Red Hat Launches Cloud Program for Government Agencies

by Ostatic Staff - Sep. 23, 2014

Red Hat posted strong quarterly results last week that beat Wall Street’s expectations, and a big part of the news was that the company is starting to see meaningful revenue from its many initiatives surrounding cloud computing. Enterprises are a big part of Red Hat's cloud focus, but the company has also made clear that it will focus on cloud services for big telecom companies, and organizations in niche sectors.

Now, the company has announced the launch of Red Hat Cloud for Government, a consulting platform that is purported to help government agencies deliver a secure cloud strategy and infrastructure.

Red Hat announced that its government services include a set of processes and tools that help agencies manage and run cloud services through their own datacenters, in the process helping them meet modernization goals. The company added:

"Red Hat will work with government agencies to standardize and automate infrastructure that is already in place, and then identify opportunities to simplify service delivery with Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) tools based on the award-winning OpenShift by Red Hat. The Red Hat Cloud for Government team will then look for opportunities to combine those tools with FedRAMP-compliant public clouds from partners such as Amazon Web Services, Autonomic Resources, and Dell1, offering a seamless, easily managed infrastructure."

Many government agencies, of course, are under severe budget constraints, but effective cloud deployments and affordable managed services could end up saving them money.

Paul Smith, Red Hat's general manager and vice president, Public Sector, said in a statement:  “The Red Hat Cloud for Government program can help agencies save time and money, become more agile, and above all, make it easier to take advantage of the powerful open source and cloud forces that are changing the industry. Budget-strapped agencies want to know how to effectively implement new technologies like IaaS and PaaS, and use third-party cloud providers without making things too expensive or too complicated. Red Hat Cloud for Government consultants provide the tools for success as these agencies look to leverage the benefits and capabilities of the cloud."

 You can learn more about Red Hat Cloud for Government here.