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Red Hat strengthens partnerships with Amazon and HP to expand markets

Veronica C. Silva | May 12, 2011
Enterprise customers have more choices to get Red Hat Enterprise Linux that is also optimised for the HP blade server.

Open source player Red Hat recently announced stronger partnerships with Amazon Web Services and HP to expand its reach in the enterprise market segment.

At the recently concluded Red Hat Summit in Boston, USA, Red Hat announced an expanded partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS) while announcing its achievements on the HP blade server.

The global partnership with Amazon will enable enterprise customers to download and purchase Red Hat Enterprise Linux using AWS's on demand, pay as you go Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2).

Red Hat and Amazon Web Services said they have been collaborating for years to offer the service that is responsive to customer demands, particularly as they transition to cloud computing.


Said Terry Wise, director of business development, Amazon Web Services: "Our customers have been vocal about their need to provision supported Red Hat Enterprise Linux in the same way that they provision AWS EC2 and only pay for what they use."

"Giving developers broad access to Red Hat Enterprise Linux using Amazon EC2 is an important step in our evolution in the cloud," said Scott Crenshaw, vice president and general manager, cloud business, Red Hat.

"This is about giving customers and developers choice on how they deploy Red Hat Enterprise Linux and work to build the industry's next-generation applications," Crenshaw added.

Currently available through Amazon EC2 are the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and 6.

HP Blade Server

Meanwhile, the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 Kernel-based virtual machine (KVM) has been proven to perform optimally on the HP ProLiant blade server.

Red Hat claimed it has set a record SPECvirt_sc2010 benchmark virtualisation performance result of 1820 @114 VMs (18.8 tiles) on the HP ProLiant BL620c G7 blade server. Red Hat claims 33 per cent better performance for improved virtualisation efficiency and consolidation.

The results were benchmarked using Red Hat Enterprise Linux, particularly the KVM,  running on a two-socket HP ProLiant with an Intel Xeon E7-2780 2.4GHz processor.

"The combination of the industry-leading performance of HP Proliant running the KVM-based hypervisor, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and the rich management features of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualisation allow our customers to deploy a more cost-effective infrastructure, where they can see significant gains in performance, scalability and virtualisation density," said Jim Totton, vice president and general manager, platform business, Red Hat.


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