Open innovation accelerated with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8

By and Jens Voelker | 1 minute read | May 7, 2019

On IBM Power Systems, IBM Z and LinuxONE

For more than 18 years, IBM and Red Hat have had a strong history of collaboration, including delivering the world’s two most powerful supercomputers, the US Dept of Energy’s Summit and Sierra supercomputers. This partnership has been a testament to our shared values around open source development and collaboration.

Our partnership with Red Hat has enabled us to bring clients flexible, cost-effective and open source cloud-based infrastructure solutions, backed with security, reliability and support. Today at the Red Hat Summit in Boston, Red Hat launched Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8.0, the latest version of the leading enterprise Linux platform. This version includes new memory, performance and virtualization enhancements as well as new drivers.

RHEL delivers an enterprise Linux platform for IBM Power Systems, IBM Z and IBM LinuxONE systems. Clients will be able to access RHEL 8.0’s enterprise class features and support while tapping into the security, scalability and reliability of IBM’s enterprise server platforms.

Our POWER8 and POWER9 GPU-enabled servers will continue to run on RHEL 7.6 until GPU support is available for RHEL 8.

Additionally, RHEL 8.0 will offer new capabilities including full support of pervasive encryption for data at rest on both Z and LinuxONE; faster communication between workloads through Shared Memory Communication (SMC) which is very beneficial when Linux runs co-located with z/OS on IBM Z; and support for NVMe solid state disk storage on LinuxONE.

With RHEL 8.0 enabled and supported for IBM Power Systems, IBM Z and IBM LinuxONE solutions, clients will be able to manage mission-critical, data-intensive workloads both on-premises and in the cloud, as well as build, deploy and manage containerized apps.