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IBM and Red Hat expand partnership to accelerate journeys to the cloud

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As I meet with clients all over the world, it is clear that all cloud transformation journeys are not exactly the same. Clients want choices.

So it is very exciting for me to share that today, at the Red Hat Summit, we announced an expansion of our long-standing partnership with Red Hat by certifying our private cloud platform, IBM Cloud Private; IBM middleware including WebSphere, MQ and Db2; and other key IBM software to run on Red Hat Enterprise Linux via Red Hat’s OpenShift container platform.

What exactly does this announcement mean to our clients? Clients who have already selected OpenShift as their container platform can now bring IBM Cloud Private, our middleware and the catalog included with IBM Cloud Private, and run it right on top. This makes it easier for applications built on IBM middleware to run on environments in which Red Hat OpenShift is installed. Clients who have made significant investments in their applications using IBM middleware can protect those investments and carry their apps and middleware forward without disruption.

IBM Cloud Private provides the platform necessary to run next-generation data and software by providing the underlying containers, logging, auditing and encryption services. The architecture is compatible with many public cloud platforms, supporting easy portability and integration, allowing existing software to run on other cloud providers.

We’ve learned our clients aren’t moving to just a single cloud. We’ve given them a choice: our IBM Cloud Private and our public cloud with Watson Cloud Platform, presented as “One Cloud.” This choice allows them to move workloads to the most effective platform for cost, elasticity and scale. Our clients are able to transform applications into cloud-native microservices that can be managed across multiple clouds and use governance capabilities to manage data more effectively, all on their own timetable.

One of the benefits of this expanded partnership is a collaboration on consultancy and implementation services that makes use of the IBM Cloud Garage and Red Hat Global Services to get clients started on their application modernization journeys. Clients can start with a Discovery Session that identifies business and transformation needs, prioritizes applications and outlines a modernization roadmap. That’s followed by a Solution Initiation Workshop for IBM Cloud Private and Red Hat OpenShift to build out the initial container platform and developer environment and containerize the first applications on the new platform. Enablement will also become available to get client teams up to speed on operations and modernization tasks.

Learn more about the expanded IBM and Red Hat partnership.

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