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Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of enterprise open source solutions, and Nutanix (NASDAQ: NTNX), a leader in hybrid multicloud computing, announced a strategic partnership to enable a powerful solution for building, scaling and managing cloud-native applications on-premises and in hybrid clouds.

The collaboration brings together industry-leading technologies, enabling installation, interoperability and management of Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat Enterprise Linux with Nutanix Cloud Platform, including Nutanix AOS and AHV.

As we manage the complexities of hybrid cloud, we believe this relationship will unlock new hosting and deployment options for VM and container-based workloads. These new options will support our goals of being fast, efficient and friction-free as we deliver new experiences to our customers.”

Key elements of the partnership include:

Red Hat OpenShift as the preferred choice for enterprise full stack Kubernetes on Nutanix Cloud Platform. Customers looking to run Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat OpenShift on hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) will be able to use an industry-leading cloud platform from Nutanix, which includes both Nutanix AOS and AHV.

Nutanix Cloud Platform is now a preferred choice for HCI for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat OpenShift.This will enable customers to deploy virtualised and containerized workloads on a hyperconverged infrastructure, building on the combined benefits of Red Hat’s open hybrid cloud technologies and Nutanix’s hyperconverged offerings.

Nutanix AHV is now a Red Hat certified hypervisor enabling full support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and OpenShift on Nutanix Cloud Platform. The certification of the Nutanix built-in hypervisor, AHV, for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and OpenShift offers enterprise customers a simplified full stack solution for their containerized and virtualised cloud-native applications. This certification delivers Red Hat customers additional choice in hypervisor deployments, especially as many organizations explore innovative, modern virtualization technologies.

Red Hat and Nutanix will focus on delivering continuous testing of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat OpenShift with Nutanix AHV to provide robust interoperability. The companies will also collaborate to deliver more timely support by aligning product roadmaps.

More seamless support experience

Customers will be able to contact either company with support issues. The two companies are collaborating to deliver a best-in-class support experience for the interoperability of the certified products.

Because of its distributed architecture, Nutanix Cloud Platform delivers an IT environment that is highly scalable and resilient, and well-suited for enterprise deployments of Red Hat OpenShift at scale. The platform also includes fully integrated unified storage, addressing many tough challenges operators routinely face in configuring and managing storage for stateful containers.

There is substantial value in store for joint customers, beginning with the certification of Nutanix Cloud Platform including Nutanix’s built-in hypervisor, AHV®, for Red Hat® Enterprise Linux and for Red Hat OpenShift®. AHV is enterprise-proven and trusted by many large enterprises, including many Fortune 500 customers, to support their most demanding tier-1 workloads.

Nutanix president and CEO Rajiv Ramaswami said this partnership brings together Red Hat’s industry-leading cloud native solutions with the simplicity, flexibility and resilience of the Nutanix Cloud Platform.

“Together, our solutions provide customers with a full stack platform to build, scale, and manage containerized and virtualized cloud native applications in a hybrid multicloud environment,” said Rajiv Ramaswami.

Enterprise customers demand RHEL and OpenShift to support their workloads, along with the Nutanix Cloud Platform (based on AOS™ infrastructure and AHV® hypervisor) to provide resilient and scalable datacenter infrastructure. Together, these solutions comprise a best-in-class, simplified full-stack solution for virtualized and cloud native applications.

Red Hat and Nutanix, through joint engineering efforts, roadmap reviews and product planning, will focus on interoperability that delivers additional customer value for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat OpenShift running on the Nutanix Cloud Platform.

Red Hat president and CEO Paul Cormier said Red Hat has a vision to enable open hybrid clouds, where customers have choice and flexibility.

“Our partnership with Nutanix brings a leading hyperconverged offering to the open hybrid cloud, driving greater choice for our joint customers in how they deploy their containerized workloads and backed by a joint support experience,” said Paul Cormier.

IDC research vice president Eric Sheppard said organizations around the world are deploying an increasingly diverse mix of modern and cloud-native workloads.

“This Red Hat and Nutanix partnership, and in particular the collaborative support agreement between the two companies, helps to bring virtualized applications and Red Hat OpenShift-based containerized workloads running on Nutanix’s Cloud Platform together in a way that will benefit exactly these types of organizations and help to drive increased simplicity, agility, scalability within today’s complex hybrid-cloud world,” said Eric Sheppard.

Kohl’s senior vice president, Technology, Ritch Houdek said Kohl’s is thrilled to see two of its technology partners announce this strategic relationship.

“As we manage the complexities of hybrid cloud, we believe this relationship will unlock new hosting and deployment options for VM and container-based workloads. These new options will support our goals of being fast, efficient and friction-free as we deliver new experiences to our customers,” said Ritch Houdek.

Unum chief technology officer Gautam Roy said the insurance industry is in the midst of a transformation to rapidly adapt to customers’ demands.

“We protect 39 million lives around the world with our products and services. As we work to modernize our IT infrastructure to support a seamless digital experience for our customers and employees, Nutanix and Red Hat help simplify our technology stack and advance our cloud transformation,” said Gautam Roy.

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