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Supplier Spotlight: Red Hat

An Interview with Red Hat, Available Through the E&I Carahsoft Contract

We recently sat down with Bill Hirsch, Principal Solutions Architect, and Damien Eversmann, Delivery Strategist for Education at Red Hat, to discuss Red Hat’s key features and benefits for E&I members.

Please tell us about the types of cloud products and services you provide that can be sourced through the E&I Carahsoft contract.

Red Hat is the world’s leading provider of enterprise open source solutions, including high-performing Linux, cloud, container, and Kubernetes (an open-source platform) technologies. Whether the need is automation to bring healthcare to patients more stably and learning to students more reliably, securing access to those clinical assets or classroom streams, or even hosting those assets in ways that are dependable, secure, and flexible, Red Hat solutions fill that need.

Red Hat’s enterprise IT automation solutions allow institutions to streamline operations and configurations throughout their environment. From deploying a new device to moving data to the cloud, automation provides a faster, more efficient process across every phase of the application lifecycle. With hybrid cloud powered by open source code, members can run workloads on any cloud to develop apps faster, automate processes, and enhance security. This focus on portability, scalability, and security enables educational institutions to see cost optimization, enhanced mission delivery, and more.

How long has Red Hat been in business and what is your business model?

Founded in 1993, Red Hat has revolutionized the open source operating system with Red Hat® Enterprise Linux®. We now have a broad portfolio, including hybrid cloud infrastructure, middleware, agile integration, cloud-native application development, and management and automation solutions. In fact, more than 90% of Fortune 500 companies now rely on Red Hat.

To better serve students, faculty, clinicians, and researchers, educational institutions and teaching hospitals can implement a hybrid cloud strategy with Red Hat solutions, enabling them to modernize without costly rebuilds, automate across platforms, process and analyze more data, and have a more secure, consistent foundation to build apps.

What is your relationship with Carahsoft, and how is the E&I contract important to Red Hat?

Carahsoft is an award-winning distributor that delivers Red Hat’s top-tier enterprise open source technologies to E&I members. These products and services help educational institutions from K-12 to top research universities maintain security, governance, and effective delivery while cost-effectively simplifying IT.

By working together, our teams are able to provide an exceptional experience for E&I members, helping institutions save time and money. Furthermore, Carahsoft brings specialized expertise of not only the education market but the Red Hat portfolio as well. As such, Carahsoft acts as a trusted advisor to both the customer and Red Hat, to ensure that the proper solutions are applied to each member’s unique needs.

What differentiates Red Hat from your main competitors in education?

Red Hat is bridging the gap between education and industry. We offer Red Hat® Academy to all of our customers, a program that turns academic institutions into centers for enterprise-ready talent by outfitting them with Red Hat training and certification at no cost. The curriculum involves hands-on instruction across the platform, middleware, and cloud technologies built with input from Red Hat development, support, and field consulting teams.

Unlike a generic distribution-agnostic Linux® curriculum, Red Hat’s curriculum is based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, the leading enterprise Linux platform. Rather than learning theoretical skills, students learn practical skills based on use cases from thousands of enterprise implementations.

Thousands of students take part in the Red Hat Academy program every year. These students graduate with better job opportunities. In fact, 94% of instructors and administrators say that Red Hat Academy students who graduate with a Red Hat certification receive more employment opportunities.

Tell us about Red Hat outcomes in education and how that would benefit our members.

For institutions in a hybrid or remote learning environment, effective resource and staffing management is paramount. Damien Eversmann, Delivery Strategist for Education with Red Hat, explains that “automation isn’t about laying people off and saving money that way. It’s about enabling the workforce.”

Enterprise open source automation technologies are enabling educational institutions to quickly set up remote learning environments. With automated solutions, institutions can realize an average cost savings of 30%. Factor in the enhanced security and improved deployment process, and E&I members have a powerful tool to overcome remote learning challenges.

Can you give us an example of an educational institution that is leveraging Red Hat solutions?

In September of 2020, Syracuse University iSchool, a leading institution in data and information studies, announced a new collaboration with Red Hat Academy. “The iSchool has had a long relationship with Red Hat,” said professor Carlos Enrique Caicedo Bastidas. “It just made sense to take the extra step and join the Red Hat Academy program.”

Joining Red Hat Academy gives the iSchool access to innovative course material, hands-on labs, and opportunities for real-world application in the areas of enterprise technology and cloud computing. With a curriculum designed to help the iSchool prepare students for tech-driven jobs in business, Red Hat Academy helps students gain deep expertise in critical software that over 90% of Fortune 500 companies use. As a result, our graduates enter the workforce with one of the most in-demand skillsets in the modern economy.

About the Contract

Carahsoft Technology Corp. is an industry-leading provider of cloud solutions and related IT hardware, software, and services.


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