IBM fuses its software with Red Hat’s to launch hybrid-cloud juggernaut

Big Blue starts a potentially huge run at hybrid cloud

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2 August 2019 | 0

IBM has wasted no time aligning its own software with its newly acquired Red Hat technoloogy, saying its portfolio would be transformed to work cloud natively and augmented to run on Red Hat’s OpenShift platform.

IBM in July finalised its $34 billion purchase of Red Hat and says it will use the Linux powerhouse’s open-source know-how and Linux expertise to grow larger scale hybrid-cloud customer projects and to create a web of partnerships to simplify carrying them out.

The effort has started with IBM bundling Red Hat’s Kubernetes-based OpenShift Container Platform with more than 100 IBM products in what it calls Cloud Paks. OpenShift lets enterprise customers deploy and manage containers on their choice of infrastructure of choice, be it private or public clouds, including AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, Alibaba and IBM Cloud.

The prepackaged Cloud Paks include a secured Kubernetes container and containerised IBM middleware designed to let customers quickly spin-up enterprise-ready containers, the company said. 

Five Cloud Paks exist today: Cloud Pak for Data, Application, Integration, Automation and Multicloud Management. The Paks will ultimately include IBM’s DB2, WebSphere, API Connect, Watson Studio, Cognos Analytics and more.

In addition, IBM said it will bring the Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform over to IBM Z mainframes and IBM LinuxONE. Together these two platforms power about 30 billion transactions a day globally, IBM said.  Some of the goals here are to increase container density and help customers build containerised applications that can scale vertically and horizontally.

“The vision is for OpenShift-enabled IBM software to become the foundational building blocks clients can use to transform their organisations and build across hybrid, multicloud environments,” Hillery Hunter, VP & CTO IBM Cloud said in an IBM blog about the announcement.

OpenShift is the underlying Kubernetes and Container orchestration layer that supports the containerized software, she wrote, and placing the Cloud Paks atop Red Hat OpenShift gives IBM a broad reach immediately. “OpenShift is also where the common services such as logging, metering, and security that IBM Cloud Paks leverage let businesses effectively manage and understand their workloads,” Hunter stated.

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