that they choose to use. With this new support for AWS Outposts, we have continued to drive customer choice in how they build hybrid cloud deployments with a single common platform in RHEL.

About the author

Stefanie Chiras is Senior Vice President of Partner Ecosystem Success at Red Hat, leading Red Hat’s global partner ecosystem engagement, and plays a critical role in increasing the understanding of the value of Red Hat's product portfolio within the ecosystem, defining the strategy for partnering with Red Hat for customer success. 

Prior to joining Red Hat in 2018, Chiras served as Vice President of Offering Management at IBM Cognitive Systems. As part of the Cognitive Systems brand team, she led worldwide business for the systems and software portfolios, AIX, IBM i, Linux, and the cloud stack. She has extensive experience in both business and technology, including technical roles that range from silicon technology to system architecture.

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