Success story

Red Hat and Dell

For years, Red Hat and Dell have worked together to provide proven, integrated, enterprise solutions. Now these two industry leaders—valued partners for more than a decade—are collaborating to bring new private cloud solutions based on OpenStack® to enterprise customers. The result is a next-generation cloud platform with an enterprise-grade software life cycle that has greater stability, predictability, and rigor with OpenStack updates.

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Boston, MA

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Create open, flexible solutions across all deployment models—physical, virtual, and cloud.


  • Dell PowerEdge Servers
  • Storage and networking

The partnership that Red Hat and Dell have together enables our enterprise customers to build an OpenStack cloud. It also empowers them to capture value from the cloud by solving real business problems as quickly as possible.

Joseph B. George, director of marketing for Cloud and Big Data Solutions, Dell

Red Hat and Dell: Open standards bring unlimited possibilities

In recent years, a growing number of businesses have consolidated servers to increase the utilization and agility of their resources. At the same time—and for many of the same reasons—companies have moved away from proprietary solutions, opting instead for open standards and open source technologies. This enables them to take a multi-vendor approach to data center optimization, relying on each vendor's complementary strengths to minimize costs, maximize efficiency, and avoid proprietary lock-in.

A powerful combination since 1999

In 1999, Dell became the first original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to deliver factory-installed Linux workstations and Dell PowerEdge servers running Red Hat® software. Since then, Red Hat Enterprise Linux® has become the world's most deployed Linux platform. Now Red Hat and Dell are joining forces once again to enable cloud capabilities for the enterprise with OpenStack.

"Cloud innovation is happening first in open source, and what we're seeing from global customers is growing demand for open hybrid cloud solutions that meet a wide variety of requirements," says Paul Cormier, president of Products and Technologies at Red Hat. "Whether it is enterprise-grade private cloud solutions, or DevOps solutions to build applications for both public and private clouds, through our expanded work with Dell, we're focused on delivering the flexible solutions that meet these varied needs."

Learn more about Dell Red Hat Cloud Solutions powered by Red Hat Enterprise Linux Platform. Learn more about Red Hat Embedded and Dell OEM Solutions.

A joint commitment to cost-effective innovation

Red Hat and Dell jointly offer an extensive product portfolio, backed by a comprehensive services offering, to help companies bring solutions to market faster. Together, these two industry leaders deliver cost-effective technologies that combine the innovations of OpenStack, management capabilities of Red Hat Satellite, Red Hat's Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering OpenShift, and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization--with the tremendous power and scalability of Dell PowerEdge servers.

A world-class partnership for a more extensible cloud

Unlike proprietary virtualization solutions that restrict organizations to a predetermined cloud stack, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization offers a fully extensible solution for high-performance Linux and Windows workloads. All that comes at a fraction of the cost. Red Hat's Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) hypervisor is integrated into Red Hat Enterprise Linux on the OpenStack platform. That simplifies hypervisor development while enabling faster virtualization benchmarks and consolidation ratios.

Red Hat and Dell have now co-engineered OpenStack-based cloud solutions to address enterprise customer demand for more flexible, elastic, and dynamic IT services. These new solutions support and host applications including mobile, social, analytics, and dev/test environments.

Red Hat and Dell optimize their products to provide the best possible performance for compatibility and stability. The companies collaborate to develop Dell-specific enhancements in Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization software, leading the way to a high-performance, low-cost virtual environment.

Case study: Electronic payment service provider improves application performance by up to 25%

Euronet Worldwide is a global provider of electronic payment and transaction processing solutions that migrated from proprietary Microsoft solutions to avoid complicated licensing policies. The company deployed Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization on Dell PowerEdge servers to achieve a dramatic 25% improvement in application performance.

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