At Red Hat Summit 2012, long-time partners IBM and Red Hat showcase cost-effective, open source solutions to help “Transform Your IT”
At IBM, we know you can’t have open source without choice, and there is no choice without committed partners and a rich ecosystem.
As we look forward to Red Hat Summit 2012, and Red Hat celebrates the 10-year anniversary of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, I am so pleased that IBM will be the Premier Sponsor of the event taking place on June 26 - 29 in Boston at the Hynes Convention Center.
In the late 1990s, IBM made the decision to fully support Linux, and formed a partnership with Red Hat that has only strengthened over time. While Linux is now considered a mainstay of enterprise IT, it was the introduction of Red Hat Enterprise Linux as well as IBM’s commitment to the open source operating system in the enterprise that were major factors in Linux being taken seriously for business. Offering full support capabilities and ready to run in an enterprise environment, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, introduced 10 years ago, was the first real commercial, business-focused release. And IBM was right there with Red Hat. Basically, Red Hat runs on IBM, and IBM runs on Red Hat.
From the beginning, IBM and Red Hat shared a vision for Linux in the enterprise and we have furthered that vision by maintaining complementary interests that don’t overlap or compete with one another in major areas. By staying independent of one another, but working jointly, we have been able to make the Linux ecosystem richer and stronger. During our 12-plus years of collaboration, IBM and Red Hat have focused on a large number of Linux projects, and a large number of joint customers around the world.
The Partnership Advances
But technology and even partnerships must grow and change to remain meaningful. And so, the IBM-Red Hat story is also moving forward from the initial focus on the open source operating system to also include advancements such as open source virtualization.
Following the emergence of x86 hardware support for virtualization in the mid-2000s and, more recently, the creation of the KVM (Kernel-based Virtualization Machine) project, Red Hat and IBM started investing development resources in the KVM open source community, to accelerate the adoption of open virtualization alternatives. IBM and Red Hat are both founding partners of the Open Virtualization Alliance, which is dedicated to fostering awareness and market adoption of open virtualization and KVM.
The launch of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 is a testament to our companies’ significant investment in virtualization. If you virtualize with KVM and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, you want to do it on IBM System x. For example, as a new joint IBM-Red Hat case study shows, LetterGen, an IT services provider in Belgium, migrated from VMware to Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, along with Red Hat Enterprise Linux as the core operating system, and as a result, was able to reduce costs by 67%, increase utilization, optimize system maintenance and improve service levels all around.
Transform Your IT
It is apt that the theme of the upcoming Summit is “Transform Your IT” because that is just what IBM and Red Hat have been helping our joint customers do - and that is why I am really looking forward to this year’s Red Hat Summit. There will be wonderful networking opportunities for our clients and business partners to get to know one another better and great presentations from thought leaders and technical experts.
One you won't want to miss is a keynote on Tuesday, June 26, at 5:30 pm in the Main Hall, on “Open Technologies for the Next Era of Computing”. This presentation will be delivered by Robert LeBlanc, Senior Vice President, IBM Software Group. As you may know already, Robert has long advocated IBM’s participation in the open source community, and, when serving as Vice President of IBM Software Strategy, was responsible for crafting the Linux strategy for IBM.
Of course, IBM will also have a booth and there will be additional sessions covering how hardware and software solutions from IBM and Red Hat provide solutions for a Smarter Planet. The entire IBM product line is enabled for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, making it easy for businesses to reduce complexity, lower costs and take advantage of the power of open standards. Technology from IBM System z, IBM PowerLinux, IBM System x and IBM BladeCenter will be profiled, demonstrating the latest IBM solutions for cloud computing, open virtualization, and systems management. In addition, IBM will be showcasing IBM PureSystems, a new family of expert integrated systems, optimized for performance, virtualized for efficiency, designed for cloud.
I will also moderate a panel discussion on Wednesday, June 27 at 10:40 am in Room #309. Titled “KVM on IBM System x – Leverage the Ecosystem!,” we’ll talk with members of the open virtualization ecosystem about why KVM and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization work so well on IBM System x, and about the business value your organization can get out of these solutions. Participating in the discussion will be Wes Ganeko, IBM STG North American System x Sales Executive; Dmitri Joukovski, Vice President of Product Management, Acronis; Carl Trieloff, Director Open Source and Standards, Senior Consulting Engineer, Red Hat; and Dr. Gilad Zlotkin, VP Virtualization & Management Products, Radware.
I hope you will join us at the Red Hat Summit 2012 and take part in advancing the story of open source IT innovation for the future!
You can learn more about IBM’s participation at the Summit here.
The Open Virtualization Alliance will be at Red Hat Summit in booth #2432.
If you have not registered yet for the Summit, there is still time. Register here.
We’ll also be tweeting about our activities at Red Hat Summit 2012 – so follow us on Twitter at: @OpenKVM.
Jean Staten Healy
Director, Worldwide Linux and Open Virtualization, IBM