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Enterprises in the cloud have a lot going for them: increased agility, adaptability, flexibility, and reliability—which makes staying ahead of the curve a lot easier. Combining on-premise infrastructure with cloud services can breathe new life into existing processes and increase the number of tools and technologies at your disposal. 

Sounds great, right? It is—but first, you need to consider your choice of cloud provider and operating system. Which ones would provide the best foundation on which to build your hybrid cloud environment, while still allowing you the flexibility to adopt the services and technologies you want? 

Linux and Google Cloud Platform are a strong combination with which to move your enterprise to the cloud and into the future. Let’s take a look at each one before learning what makes them stand out as a team.

Adopting a hybrid or multicloud approach can be challenging—especially when you’re used to legacy hardware and traditional infrastructure. But the right cloud services provider and Linux distribution provide a solid start. With Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® on Google Cloud Platform, you have the foundation for a cloud strategy that will take you wherever you want to go. And because Red Hat Enterprise Linux runs on Google, so do all the rest of Red Hat’s products. 

As Google Cloud Partner of the Year 2023, the way we work with Google Cloud isn’t just robust—it's award-winning. And this relationship scales. With Red Hat Enterprise Linux as a foundation, all our products run on Google.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Google Cloud Platform help simplify your infrastructure platform, accelerate application development and delivery, and incorporate automation for your business and management processes, so you can innovate more quickly and adapt to industry, regulatory, and global changes with an agile hybrid cloud environment.

And here’s something else—Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP Solutions on Google Cloud is a high-performance platform for database operations that includes SAP-specific content and features and allows organizations to deploy SAP across hybrid cloud environments. Red Hat Enterprise Linux is one of only two Linux distributions certified for use with SAP HANA® and SAP S/4HANA®.

With flexible configuration, an open source and security-focused foundation, global network infrastructure, and advanced data management and analytics, Red Hat and Google Cloud give you the functions and capabilities you need to build and operate hybrid and multicloud environments effectively and efficiently. Each component delivers key functionality and value and a reliable, high-performance operating environment for your workloads and applications across physical, virtualized, containerized, cloud-based, and edge infrastructure.

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