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Give your team the foundational technology needed for modern infrastructure. Middleware provides services and capabilities to applications, including in unified hybrid cloud, multicloud and containerized environments.

Middleware is software and cloud services that provide common services and capabilities to applications and help developers and operators build and deploy applications more efficiently. Middleware acts like the connective tissue between applications, data, and users.

Middleware is the technological foundation for cloud-native architectures and includes application runtimes, enterprise application integration and cloud services. Organizations turn to middleware as a way to keep application development quick and cost-effective in complex IT environments. Middleware can support application environments that work smoothly and consistently across a highly distributed application architecture and cloud platform. 

You can implement middleware to connect your legacy applications to your modern cloud applications and your cloud applications to each other. Middleware can unlock modern application patterns, optimize how your data is storedretrieved and shared, and improve the ways you develop applications.

Red Hat® Application Foundations provides organizations with the components and middleware needed to develop and modernize software, providing flexibility for developers to use the right tools and patterns for their objectives. The technologies in Red Hat Application Foundations help build, deploy, and operate applications at scale across the hybrid cloud, and when combined with Red Hat OpenShift®, create a platform that helps streamline execution across the application life cycle.

With Red Hat OpenShift, Red Hat Application Foundations, and Red Hat Cloud Services, you get a complete set of capabilities to design, develop, build, deploy, and manage applications across the hybrid cloud at scale. By combining these capabilities, Red Hat can serve you as a single vendor while also remaining deployment-agnostic for the reality of hybrid and multicloud operations.

Additionally, Red Hat does a lot of work with the greater open source community on middleware technologies. Our engineers help improve features, reliability, and security to make sure your middleware performs well while remaining stable and more secure. As with all open source projects, Red Hat contributes code and improvements back to the upstream codebase, sharing advancements along the way. Of course, collaborating with a community is about more than developing code. Collaboration is the freedom to ask questions and offer improvements. That’s the open source way and the power of the open organization. This is why Red Hat has been a trusted provider of enterprise infrastructure for over 20 years.


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