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Red Hat and Accenture expand hybrid cloud alliance

Long-time collaborators will co-develop new solutions to help businesses navigate a multi- and hybrid cloud world

Red Hat and Accenture have announced an expansion of their strategic partnership which will see the pair look to drive open hybrid cloud innovation for enterprises.

Building on their 12-year alliance, the companies are jointly investing in the co-development of new solutions that they say will help organizations better navigate a multi- and hybrid cloud world, define their strategy, and accelerate innovation.

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The new solutions will be developed over the next year and will initially focus on four key areas: open hybrid cloud application and mainframe modernization, automation, edge computing, and sovereign cloud.

In an announcement, Stefanie Chiras, senior vice president of Partner Ecosystem Success at Red Hat, said that operating in the hybrid cloud enables customers to optimize their existing systems with the “added layers and capabilities necessary to support innovation and efficiency at scale.”

“At Red Hat, we believe that success not only lies in the technical components we bring to the cloud but also with the impactful partnerships that drive successful implementations and business outcomes,” she said.

“Our long-standing collaboration with Accenture means that customers have access to the open-source solutions they need and expertise they can trust to navigate the complexities of open hybrid cloud and grow their business where it needs to be - in the cloud.”

As part of its four key focuses, the partnership is aiming to help clients develop a holistic hybrid cloud strategy to enable greater operational efficiency and drive innovation based on Red Hat OpenShift.

The range of offerings will also include solutions that automate and orchestrate workloads across the IT infrastructure to reduce risk and lower costs of technology operations. This includes the development of Accenture solutions on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform to deliver stable, automated cloud computing capabilities.

In terms of edge computing, there will be solutions focused on analyzing and processing data where it is generated to help improve the customer experience and reduce latency. With Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, applications can be deployed and automated at the edge - reducing dependency on a physical footprint.

Additionally, Red Hat and Accenture said they are also developing offerings that will help clients control the location, access to and processing of their data in the cloud through open-source technologies and services.

“Organizations are increasingly turning to hybrid cloud to help overcome complex challenges around core business functions like customer service and supply chain, and to drive growth and innovation,” commented Raj Wickramasinghe, Accenture’s Hybrid and Emerging Platform lead.

“Through our expanded alliance with Red Hat, we can further help clients embrace the cloud continuum to enable greater operational efficiency and drive innovation.”

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