Red Hat and Drupal Announce New Support/Training Offerings
- By Terrence Dorsey
There are a lot of open-source solutions that would be perfect for enterprise use, if only you had a reliable support and training partner to back up your development efforts. Two recent announcements aim to change that dynamic:
Red Hat Cloud Access
Enterprise Linux vendor Red Hat recently announced its Red Hat Cloud Access support program. This program lets customers migrate their Red Hat Enterprise Linux installations between existing physical servers and Amazon EC2 cloud deployments while maintaining their support relationship. The key element of Red Hat Cloud Access, according to the company, is continuity of support as customers embrace cloud computing with Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
There are some important caveats to the program: Red Hat Cloud Access enrollment is only available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux Advanced Platform Premium or Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server Premium subscriptions with Red Hat, and only for active, unused subscriptions. In addition, you'll need a minimum of 25 active subscriptions to qualify.
Amazon EC2 cloud deployments are based on Red Hat-provided base images, and Red Hat provides updates for those EC2 deployments as well.
Drupal Training from Acquia
Going into the DrupalCon conference, Acquia announced a global training program for developers using the Drupal open-source "social publishing system." Acquia is developing the training curriculum for Drupal developers and site designers. In addition, Acquia will accredit partners to provide training directly to customers.
Chapter Three is the first training program partner announced, and additional training partners are being sought out.
Drupal is a free, open-source content management system (CMS) used as a back-end framework for wikis, blogs, and even enterprise-scale sites including whitehouse.gov.
Terrence Dorsey is a technical writer, editor and content strategist specializing in technology and software development. Over the last 25-plus years he has worked on developer-focused projects at ESPN, The Code Project, and Microsoft. Read his blog at http://terrencedorsey.com or follow @tpdorsey on Twitter.