Red Hat, Inc., a Raleigh, NC-based provider of open-source solutions, has rolled out a new subscription model that provides partners deeper access to the Red Hat open hybrid cloud portfolio. Through this announcement, the company intends to replace its current Not-for-Resale subscriptions with a simplified path for partners to acquire Red Hat product subscriptions that can be used to develop software solutions and proof-of-concepts, test product offerings, and deepen technical skills.
“Red Hat Partner Subscriptions equip partners with Red Hat subscriptions typically worth thousands of dollars to develop and sell solutions based on hardened, enterprise-grade open-source software, driving improved operational efficiencies and technical capabilities for customers,” said Stefanie Chiras, Red Hat’s Senior Vice President of Partner Ecosystem Success.
Anticipated partner benefits include access to hundreds of self-support subscriptions for the Red Hat open hybrid cloud portfolio; extended use for single- and multi-user software development, testing, internal training, demonstrations, and proofs-of-concept; and standard support for up to five contacts, with the option to upgrade for additional contacts.
The subscriptions are currently available to all Red Hat Ready, Advanced and Premier Business Partners. In addition, Red Hat technology partners that have completed or are in the process of completing product certifications with Red Hat are also eligible.
The move is intended to help channel partners experiment with new technologies, collaboration methods, and business models. The Red Hat subscription service will likely help the company’s partners to more easily react to evolving customer demands.