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As organizations continue to move towards hybrid and multicloud, investing in cloud-ready software platforms has become a top priority to establish a more solid, flexible and adaptable foundation for growth in the cloud1. However, many organizations also face economic pressure to make the most of existing budgets while continuing to scale business and deliver results. 

Red Hat and Google Cloud have been collaborating for over 11 years to pave the way for customers migrating to the cloud. At the core of this relationship is Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform, which provides a cloud-ready, hardened operating system backbone to simplify and streamline operations across IT environments, from the datacenter to Google Cloud to the edge.

This week at Google Cloud Next, Red Hat is pleased to be recognized as a Google Cloud Technology Partner of the Year (Infrastructure - Compute). In honor of this award and our work together, let’s look at how Red Hat and Google Cloud are making it easier for customers to embrace hybrid cloud strategies. 

Extending enterprise workloads with RHEL on Google Cloud

RHEL partners with a robust ecosystem of certified software, hardware and cloud provider partners to further extend workload capabilities. By combining Google Cloud with Red Hat platforms backed by a certified partner ecosystem, organizations can more seamlessly build cloud-ready infrastructure that supports their business today and into the future.

For instance, SAP-certified Google Cloud instances using Red Hat Enterprise Linux and predefined templates help organizations deploy the underlying infrastructure for SAP applications and databases more easily. Furthermore, native integration with Google Cloud services like BigQuery enables customers to add new, cloud-based capabilities at any time.

The result of a solid, long-standing, and collaborative engineering relationship between Red Hat and SAP, Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP Solutions helps organizations run, simplify, and extend their SAP capabilities to become more intelligent enterprises. In fact, an IDC report commissioned by Red Hat found that organizations using Red Hat Solutions for SAP workloads report 99% less unplanned downtime, 61% more efficient IT infrastructure teams, and 24% more efficient IT security teams2. With Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP Solutions running on Google Cloud infrastructure and using BigQuery, organizations can experience 63% faster query completion and 77% faster analytics report delivery3.

Additionally, as CentOS Linux 7 approaches its end of life in June 2024, both Red Hat and Google Cloud are committed to helping limit IT and service disruptions for affected customers. We’re working with Google Cloud to deliver simplified and straightforward migration paths for organizations to shift CentOS Linux deployments to RHEL, and we plan to provide more details in the coming months.

Start with Linux, end at hybrid cloud

While Red Hat and Google’s alliance is built on the backbone of RHEL, the companies’ collaboration goes well beyond Linux. Red Hat OpenShift, the industry’s leading hybrid application platform powered by Kubernetes, is available on Google Cloud as bring-your-own-subscription (BYOS) or pay-as-you-go from Google Cloud Marketplace. Further extending application platform choice on Google Cloud is Red Hat OpenShift Dedicated, our managed service offering that helps to reduce operational complexity while increasing application velocity. OpenShift Dedicated is available and fully supported on Google Cloud, enabling customers to gain all the benefits of Red Hat OpenShift along with the services and scale of Google Cloud, all without infrastructure management. OpenShift Dedicated is available as bring-your-own-subscription (BYOS) today and expected to be available as pay-as-you-go from Google Cloud Marketplace later this year. 

To help initiate hybrid cloud journeys to Google Cloud, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform provides a variety of tools and Ansible playbooks tailored to migrate existing operations and workloads to the cloud. More than just the initial migration, however, Ansible Automation Platform also delivers Day 1 and Day 2 operational capabilities, extending value and control beyond the initial shift to hybrid cloud and Google Cloud.

Bringing RHEL, OpenShift and Ansible together on Google Cloud provides enterprises the flexibility to embrace hybrid cloud computing with Red Hat’s open technologies on a powerful public cloud at a pace that makes sense for their operations. With Google Cloud and Red Hat, you can start IT transformation with RHEL and plan to become a hybrid cloud-native enterprise.

To help build a solid hybrid cloud foundation, customers can now use Google Cloud committed use discounts (CUDs) to save up to 24% on Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscriptions, compared to on-demand pricing. This makes it easier for customers to unlock the full value of Red Hat’s open source portfolio on Google Cloud and establish clear growth plans to move to the cloud more affordably. 

Get started today

Find Red Hat at Google Cloud Next in Booth #1507 and check out the resources below to start using Red Hat Enterprise Linux on Google Cloud today: 

Red Hat is honored to be Technology Partner of the Year (Infrastructure - Compute) and is proud to work with Google Cloud to empower customers with Red Hat solutions on Google Cloud. Thank you to the Red Hat and Google teams for continuing to build a path to more reliable and security-optimized cloud experiences for customers worldwide.

“Google Cloud’s partner awards recognize the significant impact and customer success that our partners have driven over the past year," said Kevin Ichhpurani, Corporate Vice President, Global Ecosystem and Channels at Google Cloud. "We're delighted to recognize Red Hat as a 2023 Google Cloud Partner Award winner, and look forward to a continued strong partnership in support of our mutual customers."

1IDC InfoBrief, sponsored by Red Hat, Why enterprise linux is becoming more relevant for hybrid cloud, Doc #US50679023, June 2023.
2IDC Business Value White Paper, sponsored by Red Hat, Business value of Red Hat’s open source solutions for SAP, Doc #US48065121, August 2021.
3IDC Business Value Snapshot, sponsored by Google Cloud, The Value of BigQuery from Google Cloud for SAP Customers, Doc #US48076721, July 2021.

About the author

Blake currently leads the global cloud partner organization for Red Hat, with a mission to continue to drive Red Hat’s ambitious hybrid cloud strategy. Blake most recently served as Chief of Staff for the President and CEO of Red Hat. Prior to that, Blake led sales strategy and planning for the global Sales and Customer Success organization, assisting with the design and operationalization of Red Hat's global go-to-market transformation. 

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