Why Red Hat?

As the world's leading provider of open source solutions, Red Hat helps create and refine the technology that emerges from community-powered innovation. We gather the most innovative and useful projects, exterminate the bugs, and standardize everything for enterprise use. Then we take responsibility for it by supporting it.

Community innovation. Enterprise reliability.

Red Hat is a pioneer and constant catalyst of the open source movement. And our customers know us as the rock-solid IT foundation of their enterprises. How do we do it? By following a straightforward, proven approach: unifying, simplifying, and certifying.


We participate in promising open source projects and determine which bits best serve enterprise needs. We gather the code and connect developer communities to the customers who need their innovations.


We freeze a stable version of a code base. Then we test it, remove bugs, modify it to be secure, and harden it for enterprise use. When we know it will work―after it has been benchmarked against enterprise and security requirements―a project becomes a product, and we release a standardized version tailored for enterprise use.


We test and certify that thousands of mainstream applications will work with our software on dozens of hardware platforms. We provide our software via subscription, along with access to our Knowledgebase, 24x7 service, support, and an enduring direct connection to the creators and other users of your technology.

What Red Hat customers are saying

"We meet with Red Hat engineers on a regular basis to discuss key projects as well as initiatives we’re considering in the future. That’s why they’re more than a vendor… That’s why their products continue to provide such significant value to our business." Read the case study

Lans Carstensen, principal engineer, DreamWorks Animation

"Since the environment we have created is rooted in open source standards, it will allow us to grow our middleware platform at a rational cost and allow us to focus on delivering applications to our business." Read the case study

– Jamie Williams, IT director, Sprint

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Our solutions cover 5 primary technology areas. Learn more about each:

Cloud computing    |    Middleware    |   Operating system    |    Storage   |    Virtualization