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Red Hat and IBM strengthen their partnership to help customers adopt hybrid cloud

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At Red Hat Summit in San Francisco, Red Hat and IBM strengthened their two decades of partnership by integrating IBM’s containerized software and Red Hat’s hybrid cloud infrastructure, aimed to help customers of both companies to adopt hybrid cloud.

IBM will now extend the IBM Cloud Private, IBM Cloud Private for Data, and its middleware services to Red Hat’s OpenShift Container Platform.

The IBM Cloud Private platform helps companies to create on-premises cloud capabilities to speed up the app development. It is built on Kubernetes-based container architecture, and allows support for Docker and Cloud Foundry containers.

“Today’s enterprises need a succinct roadmap for digital transformation as well as confidence in deployment consistency across every IT footprint,” said Paul Cormier, President, Products and Technologies, Red Hat. “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.”

IBM’s private cloud platforms on Red Hat’s OpenShift will be interpreted as Red Hat Certified Containers. The companies said that it will help customers to gain benefits from speed and simplicity of IBM Cloud Private’s catalogue, deployment engine, and operational management on Red Hat’s OpenShift across all footprints of hybrid cloud.

The extended partnership will allow customers of both the companies to build and deploy containerized applications on a single integrated container platform.

Red Hat OpenShift and IBM Cloud Private will serve as a common foundation for the customers and help them adopt the hybrid cloud more easily.

“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,” said Arvind Krishna, Senior Vice president, IBM Hybrid Cloud. “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.”

With IBM Cloud Private on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, developers will be able to take advantage of IBM’s cloud-native services like AI, IoT and blockchain to design and deploy the new apps.

In another blog post, IBM also announced the availability of IBM PowerAI, the enterprise-grade deep learning toolkit, on POWER9 and Red Hat operating system.

Also read: IBM accelerates AI adoption among enterprises with Watson Data Kits

The Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform on IBM Cloud is now available to Red Hat subscribers through the Red Hat Access solution.

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