IBM, Red Hat Team for OpenStack
March 20, 2017
and Red Hat have begun a strategic collaboration designed to help
enterprises benefit from the OpenStack platform’s speed and economics
while more easily extending their existing Red Hat virtualized and cloud
workloads to the IBM Private Cloud.
As part of this new collaboration, IBM has become a Red Hat Certified
Cloud and Service Provider, giving clients greater confidence that they
can use Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Ceph Storage on IBM
Private Cloud when the offering launches for general availability at the
end of March 2017.
Additionally, as part of the agreement, Red Hat Cloud Access will be
available for IBM Cloud by the end of Q2 2017, allowing Red Hat
customers to move eligible, unused Red Hat Enterprise Linux
subscriptions from their data center to a public, virtualized cloud
environment in IBM Cloud Data Centers worldwide. This enables companies
to better preserve and extend their Red Hat software investments while
providing the global scale and efficiency of IBM Cloud.
"Our collaboration with IBM is aimed at helping enterprise customers
more quickly and easily embrace hybrid cloud,” said Radhesh Balakrishnan,
General Manager of OpenStack, Red Hat. “Now, customers who don’t have
in-house expertise to manage an OpenStack infrastructure can more
confidently consume Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Ceph Storage
on IBM Private Cloud.”
Leading hybrid cloud application management company Cloudsoft is already
using the service in beta and has deployed its Red Hat Enterprise Linux
workloads in the IBM Private Cloud.
“Deploying our Cloudsoft Application Management Platform (AMP) on IBM
Bluemix Private Cloud with Red Hat has been effortless for us,” said
Duncan Johnston-Watt, CEO of Cloudsoft Corporation. “We’re getting cost
and efficiency benefits of running on the public cloud with added
security features, control and performance of a leading private cloud
key benefits that customers can expect from the joint offerings include:
- IBM and Red Hat will provide
the hybrid cloud infrastructure to help customers more efficiently
run cloud applications using OpenStack APIs.
- Clients will have the ability
to more quickly provision cloud infrastructure and, via Red Hat
Cloud Access, migrate existing workloads and Red Hat subscriptions
to IBM Cloud or use the software and infrastructure on a
- Companies can have additional
reach and scale to more easily start locally and scale globally with
cloud capabilities and to more easily comply with data residency and
other regulatory mandates.
IBM and Red Hat plan to jointly market and sell the new offerings for
private cloud deployments, including workload migrations, disaster
recovery, capacity expansion and data center consolidation.
“A cloud-first strategy has become the new normal for a majority of our
enterprise clients worldwide who are leveraging IBM Cloud as a key
driver for digital transformation," said Zane Adam, vice president, IBM
Cloud. “The strategic collaboration between IBM and Red Hat is designed
to enable clients to more easily adopt open source products and
OpenStack cloud software while preserving their existing investments and
creating new business opportunities.”