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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. However, your organization may also need to maintain other environments like private clouds and on-premises infrastructure. You may also want the flexibility to deploy across multiple public clouds, rather than tying the future of your IT organization to a single public cloud provider.

This need to maintain hybrid environments increases overall IT complexity, and introduces unique challenges when migrating existing applications to the cloud. More specifically, many organizations find that their hybrid cloud challenges include:

  • Difficulty managing subscriptions, because moving to the cloud adds more complexity in procuring, tracking, accounting and overall infrastructure management.
  • Inconsistent deployment environments, because new environments add migration obstacles and increase overall deployment complexity.
  • Friction in the developer experience, because 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.

As the most deployed commercial Linux distribution in the public cloud, Red Hat Enterprise Linux is certified for use with all major cloud providers, 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.

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. More specifically, Red Hat Enterprise Linux supports:

  • Simple and frictionless management with tooling that also 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 get access to what they need quickly—facilitating a simple path to production without innovation lock-in.


For developers, Red Hat Enterprise Linux delivers quick and 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 in public, private, multi, and hybrid clouds.

Updates are delivered via application streams, which enable developers and IT architects to experiment with and qualify newly supported versions of the latest developer tools, runtime languages, and databases, while still having access to earlier versions to maintain production applications. 

When you develop on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, it means your applications are developed on the same platform where they’ll be tested and deployed.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux helps development and operations teams work together to adopt the latest container technologies to support cloud migration and application development. 

Delivering integrated container development tooling and more secure base images, Red Hat Enterprise Linux is the consistent yet flexible host you need to power container adoption anywhere you choose to deploy.

Certified language runtime containers meet developers where they are, supporting more use cases to meet evolving development needs.

Standardizing on Red Hat Enterprise Linux across your IT infrastructure improves security, eases operational burdens, and reduces costs.

Through built-in capabilities and integrated tools, Red Hat Enterprise Linux provides simpler management and visibility across your environment.

It gives you:

  • Streamlined operating system management with automated, repeatable workflows
  • Intuitive, robust, web-based administration that you can extend to meet your needs
  • Consistent operating system administration across infrastructure types

Image builder is a set of command line interface (CLI) plugins that help you configure and create custom system images and deploy them in the cloud. 

The image builder 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 subscriptions, formerly known as subscription watch, provides a single view of where subscriptions are deployed across hybrid cloud environments, providing administrators and procurement reporting of usage against capacity.

Subscriptions also provides visibility into hypervisor topology to identify what guests are running and where.

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