Nutanix and Red Hat Partnership Brings Customers Best-in-Class Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure and Complete Stack

April 28, 2022

Brad Bignall,
Director Strategic Alliances, Americas, Nutanix

Lance Abla,
Senior Solutions Architect, Red Hat

Nutanix and Red Hat have partnered to deliver a hybrid cloud experience, offering their industry-leading technologies, such as Nutanix’s Cloud Platform now certified for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform. This partnership provides customers with a complete technology stack for those looking to modernize, build, scale and manage virtual and cloud native applications on-premise and in the public cloud. Red Hat OpenShift is the preferred enterprise full stack Kubernetes Solution on the Nutanix Cloud Platform leveraging the Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV), combining the knowledge of the premier provider of open source solutions and the industry leading HCI Cloud Platform. Both current and new customers can take advantage of this partnership to support even their most demanding workloads and challenges.

“We have a vision to enable open hybrid clouds, where customers have choice and flexibility,” Paul Cormier, President and CEO of Red Hat, said. “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.”

Public Sector Challenges

Government agencies are facing several challenges that the Nutanix and Red Hat solution addresses:

Heightened cybersecurity threats and overall security posture: No matter the infrastructure, whether on-premise or in the cloud, agencies need their data to be fully secure. With attacks and cybersecurity risks growing daily, agencies are looking for solutions that provide enhanced protection from the start.

Getting Artificial Intelligence at the edge in a simplistic, deployable format: Today, agencies want easy ways within both AI hardware and software that they can run out hundreds of nodes in the field, and a solution that will make AI and Machine Learning workloads scalable, reliable and durable.

Application and operations modernization efforts: Many agencies are on the road to modernization for their applications and need solutions that can keep up. They would benefit from a single platform on which to apply best practices across the entire universe of applications—from traditional to microservice and containerized applications. Leveraging this partnership and the combined development and engineering efforts can streamline that modernization process.

The Nutanix and Red Hat partnership not only enables its customers to overcome these challenges through their collaborative solutions, but gives them the tools to manage interoperability, maintain flexibility and scalability, and ultimately support their customer’s goals.

Support Through the Cloud Journey

Perhaps the most imperative element of this alliance is that it will not simply step in for a few tests and software deployment, but instead, become an integrated solution and resource for long-term assistance to ensure value for its customers. Focusing on co-development and selling in the field, this partnership supports efforts to drive the innovation and richness of a full stack offering and open source landscape with storage, automation and database capabilities through platforms like OpenShift, Ansible, and Nutanix Era.

Several key foundational operations of the alliance include:

  • Red Hat OpenShift as the preferred choice for enterprise full stack Kubernetes on the Nutanix Cloud Platform
  • Nutanix Cloud Platform as the preferred choice for HCI for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat OpenShift
  • Nutanix AHV is now a Red Hat certified hypervisor enabling full support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and OpenShift on the Nutanix Cloud Platform
  • Joint engineering roadmap providing robust and unique interoperability
  • More seamless support experience providing faster resolution times for joint customers

With this partnership, customers can take advantage of an unparalleled infrastructure and subscription service. With no major upgrade costs or perpetual licensing, users receive all new releases of technology and can upgrade once ready to make the transition. Moreover, all deployment options can be leveraged via the same subscription licensing, and integrated automation through this partnership makes this operation even simpler. By utilizing Red Hat Ansible, OpenShift and Kubernetes Operators on the Nutanix Cloud Platform, DevOps Teams can implement declarative infrastructure as code, allowing for streamlined deployment, and an extended reach from on-prem datacenters to the public cloud.

From the beginning, Nutanix and Red Hat have not only been collaborating to maximize their partnership, but also are constantly considering what could be the next best move. Now nearly nine months into this alliance, these vendors are moving past major foundational efforts and are filling in the gaps of automation and orchestration to make their partnership even more accessible and flexible for their customers.

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