Red Hat and Alibaba Cloud Join Forces to Bring Increased Flexibility with Open Source

12-Oct-2017 Intellasia | BusinessWire | 9:00 AM Print This Post

Alibaba Cloud joins Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider
Program; Companies collaborating to benefit customers moving to the
public cloud

RALEIGH, N.C. & HANGZHOU, China–(BUSINESS WIRE)–$BABA #RHEL–Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source
solutions, and Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group
(NYSE:BABA), today announced that they will join forces to bring the
power and flexibility of Red Hat’s open source solutions to Alibaba
Cloud’s customers around the globe.

Alibaba Cloud is now part of the Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service
Provider program, joining a group of technology industry leaders who
offer Red Hat-tested and validated solutions that extend the
functionality of Red Hat’s broad portfolio of open source cloud
solutions. The partnership extends the reach of Red Hat’s offerings
across the top public clouds globally, providing a scalable destination
for cloud computing and reiterating Red Hat’s commitment to providing
greater choice in the cloud.

In the coming months, Red Hat solutions will be available directly to
Alibaba Cloud customers, enabling them to take advantage of the full
value of Red Hat’s broad portfolio of open source cloud solutions.
Alibaba Cloud intends to offer Red Hat Enterprise Linux in a
pay-as-you-go model in the Alibaba Cloud Marketplace.

By joining the Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider program,
Alibaba Cloud has signified that it is a destination for Red Hat
customers, independent software vendors (ISVs) and partners to enable
them to benefit from Red Hat offerings in public clouds. These will be
provided under innovative consumption and service models with the
greater confidence that Red Hat product experts have validated the
solutions. Launched in 2009, the Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service
Provider Program is designed to assemble the solutions cloud providers
need to plan, build, manage and offer hosted cloud solutions and Red Hat
technologies to customers. The Certified Cloud Provider designation is
awarded to Red Hat partners following validation by Red Hat. Each
provider meets testing and certification requirements to demonstrate
that they can deliver a safe, scalable, supported and consistent
environment for enterprise cloud deployments.

In addition, in the coming months, Red Hat customers will be able to
move eligible, unused Red Hat subscriptions from their datacenter to
Alibaba Cloud, China’s largest public cloud service provider, using Red
Hat Cloud Access
. Red Hat Cloud Access is an innovative
“bring-your-own-subscription” benefit available from select Red Hat
Certified Cloud and Service Providers that enables customers to move
eligible Red Hat subscriptions from on-premise to public clouds. Red Hat
Cloud Access also enables customers to maintain a direct relationship
with Red Hat – including the ability to receive full support from Red
Hat’s award-winning Global Support Services organization, enabling
customers to maintain a consistent level of service across certified
hybrid deployment infrastructures.

Supporting Quotes

Mike Ferris, vice president, Technical Business Development and
Business Architecture, Red Hat

“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 Program. 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.”

Yeming Wang, deputy general manager of Alibaba Cloud Global, Alibaba

“As enterprises in China, and throughout the world, look
to modernize 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.”

Additional Resources

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About Red Hat, Inc.

Red Hat is the world’s leading provider of open source software
solutions, using a community-powered approach to provide reliable and
high-performing cloud, Linux, middleware, storage and virtualization
technologies. Red Hat also offers award-winning support, training, and
consulting services. As a connective hub in a global network of
enterprises, partners, and open source communities, Red Hat helps create
relevant, innovative technologies that liberate resources for growth and
prepare customers for the future of IT. Learn more at

About Alibaba Cloud

Established in 2009, Alibaba Cloud (,
the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, is among the world’s top 3
IaaS providers according to Gartner1, and the largest
provider of public cloud services in China, according to IDC. Alibaba
Cloud provides a comprehensive suite of cloud computing services to
businesses worldwide, including merchants doing business on Alibaba
Group marketplaces, start-ups, corporations and government
organizations. Alibaba Cloud is the official Cloud Services Partner of
the International Olympic Committee.

1 Source: Gartner, “Market Share: Public Cloud Services,
Worldwide, 2016”, 19 September 2017

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Alibaba Group’s Forward-Looking Statements

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historical facts, including statements about Alibaba Cloud’s intended
product and service offerings, are or contain forward-looking
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materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement.
Further information regarding these risks is included in Alibaba Group’s
filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. All
information contained in this announcement is as of the date of this
announcement and are based on assumptions that Alibaba Group believes to
be reasonable as of this date. You should not rely upon these
forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. Alibaba
Group does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking
statement, except as required under applicable law.

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