Diagram of IBM Cloud Pak System ecosystem

What is IBM Cloud Pak System?

IBM Cloud Pak™ System is a full stack, converged infrastructure, preintegrated with IBM Cloud™ Paks, VMware and Red Hat® software. It provides a virtualized cloud operating environment that can help you extend applications from the enterprise to any cloud.

Delivered in a form factor designed to be easy to install, manage and start, IBM Cloud Pak System provides you with a way to extend cloud solutions to your organization in less than a day. Accelerate development of application environments and maintain them with security-rich, enterprise-grade services. 

Accelerate modernization

IBM Cloud Pak System: Fast, open and scalable

Speed to market

If you seek multicloud agility in your datacenter, the IBM Cloud Pak System was designed for you. Redundant, failure-resistant hardware is integrated with a cloud operating system to help you bring your applications to market quickly and keep them available. Features include:

  • Scalable and consistent management of container and VM workloads across hybrid, multicloud environments
  • Automated, template-driven application provisioning and monitoring to maintain responsiveness as you build applications and move them to the cloud
  • Installation of IBM Cloud Paks and production-grade deployment of Red Hat® OpenShift® instances in minutes
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Adopt open technologies and act to minimize risk

IBM Cloud Pak System delivers a consistent operating model across clouds, standardized around open source technology. Embrace the open technologies your developers favor as part of an enterprise-grade solution.

  • Accelerate developer productivity with certified and security-rich open source software packages from the IBM enterprise catalog.
  • Use the preintegrated IBM Cloud Pak for Multicloud Management to manage workloads, from the enterprise outward, consistently across public and private clouds.
  • Use IBM Cloud Pak System as a control plane to manage Red Hat OpenShift clusters in all your clouds, public and private.
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Standardize scalability

IBM Cloud Pak System delivers an end-to-end application development and management environment covering both containers and virtual machines. IBM Cloud Pak System is compatible with any public or private cloud. It provides a single control point for management of the entire IT infrastructure, even as you add capacity.

  • Deploy Kubernetes and VM environments into isolated development and production zones in minutes.
  • Auto scale Kubernetes clusters and VMs non-disruptively.
  • Colocate VMs and Kubernetes workloads.
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Explore IBM Cloud Paks available for deployment on your IBM Cloud Pak System

Innovation at scale matters

It isn’t enough to have a world-shattering idea if you don’t have the technology infrastructure to support change and execute at scale.

Hurwitz & Associates, Understanding IBM’s Hybrid and Multicloud Strategy

IBM Cloud Pak System: A fully integrated, converged cloud infrastructure

  • Highly available hardware foundation includes CPU, memory storage and network.
  • Efficient VMware virtualization extends your hardware investments.
  • Integrated container platform features Red Hat Enterprise Linux® virtual machines, Red Hat OpenShift cloud platform, and container orchestration with Kubernetes.*
  • Robust management toolset helps you manage templates, users and security, maintenance and upgrades, and backup and disaster recovery.
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Extend the value of your IBM Cloud Pak System

IBM Cloud Paks

Explore enterprise-ready, containerized software solutions for applications, automation, data, integration and multicloud management.

IBM Marketplace

Shop the full IBM software portfolio, open source and third-party products on the IBM online store.

Client custom and legacy software

With IBM Cloud Pak System you can manage both modern and legacy applications, simultaneously and seamlessly.

Choose the right deployment option for your business

HDD-based Intel model

  • 32-320 cores – expansions available
  • 24 TB (HDD) storage – expansions available
  • VMware with support for IBM Cloud Private and Red Hat OpenShift
  • Optimal for any cloud application workloads on an Intel platform

SSD-based Intel model

  • 32-448 cores – expansions available
  • 25 TB (SSD) storage – expansions available
  • VMware with support for IBM Cloud Private and Red Hat OpenShift
  • Optimal for low-latency data-driven workloads on an Intel platform

HDD-based IBM Power® model

  • 40-200 cores – expansions available
  • 96 TB (HDD) storage – expansions available
  • IBM PowerVM® with support for IBM Cloud Private and Red Hat OpenShift
  • Optimal for any cloud application workloads on a Power® platform


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*Integration does not include a license for Red Hat OpenShift. Customers can supply their own, or get one with IBM Cloud Pak for Applications.