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Red Hat brief

Our history

More than two decades ago, Red Hat had a vision for developing better enterprise software. By collaborating with IT leaders, open source advocates, developers, and partners, we created the foundation for our technological future: Red Hat® Enterprise Linux®. But that was just the beginning.

Today, Red Hat is at the forefront of open source software development, with a broad portfolio of products and services for enterprise markets. Chief information officers and IT departments around the world rely on us to deliver solutions that meet their business needs.

Our passion for open source software helped expose and expand a movement that now leads the way in application technology development, performance, and security. Red Hat uses these advantages to provide technologies and services to more than 90% of Fortune 500 companies.

Bringing open source to the enterprise

Although open source communities excel at innovating rapidly, collaborating, and addressing common IT problems, individual businesses have unique needs that communities cannot address.  

Red Hat has been helping organizations for more than 25 years, offering ultimately offering the innovation of community software with the stability of an enterprise life cycle and technical support. We believe in transparency, openness, and neutrality—and this focus helps us build and maintain crucial relationships with hundreds of open source software communities.

Products and services

In addition to award-winning support, consulting, and training, Red Hat offers a broad portfolio of products and services that help customers with:

IT optimization. IT organizations need to innovate and act on new insights to keep up with the competition. To accomplish this goal, they often need to embrace new technologies and approaches. However, as organizations modernize, they also must continue to support existing systems and processes that run and protect active operations.

Integration of software, services, application programming interfaces (APIs), data, and devices.  Digital information is stored in disparate locations, but it needs to be accessed by applications, processes, and people. Integration is what lets organizations interact with customers, other businesses, employees, applications, processes, and databases. Simplifying the connections between those entities makes capabilities reusable and increases efficiency.

Creation of hybrid cloud infrastructure. To compete and grow, businesses and developers need alwayson, security-focused, scalable, and dynamic infrastructure. Hybrid cloud infrastructure, available on demand with automated resource scaling and life-cycle management, helps organizations quickly deliver modern services across any environment.

Cloud-native development. Modern applications can run across complex hybrid cloud environments without modification. This capability helps organizations move faster and get the most from innovative new technologies and practices like containers, microservices, and DevOps.

IT automation Analysis and orchestration of applications and systems across cloud and bare-metal deployments let organizations better control environments, find and fix flaws quickly, and automate manual or repetitive tasks. As a result, IT departments have more time and resources available to focus on ways to innovate and grow business.

Doing business with Red Hat

Our open source development model generates innovative products, and our business model  provides simple and effective ways for IT departments to deploy them. At Red Hat, open is about more than code. It’s about expanding the idea of community to include customers, partners, and competitors—and working with and among them to create useful standardization and feature-rich solutions.

Our comprehensive ecosystem includes:

  • Partners that certify hardware and software compatibility.
  • System integrators and service providers that offer technology integration and local  industry expertise.
  • Global alliance partners that collaborate with us to ensure our solutions work together, at scale, for long-term production deployments.
  • Distributors and resellers that offer Red Hat products across industries.

Red Hat products are offered as annual subscriptions, giving customers a simple way to manage and budget purchases. Customers can deploy complete, fully supported configurations selected from thousands of applications and hardware platforms.

Our customers

Red Hat’s success is because of our dedicated community of contributors, partners, and customers. We work together to turn good ideas into great ideas. The world’s most innovative companies rely on Red Hat. Read their stories at