Huawei and Red Hat have extended their existing partnership to bring Linux to cloud solutions. As a result of the new development, the Chinese company is set to promote Red Hat Enterprise Linux among its customers and even bring a new solution portfolio for carriers to build network functions virtualisation (NFV) clouds.
Huawei customers would receive an update from the company to prefer Red Hat Enterprise Linux for critical services both on-premises and on the company’s public cloud platform. Similarly, Red Hat is in plans to validate the public cloud platform by Huawei to help enterprises shift to Red Hat Enterprise Linux and deploy its open source solutions such as the middleware and management software.
“We are delighted to work with Red Hat to jointly help develop the cloud computing industry and better serve customers with greater product choice,” said Sun Jiawei, director of IT business development department, Huawei, in a joint statement.
Alongside supporting the cloud, Huawei is developing a certified virtualised network function (VNF) layer to enable Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The Shenzhen-based company is likely to complete the certification of Red Hat OpenStack Platform by as early as the first half of 2017.
Huawei first collaborated with Red Hat back in December 2014, whereas its carrier-grade software-defined networking (SDN) solutions received Red Hat’s support in June 2016.
“We are honoured to expand our strategic relationship with Huawei, enabling leading global telecommunication companies with the power of open source to innovate and compete,” said Margaret Dawson, senior director of global marketing position, Red Hat.
Win-win for both
The latest move would give Huawei a golden chance to expand its presence in the cloud space. Likewise, it is expected to bring Red Hat to China in a broader face since the Shenzhen company has a strong presence in its native market.