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Red Hat Launches Test Drives on AWS

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At its annual Partner conference in Scottsdale, Arizona this week Red Hat (RHT) announced new Test Drives on Amazon Web Services (AWS) with three Red Hat partners – CITYTECH, Shadow-Soft, and Vizuri. Through the AWS Test Drive program, users can quickly and easily explore and deploy ready-made solutions built on Red Hat technologies.

“AWS Test Drive is an exciting program to help drive sales and open new business opportunities with AWS,” said Terry Wise, director, Worldwide Partner Ecosystem at AWS. “With the AWS Test Drive labs, customers can register and experience an evaluation of enterprise software solutions using the self-paced hands-on lab platform in a matter of minutes, as opposed to days or weeks. Once a customer completes the AWS Test Drive, they can quickly move to production by working with sponsoring partners. We are excited for Red Hat to launch these new test drive labs and to expand this opportunity to many more Red Hat partners.”

For CITYTECH, the test drive allows users to interact with sample business and process workflows and modify a mortgage application’s business flow. Featuring the soon-to-be-released Red Hat JBoss BPM Suite, Red Hat JBoss Data Grid, and Red Hat JBoss Operations Network, this Test Drive gives customers hands on experience with Red Hat JBoss Middleware on the AWS platform. Shadow-Soft is a Red Hat Premier partner and expert open source systems integrator. The test drive provides users a hands-on experience with Red Hat’s business process management (BPM) and complex event processing (CEP) offerings in a single, flexible platform delivered on AWS.

Strategic partner Vizuri’s test drive shows users how to securely control their data in a cloud using Red Hat’s software-defined storage offering and the complete application stack running on their own servers. It gives users the ability to see how they can manage and scale their solution as it replicates within and across their datacenters. In addition to Red Hat Storage, Vizuri’s Test Drive will feature ownCloud, an open source file sync and share solution.

“We are excited to create Red Hat based solutions on AWS with our extended partner ecosystems,” said Mark Enzweiler, senior vice president, Global Channel Sales, Red Hat. “We’ve enjoyed working with CITYTECH, Shadow-Soft, and Vizuri to develop these initial solutions, and are eager to develop additional Test Drives with other partners. We believe these Test Drives are invaluable, they enable partners to use their expertise in pulling together complete solutions to solve complex customer challenges and illustrate how easily customers can use these tools to migrate to the cloud.”

Red Hat plans to work with additional Red Hat partners to release more AWS Test Drives through the coming year.

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