RALEIGH – SAS and Red Hat – parners in a variety of projects – are expanding their relationship to bring more analytical data power and control to customers across private and public cloud computing efforts.

The so-called hybrid cloud effort is seen as a way to encourage more enterprises to take analytics beyond private infrastructure and to maintain control of where analytics are being run.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

SAS also said it would create a “center of excellence” to focus on the efforts with “joint engineering.”

“Yes, it is a partnership,” a SAS spokesperson sas.

“No new jobs specific to this at this time.”

The emphasis is on the Red Hat OpenShift platform and “containers” which include data enterprises upload to the cloud.

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“The collaboration between SAS and Red Hat combines market leading analytics with the industry’s most comprehensive enterprise Kubernetes platform in Red Hat OpenShift, helping to accelerate customer adoption of analytics across the hybrid cloud,” said Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst.

Kubernetes “is an open-source container-orchestration system for automating application deployment, scaling, and management. It was originally designed by Google, and is now maintained by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation,” explains Wikipedia.

Red Hat says its OpenShift platform “is a leading hybrid cloud, enterprise Kubernetes application platform, trusted by 1000+ organizations.”

“Combining the flexibility and scalability of SAS’ No. 1 AI and advanced analytics platform with the portability of Red Hat OpenShift, the most secure implementation of Kubernetes on the market, moves digital transformation from drawing board to finishing the last mile,” said SAS CEO Jim Goodnight in the announcement.

SAS supports “flexible” cloud use of analytics- and control – through its Viya platform.

“Optimizing the cloud-native design of SAS Viya in Red Hat OpenShift gives customers choice and control across hybrid environments,” the companies explained.

The news was announced at the All Things Open conference in Raleigh.

SAS is based in Cary.

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