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Red Hat, Alibaba Cloud partner on global open source agreement

Open source software provider Red Hat has teamed up with Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, to deliver its open source solutions to Alibaba Cloud’s customers around the globe.

Under the agreement, Alibaba Cloud is now part of the Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider programme, joining a group of technology industry players who offer Red Hat-tested and validated solutions that extend the functionality of Red Hat's broad portfolio of open source cloud solutions.

Red Hat says the partnership with Alibaba extends the reach of its offerings across the top public clouds globally, providing a scalable destination for cloud computing and reiterating a commitment to providing greater choice in the cloud.

According to Mike Ferris, vice-president, Technical Business Development and Business Architecture, Red Hat, by joining the Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider programme, Alibaba Cloud has signified that it is a destination for Red Hat customers, independent software vendors and partners to enable them to benefit from Red Hat offerings in public clouds.

“Our customers not only want greater performance, flexibility, security and portability for their cloud initiatives, they also want the freedom of choice for their heterogeneous infrastructures. They want to be able to deploy their technologies of choice on their scalable infrastructure of choice.

“That is Red Hat’s vision and the focus of the Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider programme. By working with Alibaba Cloud, we’re helping to bring more choice and flexibility to customers as they deploy Red Hat’s open source solutions across their cloud environments.”

Ferris says Red Hat customers will be able to move eligible, unused Red Hat subscriptions from their data centre to Alibaba Cloud, China’s largest public cloud service provider, using Red Hat Cloud Access.

Yeming Wang, deputy general manager of Alibaba Cloud Global, said. “As enterprises in China, and throughout the world, look to modernise application environments, a full-lifecycle solution by Red Hat on Alibaba Cloud can provide customers higher flexibility and agility. We look forward to working with Red Hat to help enterprise customers with their journey of scaling workloads to Alibaba Cloud.”

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