Red Hat Partners Offer 'Try Before They Buy' AWS Service

By Doug Barney

Red Hat customers can now take a test drive to see if their software functions properly on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Three partners are already availing themselves of this service, letting their potential customers see how the software works in the Amazon cloud.

CITYTECH, Shadow-Soft, and Vizuri are all using the AWS Test Drive program. Under the service, Test Drives labs are offered on a complimentary basis, as is a certain amount of AWS server time.

CITYTECH, Inc. already works with Amazon as an AWS Partner Network (APN) Advanced Consulting Partner. The company offers cloud management, Web experience management and digital strategy.

“Leveraging the work we’ve done with Red Hat on AWS, CITYTECH is making available to the general public an instantly-provisioned instance of Red Hat JBoss BPM Suite to enable users to test the platform without any strings attached. Not only are Test Drives changing the way enterprise software is evaluated, it is also proving the concept of enterprise middleware-as-a-service,” said Matt Van Bergen, chief technology officer, CITYTECH, Inc.

The second partner is an open source systems integrator Shadow-Soft, also a Red Hat Premier partner. This test drive will expose users to both Red Hat’s business process management (BPM) and its complex event processing (CEP). Users can test out a simulated e-commerce store, changing business rules and pricing.

“We are very proud to announce the launch of the Shadow-Soft Managed Red Hat JBoss BRMS + RTI Test Drive on AWS. Many enterprise customers are seeking an alternative to inflexible and costly proprietary BRMS solutions. This unique product combination enables users to quickly and easily explore the advantages of Red Hat’s flexible, open business rules management system with real-time management and application performance-monitoring capabilities through JBoss Operations Network and RTI. AWS Test Drive enables us to deploy this complex IT environment in the cloud in a matter of minutes allowing the user to focus on what matters most - evaluating the software for their production use,” said Erik Wallin, co-founder and chief operating officer, Shadow-Soft.

Finally, there’s another systems integrator Vizuri, which also resells open source tools aimed at the enterprise.

In its test drive, Vizuri will demonstrate how Red Hat’s software-defined storage operates.

“Organizations are looking to gain greater efficiencies and deliver innovative business solutions by leveraging cloud services, but are hampered by the technology adoption curve. Vizuri’s Test Drive enables organizations to reduce the time and complexity associated with evaluating next-generation technologies while accelerating a business’s proof-of-value. Built on a solid foundation of Red Hat Storage, OpenShift by Red Hat, and ownCloud, Vizuri delivers the next-generation of cloud storage that can be deployed anywhere - including your datacenter, public clouds, and private clouds,” said Joe Dickman, senior vice president, Vizuri.

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

MSPToday Editor at Large

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