Hybrid cloud with Red Hat Enterprise Linux

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Public cloud infrastructure provides many advantages — flexible pricing, access to the latest hardware advancements, and the ability to run workloads without having to own and build the infrastructure from scratch. As the most deployed commercial Linux® distribution in the public cloud, Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® is certified for use with all major cloud providers and cloud marketplaces, including Microsoft Azure, AWS, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, and Alibaba Cloud, as well as on hundreds of other public cloud and service providers, and thousands of other types of software and hardware.

Red Hat works together with cloud providers to deliver optimal Red Hat Enterprise Linux user experiences, offering multiple options to match how you purchase and manage software in the cloud. You can bring your own subscription, pay as you go, utilize cloud provider committed spend, and you can even work directly with Red Hat to build a custom plan tailored to your specific needs.

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The need to maintain hybrid environments increases overall IT complexity, and introduces unique challenges when migrating existing applications to the cloud, including: 

Difficulty managing subscriptions. Moving to the cloud adds complexity in procuring, tracking, accounting and overall infrastructure management.

Inconsistent deployment environments. New environments add migration obstacles and increase overall deployment complexity.

Friction in the developer experience. Developers need quick and easy access to reliable operating system (OS) images as well as the toolchains, libraries, container tools and runtimes they’re familiar with in order to begin working quickly.


Red Hat Enterprise Linux is engineered to provide the common foundation needed to reduce overall IT complexity and support the migration of applications to different cloud environments, supporting:

Simple and frictionless management with tooling that includes best practices and expert guidance. 

Consistent deployment across hybrid cloud so that IT teams don’t have to build additional skills for different environments.

Seamless integration into the development lifecycle so that any member of the development team can access what they need quickly—facilitating a simple path to production without innovation lock-in.

Features and benefits

Develop for the cloud

Red Hat Enterprise Linux delivers easy access to reliable OS images in the cloud as well as the toolchains, libraries, container tools, and runtimes needed to streamline the path from development to production. Updates are delivered via application streams, enabling developers and IT architects to experiment with the latest tools, runtime languages, and databases while still maintaining earlier versions of production applications, developed on the same platform where they’ll be tested and deployed. 

Red Hat’s collaboration with major cloud providers like AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), means customers can support future-focused deployments on the solid foundation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux container tools

Red Hat Enterprise Linux helps teams work together to adopt the latest container technologies to support cloud migration and application development. Delivering integrated container tools such as Podman, Buildah, and Skopeo, and more secure base images, Red Hat Enterprise Linux is a consistent yet flexible host to power container adoption anywhere you choose to deploy. Certified language runtime containers support more use cases to meet evolving development needs.

Visibility across your environment

Standardizing on Red Hat Enterprise Linux across your IT infrastructure improves security, eases operational burdens, and reduces costs. Red Hat Enterprise Linux provides streamlined OS management with automated, repeatable workflows, intuitive web-based administration, and consistent OS administration across infrastructure types.

Image builder for Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Image builder is a set of command line interface (CLI) plugins that help you configure and create custom images and deploy them in the cloud. Push-to-cloud capabilities enable you to "push" custom images directly to your cloud provider inventory. This solves provisioning and migration challenges common to disconnected environments and makes it easier for operations teams to meet the scale of their fleets using cloud-native infrastructure.

Red Hat Insights for Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Red Hat Insights for Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscriptions provides a single view of where subscriptions are deployed across hybrid cloud environments, providing administrators and procurement reporting of usage against capacity. Insights also provides visibility into hypervisor topology to identify what guests are running and where.

Award-winning features

Red Hat Enterprise Linux was awarded TrustRadius’ Best Feature Set designation after its features received high ratings from respondents. TrustRadius’ annual Best Of Awards recognizes technology vendors that exhibit exceptional strengths across feature sets, customer relationships and value. Learn more, or leave a review if you’re a Red Hat customer.

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