IBM Builds Multicloud Strategy on Red Hat

Following its $34 billion Red Hat acquisition, IBM builds its multicloud strategy on a foundation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, OpenShift and IBM middleware.

August 1, 2019

3 Min Read
  • IBM software products now cloud-native for public and private clouds

  • Enterprises can now build mission-critical applications once and run them on all leading public clouds or private cloud

  • Sprint turns to IBM and Red Hat to transform their business for the cloud era


ARMONK, N.Y. – IBM today announced that it has transformed its software portfolio to be cloud-native and optimized it to run on Red Hat OpenShift. Enterprises can now build mission-critical applications once and run them on all leading public clouds, including AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, Alibaba and IBM Cloud and on private clouds.

The new cloud-native capabilities will be delivered as pre-integrated solutions called IBM Cloud Paks. The IBM-certified and containerized software will provide a common operating model and common set of services – including identity management, security, monitoring and logging – and are designed to improve visibility and control across clouds through a unified and intuitive dashboard.

IBM also announced today:

Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Cloud: A flexible, fully-managed service of OpenShift on IBM's public cloud – deployable in one-click with automated resiliency, data compliance, and security – to help enterprises modernize and migrate to a hybrid cloud infrastructure.

Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Z and LinuxONE: IBM will bring Red Hat OpenShift to their enterprise systems, IBM Z and LinuxONE, which collectively power more than 30 billion transactions a day globally. IBM already supports OpenShift on its Power Systems and Storage.

Consulting and technology services for Red Hat: New IBM services delivered by the world's largest team of Red Hat certified-consultants and more than 80,000 practitioners to help clients advise, move, build, and manage their workloads to cloud environments.

The software and services announced today will be delivered on IBM's hybrid multicloud platform. It is built on open source technologies, including Red Hat OpenShift, the industry's most comprehensive enterprise Kubernetes platform, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, the world's leading enterprise Linux platform. As a result, clients can select the best architecture and approach to address the most critical application, data and workload requirements for their business.

Transforming IBM software to support mission-critical apps anywhere
The basis of IBM Cloud Paks are more than 100 products from across IBM's expansive software portfolio optimized to run on Red Hat OpenShift. The Cloud Paks provide full software support and help protect the entire stack—from hardware to applications – to help clients rapidly migrate, integrate and modernize mission-critical applications on any cloud. They are easily deployed, delivered as packages tailored for specific client use cases.

The first five IBM Cloud Paks are available today and include:

Cloud Pak for Data to simplify and automate how organizations deliver insights from their data and provide an open and extensible architecture to virtualize data for AI 500 percent faster.

Cloud Pak for Applications to help businesses modernize, build, deploy and run applications.

Cloud Pak for Integration to help integrate apps, data, cloud services and APIs.

Cloud Pak for Automation to help transform business processes, decisions and content.

Cloud Pak for Multicloud Management to provide multicloud visibility, governance and automation.

Clients building the future with IBM and Red Hat
Across industries, businesses can leverage IBM's hybrid multicloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift-enabled IBM software to help transform their organizations from the inside out to increase their competitive advantage.

Sprint turned to the IBM Cloud Pak for Data to help it better understand and prepare for upcoming network technologies, like 5G.

"We tapped into the IBM Cloud Pak for Data to take advantage of Watson Studio and Machine Learning," said Michele Gehl, vice president, OSS Applications & Operations, at Sprint. "With this container-based platform, we're able to build models quickly to generate insights about client-facing issues from diverse datasets and respond accordingly." Gehl said the new Cloud Pak for Data System appears to be a great way to add AI into an existing infrastructure quickly.


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