Meet business goals with Red Hat Enterprise Linux and AWS

Deploy a Linux operating system that supports your business goals across clouds 

Across industries, organizations are moving to the cloud to achieve digital business goals. In fact, enterprise organizations run 50% of their workloads and store 48% of their data in a public cloud today.1 

Your choice of operating system and cloud provider are strategic decisions. Your operating system forms the foundation for your entire environment—security, management, portability, and life cycle planning start with the operating system. And your ability to scale flexibly, maintain availability, and deliver resilient services is greatly influenced by your cloud provider.

Standardizing on a single operating foundation across your datacenter and cloud environments can greatly simplify your path to the cloud. Rather than splitting operations and management into multiple domains, your teams can use a single set of tools and platforms to deploy, run, secure, and move applications and workloads across multiple footprints.

Even so, not all combinations of operating system and cloud provider offer the features, capabilities, and resources needed to operate effectively and efficiently in hybrid cloud environments. Consistency, security, manageability, interoperability, and support across your entire environment are critical for making the most of your cloud investments.

Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® on Amazon Web Services (AWS) delivers more value for your organization, providing a flexible, stable, and reliable foundation for innovation. The cloud-ready, security-focused operating system provides a consistent, tailored experience across footprints, while modern cloud infrastructure gives you always-on capacity, integrated security, and flexible services. Standardizing on Red Hat Enterprise Linux for both on-site datacenter and AWS environments can help you improve productivity, security, and operations as you move to the cloud and adapt to a more digital world.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux on AWS gives you access to:

  • Global, security-focused cloud infrastructure and services.
  • Flexible consumption models and purchasing options.
  • Award-winning support and expertise.
  • Proactive analytics and management tools and services.
  • Security certifications, tools, and resources.
  • Developer-friendly tools and programs.
  • Optimized offerings for Microsoft SQL Server and SAP deployments.

The business value of Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Compared to unpaid alternatives, Red Hat Enterprise Linux helps your teams get more done, faster, no matter where they work:2

  • 32% more efficient IT infrastructure teams
  • 65% faster identification of security risks
  • 35% faster development life cycles
  • 81% less unplanned downtime
  • 16% lower 3-year cost of operations
  • $9.23 million average higher net revenue per year per organization

Choose how you want to purchase, consume, and deploy Red Hat Enterprise Linux 

Red Hat solutions are designed for hybrid cloud environments—you can deploy Red Hat Enterprise Linux wherever it makes the most sense. Red Hat and AWS offer multiple purchasing options to fit your organization’s procurement processes:

  • Purchase subscriptions from Red Hat and use them on-site or on AWS via Red Hat Cloud Access.
  • Obtain Red Hat Enterprise Linux instances from the AWS Marketplace.
  • Use your AWS Enterprise Discount Program (EDP) funds and discounts for Red Hat Enterprise Linux instances on AWS.
  • Use the Red Hat Hybrid Committed Spend program for discounted pricing and flexible payment options on site and on AWS.

Read the brief to learn more about these options.

Get award-winning support from Red Hat experts

Regardless of how you purchase Red Hat Enterprise Linux, you are backed by Red Hat’s award-winning support organization in coordination with AWS support teams. Red Hat works with AWS to provide expertise, knowledge, and joint support models to ensure you can successfully accomplish your goals with Red Hat solutions. You receive the same high-value experience whether you obtain Red Hat Enterprise Linux directly from Red Hat or through AWS.

You can choose from several levels of support to meet the needs of different teams—and your budget. For example, you may choose self-support for development systems and premium 24x7 support for production systems. Red Hat support teams work closely with Red Hat engineering and product teams, along with AWS, to solve issues quickly and with less hassle for you. Specialty-based routing ensures support calls and tickets go directly to the right experts. Red Hat also takes learnings from support cases and compiles them into helpful documentation on the Red Hat Customer Portal. Via the Red Hat Customer Portal, you can access reference architectures, best practices, product documentation, videos, collaborative discussion, labs, and tools.

Take advantage of our collaborative partnership

Red Hat and AWS work together to deliver innovative joint offerings and ensure Red Hat products run well in the cloud.

Learn more about our collaborative partnership.

Streamline operations and management with predictive analytics from Red Hat Insights

Standardizing on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and AWS lets you use the same set of management tools to administer your datacenter and cloud environments, saving time and effort. A unique suite of hosted services that helps you manage and optimize your hybrid cloud environment, Red Hat Insights is included with Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Insights uses predictive analytics and deep domain expertise to streamline operational tasks.

With a focus on operations, security, and business outcomes, it proactively alerts administrators and stakeholders before an outage, security event, or overspending occurs. Insights works across on-site and cloud environments, so you can manage everything from a single interface. To further simplify operations, you can even link your Red Hat account to your AWS account and choose to automatically connect your cloud-based systems and workloads to Insights and other Red Hat services upon provisioning.

Red Hat Insights offers key capabilities for hybrid cloud environments:

  • Subscriptions service. Track and optimize your Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscription use across your entire environment.
  • Resource optimization service. Right-size your AWS deployments using central processing unit (CPU), memory, and input/output (I/O) performance metrics that tell you whether your systems are optimized, undersized, oversized, under pressure, or idling.
  • Image builder service. Create, manage, and deploy Red Hat Enterprise Linux images consistently and rapidly across your datacenter and AWS environments. You can take advantage of certified golden images, included with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, to speed deployment.
  • Vulnerability service. Scan your systems for Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs) and access prioritized remediation guidance that is tested with AWS.
  • Compliance and policies services. Set policies and track adherence to compliance requirements across systems regardless of where they run.
  • Malware service. Detect malware in your systems regardless of where they are deployed.
  • Advisor service. Rapidly identify operational risks and issues identified by AWS across large-scale environments and access prioritized, tested remediation guidance.
  • Drift service. Identify configuration drift that can lead to performance, availability, security, and compliance issues.
  • Patch service. Manage patching across all Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems in your environment.

Read the brief to learn more about using Red Hat Insights in your AWS environment.

Activate Red Hat Insights to gain benefits today

Realize the benefits of Red Hat Insights now. Go to and register your systems to get started with these no-cost services today.

Save time and effort with Red Hat Insights

Red Hat Insights helps you reduce the time spent on common management tasks:3

  • 91% less time to detect security vulnerabilities
  • 69% less time to detect policy violations
  • 96% less time to detect known operational risks 
  • 89% less time to detect configuration drift
  • 88% less time to track system patch status

Maintain security and compliance in the cloud

Red Hat Enterprise Linux on AWS delivers integrated, automated security capabilities throughout your infrastructure and software stack. Built-in operating system security features like live kernel patching, security profiles, security standards certification, and a trusted software supply chain help you meet today’s high security and compliance expectations. A modular package structure reduces your attack surface and protects your systems in the cloud. Best practice-based default settings configure your systems for increased security in the cloud from the start. And an included identity management tool lets you adopt zero trust architectures more easily.

Red Hat and AWS validate all Red Hat Enterprise Linux security profiles to ensure they run as expected on AWS infrastructure. AWS also includes advanced security features and a large number of compliance certifications and accreditations. AWS policies, architecture, and operational processes are built to the stringent requirements of security-sensitive organizations.

The Red Hat Product Security team monitors, identifies, and addresses risks quickly and provides tools and data to help measure security. Red Hat and AWS also provide security advisories for current issues and can work with you to resolve security problems when needed. Automated tools, regular updates and patch releases, and accessible expertise safeguard your environment. The Red Hat Insights compliance service helps you track your organization’s adherence to compliance requirements across your environments and provides remediation guidance to help you maintain compliance over time.

Protect your environment

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux complies with a large number of security standards, including:
  • Common Criteria (CC).
  • Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 and 140-3.
  • Secure Technical Implementation Guidelines (STIG).

Support your developers no matter where they work

Adopting a common platform—like Red Hat Enterprise Linux—for development, test, and production environments streamlines time to launch for new applications and reduces the risk of incompatibilities and issues at launch. Red Hat Enterprise Linux delivers easy access to reliable operating system images in the cloud in addition to the toolchains, libraries, container tools, and runtimes needed to streamline the path from development to production. Updates are delivered via application streams, allowing developers and IT architects to experiment with the latest tools, runtime languages, and databases while still maintaining earlier versions of production applications.

Red Hat also offers developer-specific resources, programs, and subscriptions to help organizations develop on Red Hat Enterprise Linux more easily and cost-effectively:

These programs can be used both in your datacenter and in your AWS environment.

Gain more value today with Red Hat on AWS

Standardizing on a flexible, stable, and reliable operating system across hybrid cloud environments can simplify your journey to the cloud. Running Red Hat Enterprise Linux on AWS gives you a consistent, manageable, and security-focused foundation for deriving the most value from your cloud investments.

Learn more about the value of Red Hat Enterprise Linux on AWS.

  1. Flexera. “Flexera 2023 State of the Cloud Report,” March 2023.

  2. IDC White Paper, sponsored by Red Hat. “The Business Value of Red Hat Solutions Compared to Unpaid Alternatives,” April 2021. Document #US47607721.

  3. Principled Technologies, sponsored by Red Hat. “Save administrator time and effort by activating Red Hat Insights to automate monitoring,” September 2020.

Access tools and resources to build your skills

  • The Red Hat Developer program provides tools, technologies, and a community of builders to help you solve problems, connect with colleagues, stay current, and lead your projects forward. 
  • Red Hat Developer Subscription for Teams  is available at no cost to organizations already running Red Hat technologies and  includes access to Red Hat Developer e-books, cheatsheets, and other useful content.
  • Red Hat Learning Subscription helps your teams fill skills gaps and get the most from your Red Hat products with unlimited access to training content, labs, and videos.