Chapter 1. Introduction to the Red Hat hardware certification program

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Use this guide to understand the certification process, the policies pertaining to hardware certification, and the process followed by the Red Hat Hardware Certification Team to create hardware test plans.

1.1. Audience

The Red Hat Hardware Certification Program Policy Guide is intended for hardware vendors interested in certifying hardware with Red Hat. A strong working knowledge of Red Hat Enterprise Linux is required. A Red Hat Certified Engineer accreditation is preferred and suggested before participating.

1.2. Overview of the program

The Red Hat Hardware Certification Program provides a formal means for you to work with Red Hat to establish official support for your hardware. Certified hardware is supported by Red Hat’s Global Support Services (GSS) and is published in the Red Hat Certification Ecosystem Catalog.

During the certification process, Red Hat engineers create a test plan that defines the hardware criteria required to achieve certification. Red Hat engineers follow the process described in Overview of test plan to create a test plan suitable for your hardware specifications.

A description of the hardware certification process can be found in the Overview of certification process.

1.3. Certification prerequisites

To verify that you are eligible to join the Hardware Certification Program, a summary of the most important policies are as follows:

  • Red Hat certifies hardware models, but not specific configurations of a model. You must test all optional hardware configurations that are designated as part of the same model.
  • You must test your hardware on a standard installation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) with no special configuration or additional software. Do not install drivers that are not provided by Red Hat.
  • Certifications are currently available for:

    • RHEL versions 8 and 9.
    • Red Hat OpenStack Platform for compute nodes and bare metal.
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux for Real Time versions 8 and 9.
    • Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform for working nodes and IPI systems.
    • Red Hat Virtualization 4.

The IBM Power (little endian) architecture requires an approved collaborative partnership established to be eligible for certification. Consult your engineering partner manager (EPM) for more information.

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