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For organizations using Amazon Web Services® (AWS), an open-source enterprise Linux® distribution makes it easier to accommodate different infrastructure types and enables development and operations teams to innovate together in any environment. It improves time-to-market, reduces complexity, provides on-demand scalability, and lowers costs, among other benefits. 

Running Linux and AWS together gives your organization the freedom and flexibility to move to cloud environments and simplify hybrid cloud management while providing the tools to build, deploy, and deliver applications in less time and at scale.

Enterprise organizations aiming to scale efficiently and innovate to keep up with competitors, customer demand, and rapid market changes have a lot to consider when moving to the cloud. They must balance flexibility and scalability with issues of security, manageability, and reliability. This is where the choice of Linux distribution can make a huge difference.

Red Hat brings more than 25 years of Linux expertise and a broad portfolio of tools, solutions, and partners that integrate and work seamlessly with Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Combining Red Hat Enterprise Linux and AWS brings together the best of both offerings. Organizations get an intelligent, stable, and security-focused OS foundation for modern, agile business operations. They also gain globally available, on-demand, security-focused, resizable cloud computing capacity for their workloads and applications.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux is certified on AWS, giving users consistency across their infrastructure. Whether using Red Hat Enterprise Linux on AWS or on-premise, enterprises can manage all of their applications and workloads with a single tool. 

With its roots in open source, Red Hat is a leading contributor to Kubernetes, the open source system for automating deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications. Red Hat Enterprise Linux is the foundation of its Kubernetes strategy–providing application mobility, proven enterprise security, and support at an enterprise scale.

Containers are Linux technologies, and Red Hat offers its solutions on AWS and other cloud providers to ensure enterprises have comprehensive integrations, support, and a consistent experience regardless of the workloads or applications you are running. A Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscription includes open source container tools Podman, Buildah, and Skopeo, allowing developers to easily spin up containers, manage deployment, and speed development of new applications in the cloud. Red Hat Universal Base Image (UBI) provides developers pre-built images to consume a number of language runtimes. In many instances, developers can just consume an image and start working on the application they are building.

Simplified management. Choosing Red Hat Enterprise Linux helps enterprises minimize the complexity and management challenges associated with moving applications to the cloud. It does this through its openness and consistency, by simplifying the operating system, and through vast integrations across third-party hardware, software, and tools providers. 

Advanced tools from Red Hat and AWS automate and configure application management for everything from provisioning, scaling, policy enforcement, and decommissioning. Red Hat Enterprise Linux web console saves time and simplifies daily administration of your systems with an easy-to-use user interface accessible even to new Linux users, and automated system roles make it easy to optimize security groups and workflows and maintain them over time with minimal resources. Red Hat Package Manager (RPM) to help users install, update, remove, and keep track of software packages and permissions from specific repositories in the Linux system.

Security features. Red Hat Enterprise Linux and AWS verify consistency through a two process approach to continuous security. First, the operating system must pass a validation process to be listed on AWS Marketplace. Second, artificial intelligence tools–AWS Inspector and Red Hat Insights (included in Red Hat Enterprise Linux)–constantly monitor the enterprise environment. Red Hat also provides linux kernel live patching to respond to vulnerabilities without disrupting your Linux instances  and applies security updates to Red Hat Enterprise Linux as soon as they are available. These updates are designed to ensure reliability, protect user data, and fix security vulnerabilities as they are discovered.

Payment options. Red Hat works closely with AWS to provide convenient purchasing and pricing options. Organizations can use their committed spend with AWS toward the purchase of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. This allows them to take advantage of the discounts outlined in their committed spend agreement with AWS (known as Enterprise Discount Program) when making the purchase on the AWS Marketplace. 

Alternatively, Red Hat can work with enterprises to develop a custom payment plan tailored to their needs, or for some organizations, the available pay-as-you-go cloud option would be ideal.

Flexibility. Red Hat Enterprise Linux is designed to have consistent performance and security across different footprints, whether in the cloud, on-premise, or at the edge. Today’s modern IT environments are hybrid, with workloads deployed in whatever location necessary for performance, scale, and compliance. Red Hat Enterprise Linux is engineered to perform optimally on AWS, but it is also part of a much larger partner ecosystem. SAP environments are certified to run on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, one of only two Linux distributions that bears that certification. This extensive ecosystem also provides freedom from vendor lock-in.

Red Hat solutions on AWS are jointly engineered to ensure they are optimized for performance. Meanwhile, Red Hat Enterprise Linux has been designed to provide AWS users with the same level of security, scalability, manageability, and reliability Red Hat users have come to expect from their more traditional on-premise deployments.

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