What is an open hybrid cloud strategy?

An open hybrid approach allows you to integrate the best features and functions from any cloud, or traditional IT environment, and tap the unmatched pace and quality of innovations from the open source community.

Business solutions to meet your needs

Cloud managed services

Simplify complex hybrid IT management for greater visibility, manageability and flexibility.

Business continuity

Enable resilient models to mitigate risks and help ensure business continuity.

IBM Cloud Satellite™

Deploy and run apps consistently across on-premises, edge computing and public cloud environments from any cloud vendor.

IBM Cloud® for VMware Solutions

Modernize your VMware workloads and applications with IBM Cloud®.

Hybrid cloud storage solutions

Seamlessly deploy container-enabled enterprise storage across on-premises and cloud storage environments.

Linux server solutions

Optimize your IT infrastructure — on-premises and in the cloud — with the flexibility and control that comes with open source development.

Our hybrid approach

IBM Hybrid Cloud Platform

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Our approach to hybrid cloud

Built on a foundation of Red Hat® OpenShift®, the IBM hybrid cloud architecture enables you to build and run with consistency across cloud, on-premises and edge environments.

Cloud infrastructure

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The right infrastructure for your hybrid cloud

With the right cloud infrastructure, IaaS, and on-premises infrastructure, you gain security and resiliency across your hybrid cloud.

Red Hat OpenShift

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IBM and Red Hat: Choice and control, in your hands

Red Hat OpenShift is the market-leading multicloud container platform. It is designed to help you build once, deploy and manage anywhere.

Hybrid cloud software

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Modernize, predict, automate and secure your business

Our hybrid cloud software is uniquely designed to help you implement intelligent workflows in your business by unlocking the intelligence of AI and the agility of hybrid cloud.

IBM Services for cloud

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Access new skills, methods and deep industry experts

IBM has the most qualified and experienced practitioners and the largest ecosystem for hybrid environments — and IBM Garage™ services deliver an average 102% ROI.²

Why IBM for your hybrid cloud approach

What’s your hybrid cloud advantage?

The new generation of hybrid cloud provides a common platform across all of your cloud, on-premises and edge environments. That means you can skill once, build once and manage from a single pane of glass. IBM provides you with the most comprehensive and consistent approach to development, security and operations across hybrid environments.

In fact, our hybrid cloud approach can offer up to 2.5x more value than a public cloud-only approach. With our hybrid cloud value calculator, you can determine the value that a hybrid cloud approach can bring to your business.

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Value trajectory with hybrid cloud adoption


A hybrid multicloud platform drives 2.5 times more value than a single-cloud approach.⁴


Accelerate development by up to 66% using IBM and Red Hat solutions together.⁵


More than 90% of Fortune 500 companies trust Red Hat.⁶

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¹ IBM survey of more than 150 top enterprise executives, 2019
² The Total Economic Impact™ Of IBM Garage, Forrester, October 2020
³,⁴ The hybrid cloud platform advantage (PDF, 332 KB), IBM Institute for Business Value, June 2020
⁵ The Total Economic Impact of Using Both IBM and Red Hat Solutions Together, Forrester, June 2019
Client data and Fortune 500 list (Link resides outside, Red Hat, June 2020