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Targeting Hybrid Cloud Sector, Red Hat and IBM Announce Expanded Collaboration

This week at the Red Hat Summit, Red Hat Inc. has announced a handful of collaborations, partnerships and roadmaps, among them its plans to focus on the hybrid cloud sector by expanding the company's relationship with technology juggernaut IBM Corp.

As container technology becomes more reliable to move apps across multiple IT environments, IBM recently moved to container-optimize its core enterprise software, including WebSphere, MQ Series and Db2. Combining Red Hat's cloud-native and hybrid cloud infrastructure solutions with IBM's containerized software, the two companies hope to "provide a clear pathway for enterprises to adopt hybrid cloud computing."

As Paul Cormier, president of Products and Technologies at Red Hat, said in a prepared statement, “Today’s enterprises need a succinct roadmap for digital transformation, as well as confidence in deployment consistency across every IT footprint. By extending our long-standing collaboration with IBM, we’re bringing together two leading enterprise application platforms in Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform and IBM Cloud Private and adding the power of IBM’s software and cloud solutions. Together, we’re providing customers with a supported, consistent offering across their computing environments.”

According to the announcement, the agreement will allow IBM and Red Hat customers to use Red Hat OpenShift and IBM Cloud Private as a "common foundation" to move more easily to a hyrid cloud environment. Having a single view of all enterprise data, customers will be able to build and deploy containerized apps on a single, integrated platform, IBM Cloud Private. On the developer side, IBM and Red Hat claim that developers will be able to design and deploy new apps more quickly because devs will have aritifical intelligence, Internet of Things and blockchain cloud-based services available to them with IBM Cloud Private on the Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.

"With IBM's recent move to containerize its middleware, today's landmark partnership between IBM and Red Hat provides customers with more choice and flexibility. Our common vision for hybrid cloud using container architectures allows millions of enterprises –- from banks, to airlines, to government organizations -- to access leading technology from both companies without having to choose between public and private cloud," said Arvind Krishna, senior vice president, IBM Hybrid Cloud, in a prepared statement.

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Wendy Hernandez is group managing editor for the 1105 Enterprise Computing Group.

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