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Red Hat and Nutanix announce a joint venture to develop cloud-native applications.

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Red Hat and Nutanix announce a joint venture to develop cloud-native applications.

Red Hat and Nutanix have formed a strategic partnership to enable the development, scaling, and management of cloud-native applications on-premises and in hybrid clouds.

The collaboration will enable the installation, interoperability, and management of Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat Enterprise Linux on Nutanix Cloud Platform, including Nutanix AOS and AHV.

“This partnership combines Red Hat’s industry-leading cloud-native solutions with the Nutanix Cloud Platform’s simplicity, flexibility, and resilience,” says Rajiv Ramaswam, president and CEO of Nutanix.

“Our solutions work in tandem to provide customers with a full-stack platform for developing, scaling, and managing containerized and virtualized cloud-native applications in a hybrid multi-cloud environment.”

According to president and CEO Paul Cormier, the company’s goal is to enable open hybrid clouds that offer customers choice and flexibility.

“Our partnership with Nutanix enables the open hybrid cloud to leverage a market-leading hyper-converged offering,” he says.

“This will provide our joint customers with more options for deploying containerized workloads, backed by a shared support experience.”

According to Eric Sheppard, vice president of research at IDC, organisations worldwide are deploying a growing variety of modern and cloud-native workloads.

Sheppard asserts that the Nutanix partnership, specifically the collaborative support agreement, will facilitate the integration of virtualized applications and OpenShift-based containerized workloads running on Nutanix’s cloud platform.

“They will be combined in a way that benefits precisely these types of organisations and contributes to increased simplicity, agility, and scalability in today’s complex hybrid-cloud environment,” he says.

According to Nutanix, the Nutanix Cloud Platform’s distributed architecture enables it to deliver a scalable IT environment that is well-suited for enterprise deployments of Red Hat OpenShift. Additionally, the platform includes fully integrated unified storage, which addresses common challenges associated with configuring and managing storage for stateful containers.

“We are overjoyed to see two of our technology partners announce this strategic relationship,” says Ritch Houdek, senior vice president of Kohl’s Technology.

“As we navigate the complexities of hybrid cloud, we believe this relationship will open up new hosting and deployment options for virtual machine and container workloads. These additional options will help us achieve our goal of being quick, efficient, and frictionless as we deliver new experiences to our customers.”

Some key elements of the partnership include:

  • OpenShift as the preferred choice for enterprise full stack Kubernetes on the Nutanix Cloud Platform: Customers looking to run Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat OpenShift on hyper-converged infrastructure will be able to use Nutanix’s cloud platform, which includes both Nutanix AOS and AHV.
  • Nutanix is now a preferred choice for HCI for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and OpenShift: Allowing customers to deploy virtualised and containerised workloads on hyper-converged infrastructure, building on the combined benefits of Red Hat’s open hybrid cloud technologies and Nutanix’s hyper-converged offerings.
  • Nutanix AHV is now a Red Hat certified hypervisor: Certification of the Nutanix built-in hypervisor, AHV, for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and OpenShift, offers enterprise customers a simplified full-stack solution for containerised and virtualised cloud-native applications.
  • Joint engineering roadmap providing interoperability: Red Hat and Nutanix will focus on delivering continuous testing of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat OpenShift with Nutanix AHV to provide interoperability. The companies will also collaborate to deliver more timely support by aligning product road maps.
  • More seamless support experience: Customers will be able to contact either company with support issues.

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