Amazon is to sell Red Hat Enterprise Linux on demand to firms.
Red Hat has announced the beta availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux via the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) web service.
This collaboration delivers all the capabilities of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, including the Red Hat Network management service, technical support and more than 3,400 certified applications for the OS.
The service allows customers to pay only for the infrastructure software services and capacity that they actually use, said Red Hat.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux on Amazon EC2 enables customers to increase or decrease capacity within minutes, removing the need to over-buy software and hardware capacity as a set of resources to handle periodic spikes in demand.
Red Hat will provide technical support and maintenance of Red Hat Enterprise Linux on Amazon EC2. This is the first commercially supported operating system available on Amazon EC2.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux on Amazon EC2 is currently available as a private beta, with public beta availability planned later this year.
Base prices are £9.50 per user plus hourly compute usage rates.