NEC, Red Hat deepen tech collab, set up Center of Excellence

NEC and Red Hat have expanded their global collaboration to drive IT modernisation and digital transformation on Red Hat OpenShift, which NEC as its preferred container platform for mission-critical applications.

This expansion will strengthen the technical cooperation between the two companies in this area, including the formation of a Center of Excellence and joint technology development.

NEC was recently announced as a Red Hat Premier Business Partner and was the first certified partner to support Red Hat OpenShift in Japan. Since then, NEC has emphasised helping customers to deploy and operate solutions on container applications, including Red Hat OpenShift.

The two companies plan to deliver solutions using Red Hat OpenShift to support NEC offerings such as Core DX, Global 5G, Digital Finance and Digital Government to customers globally. 

With Red Hat OpenShift in combination with NEC’s portfolio of solutions, customers can more effectively manage hybrid cloud, multicloud and edge deployments to meet their business needs and scale into the future. 

NEC and Red Hat are working together in the following areas to deliver greater support for global enterprise transformation.

One is the Collaborative Center of Excellence, which they will organise as a joint technical support system consisting of more than 100 personnel from both companies, mainly architects who are familiar with container technology and Red Hat products, so that customers can use NEC’s solutions together with Red Hat OpenShift with confidence. 

The two companies will contribute to improving the quality and reliability of customers’ IT system infrastructure and applications by consistently providing best practices in system design, technical support, and evaluation environments for deploying each solution. 

This will be the first Center of Excellence of its kind jointly offered by Red Hat and a Red Hat Premier Business Partner in Japan and one of the largest in Asia.

Another is joint technology development, including Kubernetes community collaboration and co-located global engineering resources in order to expand NEC’s solutions with Red Hat OpenShift. 

The companies intend to cooperate in providing end-to-end solutions with Red Hat OpenShift that reflect the requirements of mission-critical applications, such as improved availability and operational continuity and support services for mission-critical areas that can more quickly resolve customers’ technical issues. 

Supported by the above initiatives, NEC and Red Hat will develop a global market development strategy to accelerate the deployment of core DX, global 5G, and solutions for key industries such as digital finance and digital government. 

Matt Hicks, Red Hat president and CEO Matt Hicks said that as global enterprises use increasingly more complex systems and workloads to meet dynamic market demands, the need for abstraction and simplicity across their IT footprints becomes clear. 

“Our expanded collaboration with NEC focuses on simplifying a broad range of transformative enterprise initiatives by delivering solutions built on a single, standardized, innovation platform in Red Hat OpenShift,” said Hicks.