Red Hat Expands Reach into Universities and Research Institutes

Red Hat has opened a new subscription model for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (and other products) to academic institutions for low cost licenses.

Over the past year, Red Hat has done everything possible to expand its user base. So far, however, this expansion has focused on businesses, nonprofits and organizations. small production workloads. But a recent decision by the company makes it clear that it wants to be the Linux distro for users of all types.

Red Hat has realized that colleges, universities, and other academic institutions face some rather unique challenges. One of those issues is having the budget to build a reliable IT infrastructure while avoiding issues such as vendor bottlenecks, rising costs, and non-scalable and unsustainable environments.

Ergo, Red Hat’s academic membership program.

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Historically, Red Hat has offered a low-cost option for academic institutions, but it was only available to degree-granting entities. From now on, a much wider range of research entities and adjacent academic entities can enter the program.

In a collaboration with Boston University, Red Hat recognized that “academic and research organizations are key members of the open source community, helping to spur open innovation as well as training the next generation of IT leaders.” The company went on to say, “We want the rising tide of open source to lift all boats, so to speak, which means we want to be able to more effectively support all organizations in these areas. ”

To this end, Red Hat wishes to help support scientists, researchers, educators and other academic contributors “for the next breakthrough, from healthcare to epidemiology, to climate change and renewable energy. “.

This last statement is very revealing. Red Hat wants to be there to help science solve the biggest problems the world faces, and it recognizes that those at the forefront of such exploration are not always funded by massive companies with huge budgets.

This is the kind of altruism that IT needs most.

The caveat about this is that Red Hat Academic pricing is not free. These institutions will still have to pay for a license, and pricing is not entirely straightforward. The pricing model is based on full-time equivalent (FTE) employees, which are calculated as follows:

Full-time teachers + Part-time teachers / 3 + Full-time staff + Part-time staff / 2

Here is the example proposed by Red Hat:

If you have 2,000 full-time professors, 1,500 part-time professors, 1,000 full-time employees, and 500 part-time employees, the number of FTEs is calculated as: 2,000 + (1,500 3) + 1 000 + (500 ÷ 2) = 3,750 FTE.

You can purchase two different support level licenses:

  • Standard: $ 34 per FTE
  • Premium: $ 55 per FTE

The Academic Site Membership provides single campus access to the following Red Hat products:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • Red Hat Virtualization
  • Red Hat OpenStack
  • Red Hat CloudForms
  • Red Hat Gluster Storage
  • Red Hat Information

The subscription can be used by faculty, staff and students in production and non-production (within the institution) environments. With this infrastructure, these institutions can:

  • Run business applications.
  • Modernize legacy applications.
  • Get unified control management.
  • Improve interoperability between suppliers.
  • Create public, private, and hybrid clouds.

Red Hat takes this step seriously. This is not a half measure to appease the academic gods, but to allow these institutions to do serious work at a seriously reduced cost.

Institutions eligible for Red Hat Academic Offerings include:

  • Accredited institutions recognized by the US Department of Education.
  • Educational institutions, such as an elementary or secondary school, college or university (which has a regular study program, a regular faculty and a regularly enrolled student body and present in a place where educational activities are regularly carried out ).

To find out if your institution is eligible for the Red Hat Academic Membership Program, visit Database of accredited post-secondary institutions and programs.

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