Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) has joined Hewlett-Packard's (NYSE: HPQ) HP Enterprise Services Technology Alliance program. The move essentially confirms that HP is building a range of on-premises and cloud services atop Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and JBoss middleware software.

According to a prepared statement, examples of HP leveraging Red Hat technology include:
  • HP Service Orchestration Manager, which is designed to create, orchestrate, and monitor SOA services;
  • HP SDP Service Governance Framework, which offers API management for registration, authentication, authorization and entitlement for support IT and third party application developers;
  • HP Storefront and Mobility Gateway, which offers an end-to-end mobility application solution for Communication Service Providers; and
  • HP Aggregation Platform for SaaS, which provides a common foundation for multiple as-a-service offerings. It covers such areas as provisioning, activation, reporting, service usage and revenue settlement.
Admittedly, the HP-Red Hat relationship isn't new. The two companies have worked together for multiple years. But the strengthening HP-Red Hat relationship should not be overlooked. HP's cloud strategy includes public, private and hybrid components -- and those components increasingly leverage open source technologies.

Even while HP continues to promote Windows desktops and servers, the company has continued to differentiate with a range of open source and alternative platforms.  The HP Public Cloud, for instance, leverages OpenStack. And earlier today, HP launched its first the Pavilion 14 Chromebook, the company's first cloud-centric notebook running Google's Chrome OS.

Strategic relationships remain critical to HP as the company continues to navigate business changes and revenue challenges. HP cloud computing leader Zorawar "Biri" Singh exited the company in January 2013, and CEO Meg Whitman has been striving to make the company more efficient and innovative. HP's next earnings statement is expected Feb. 21, 2013.

Red Hat, meanwhile, continues to leverage VARs and channel partners more and more. The open source company recently updated its channel strategy during the Red Hat North America Partner Conference, held in San Diego.