CIQ and Google Cloud have partnered to deliver mutual clients with a direct and unified “best-in-class” Rocky Linux support experience. Gregory M. Kurtzer, one of the original CentOS founders, established and leads Rocky Linux, a community-maintained and publicly accessible enterprise Linux distribution.
Over a quarter of a million downloads and installs per month have been steady since the project’s inception. Rocky Linux is quickly expanding, and many major corporations have joined the community as partners.
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When Rocky Linux was originally published as a substitute for CentOS, Google was the first cloud service to distribute images (version 8 end-of-life was Dec. 31, 2021). Google Cloud was also one of the first hyperscalers to promote the Rocky Enterprise Software Foundation (RESF), an open-source group behind Rocky Linux. CIQ, the software infrastructure-focused company also started by Gregory Kurtzer, is the founding support and services partner for Rocky Linux.
“We asked ourselves, how do we bring the best value to everyone?” said Gregory Kurtzer, CEO of CIQ and Founder of Rocky Linux. “Through this partnership, anytime you use our Rocky Linux on Google Cloud, CIQ, in conjunction with Google, has your back. From the cloud platform itself, all the way through the enterprise operating system, every aspect of using Google Cloud is supported by a single call to Google, and together, we are your escalation team.”
Clients of Google Cloud may now use Google’s support to obtain help with Rocky Linux. Experts from CIQ and Google Cloud’s support teams collaborate to solve problems and provide enterprise-level assistance. Furthermore, CIQ and Google Cloud are collaborating to guarantee that Rocky Linux images on GCP have performance optimization, specific migration tools, and quicker support for specialized Google infrastructure.
CIQ, Google, AWS, Azure, VMware, Naver Cloud, and other cloud service providers are collaborating to form the Rocky Linux Cloud SIG, which will focus on optimizing, standardizing, and simplifying the Rocky Linux experience in the cloud.
“At Google Cloud, we are focused on delivering a great customer experience for enterprises by building a robust platform for running all Linux-based workloads,” said Venkat Gattamneni, Senior Product Manager for Google Cloud. “As customers move to Rocky Linux, partnering with CIQ enables the next step in providing an optimized and supported experience to our customers.”