There are many reasons for the recent purchase of Red Hat by IBM, but one of them became evident today: Big Blue has announced that it has packaged more than 100 products in its software portfolio in containers, designed for OpenShift of Red Hat 19659002] Linux-based application containers package applications and all their dependencies in individual virtual environments that can easily move between a variety of public and private clouds. This means that IBM applications can potentially run as easily on AWS, Azure or Alibaba as they would on the company's own public infrastructure.
"IBM is releasing its software from the data center to boost the business workload race to the cloud." said Arvind Krishna, senior cloud and cognitive material veep at IBM.
IBM containerized software will be included in something called & # 39; Cloud Paks & # 39 ;, integrating a container platform, IBM middleware and open source components, and common software services for development and administration.
The first five Cloud Paks were actually introduced in June, but at the time, OpenShift was not part of the equation.
OpenShift is an application container management platform, delivered as a service, powered by Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and Kubernetes. Since Red Hat does not sell any public cloud infrastructure, OpenShift has been independent of the provider from the beginning and presents advanced integrations with all the main flavors of the cloud, especially Azure.
Naturally, IBM will argue that its own public cloud, and its new fully managed OpenShift service, are the best tools for the job, but it's good to have options. According to the provider's own research, 85 percent of companies already operate multiple clouds, and by 2021 it will be 98 percent.
"We are providing the essential tools that companies need to make their multi-year journey to the cloud in open and common standards that can reach through clouds, applications and suppliers with Red Hat," said Krishna.
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The first Cloud Paks deal with data analysis issues , applications, integration, automation and management of multiple clouds. As we are talking about cloud software, they will be available in a price model based on consumption.
IBM has also announced that OpenShift will be ported to its mainframes IBM Z and LinuxONE, in addition to the IBM Power systems that already run Red Hat Software. It will support OpenShift and its brother Container Storage through its all-flash and software-defined storage hardware portfolio as well.
And finally, IBM said it is introducing consulting and technology services for Red Hat, an obvious move if you are IBM. The first four are application modernization, application migration, application development and private managed cloud.
We must keep in mind that Big Blue has been selling private cloud services based on Red Hat OpenStack since 2017, when IBM Cloud was still called Bluemix, but now the same configuration can be implemented in the data center itself client while IBM manages and operates it. ®
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