Today’s guest blogger is Jim Totton, vice president and general manager of the Platform Business Unit at Red Hat.

More than a decade ago, Red Hat disrupted the IT landscape with the launch of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Delivering the most capable open source operating system – enterprise capabilities at an incredible value - Red Hat Enterprise Linux quickly became a primary choice for enterprise applications. Customer datacenters were transformed by the injection of freedom and choice and through the use of industry standards, made possible by Red Hat’s contributions to open source, in an environment historically constrained to vertically integrated silos and held hostage by a limited set of vendors.

Fast-forward to today, where the needs of IT have both deepened and broadened. Open source is an engine of innovation for cloud, big data, and all of computing. From the explosion of internet and mobile applications, to cloud computing, there are now massive data stores with unprecedented transaction volumes. The need for continuous development and deployment of applications leveraging polyglot platforms and the pressure to deliver has increased dramatically. Red Hat's current offerings span from operating systems to virtualization, storage, middleware, PaaS, and cloud infrastructure to meet increased needs. Even with these offerings, the siloed boundaries of an on-premise datacenter do not always efficiently deliver on the needs for scale, performance, resource provisioning, and dynamic consumption.

Enter Google Cloud Platform and its collaboration with Red Hat.

Through this collaboration, we deliver:
  • Extended Choice: As a member of the Red Hat Certified Cloud Provider program, Google Compute Engine is a trusted and supported destination for developers, application owners, and administrators looking to benefit from the value of Red Hat. Additionally, as part of Red Hat’s open hybrid cloud ecosystem, Google Compute Engine provides the added choice of an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) platform for customers looking to extend their environment in conjunction with a service provider.
  • Consistency: Red Hat Enterprise Linux instances on Google Compute Engine deliver the same features (e.g., performance and security), and lifecycle (release and update cycles) as on-premise environments. If an application needs the latest development and run-time packages provided by Red Hat Software Collections, or security provided by SELinux, Google Compute Engine provides the consistent features and capabilities for robust application deployments.
  • Certification and Support: A core value of Red Hat offerings is the assurance of support and certification for the platforms on which they are deployed. This promise spans from hardware platforms to virtual and cloud environments, providing customers with support at all levels of the stack and across all deployment models. Red Hat and Google have worked together to ensure that the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) platform that Google Compute Engine is built upon, is powerful, capable, and supported when running application workloads on Red Hat Enterprise Linux as the guest operating system.

As IT demands increase, so do the requirements for trusted destinations which provide the performance, scale, flexibility, and security to serve the platform for demanding applications of the future. With Google Compute Engine and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, all powered by open source software and leveraging the innovation that exists there, we can deliver on the promises of the cloud.

-Contributed by Jim Totton, Vice President, Red Hat