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Red Hat announced the general availability of Red Hat Marketplace, a one-stop-shop to find, try, buy, deploy and manage enterprise applications across an organization’s hybrid IT infrastructure, including on-premises and multicloud environments.

Building on its existing container orchestration software, OpenShift, Red Hat has created a central software purchasing location for automated deployment to any cloud.

Red Hat focuses its solution on four key features:

(1) Hybrid cloud support with an emphasis on its application portability across clouds to any OpenShift environment enabling developers to build applications in a separate or in parallel with the execution environment.

(2) Enterprise software compatibility via Red Hat OpenShift certification and using any Kubernetes operator.

(3) Continuous support for any software purchased in the marketplace.

(4) Usage tracking consolidation and spend optimization.

For now, there is a growing list of more than 50 commercial products available for purchase includes leading solutions across 12 different categories—including AI/ML, Database, Monitoring, Security, Storage, Big Data, Developer tools, and more—from ISVs such as Anchore, Cockroach Labs, CognitiveScale, Couchbase, Dynatrace, KubeMQ, MemSQL, MongoDB, and StorageOS.

All these programs are certified for Red Hat OpenShift and offered with commercial support. They're also built on the open Kubernetes Operator Framework. This enables you to run them on OpenShift as if they were a cloud service. That means they come ready-made with capabilities such as automated install and upgrade, backup, failover, and recovery. 

There's also a private version of the Marketplace: Red Hat Marketplace Select. With this, besides having easy access to curated, pre-approved software, you can track your people's usage and spending of all the software deployed across hybrid cloud environments.

Metering is also enabled for all Marketplace software, providing granular visibility into actual usage and spending patterns, helping to minimize waste and address financial risks associated with end-of-year software audits customers will also now have greater choice of pricing models.

Red Hat Marketplace allows products to be offered with hourly pricing, enabling experimentation and agility in early-stage development projects.

Lars Herrmann, senior director, Technology Partnerships, Red Hat said: “We believe that removing the operational barriers to deploy and manage new tools and technologies can help organizations become more agile in hybrid multicloud environments. The software available on Red Hat Marketplace is tested, certified and supported on Red Hat OpenShift to enable built-in management logic and streamline implementation processes. This helps customers run faster with automated deployments while enjoying the improved scalability, security, and orchestration capabilities of Kubernetes-native infrastructure.”

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