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IBM transitions software portfolio to be cloud-native

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IBM has transformed its software portfolio to be cloud-native and optimised it to run on Red Hat OpenShift.

According to IBM, enterprises can now build mission-critical applications once and run them on all leading public clouds, including AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, Alibaba and IBM Cloud and on private clouds.

The new cloud-native capabilities will be delivered as pre-integrated solutions called IBM Cloud Paks. The IBM-certified and containerised software will provide a common operating model and common set of services – including identity management, security, monitoring and logging – and are designed to improve visibility and control across clouds together with a unified and intuitive dashboard.

“IBM is unleashing its software from the data center to fuel the enterprise workload race to the cloud. This will further position IBM the industry leader in the more than $1 trillion hybrid cloud opportunity,” said Arvind Krishna, senior vice president, Cloud and Cognitive Software, IBM. “We are providing the essential tools enterprises need to make their multi-year journey to cloud on common, open standards that can reach across clouds, across applications and across vendors with Red Hat.”

The software and services announced, which include more than 100 products from across IBM’s expansive software portfolio optimised to run on Red Hat OpenShift, will be delivered on IBM’s hybrid multi-cloud platform. It is built on open source technologies, including Red Hat OpenShift, a comprehensive enterprise Kubernetes platform, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, an enterprise Linux platform. As a result, clients can select the best architecture and approach to address the most critical application, data and workload requirements for their business.

“Red Hat is unlocking innovation with Linux-based technologies, including containers and Kubernetes, which have become the fundamental building blocks of hybrid cloud environments,” said Jim Whitehurst, president and CEO, Red Hat. “This open hybrid cloud foundation is what enables the vision of any app, anywhere, anytime. Combined with IBM’s strong industry expertise and supported by a vast ecosystem of passionate developers and partners, customers can create modern apps with the technologies of their choice and the flexibility to deploy in the best environment for the app – whether that is on-premises or across multiple public clouds.”

The Cloud Paks provide full software support and help protect the entire stack—from hardware to applications – to help clients rapidly migrate, integrate and modernise mission-critical applications on any cloud. They are easily deployed, delivered as packages tailored for specific client use cases, and adding a consumption-based pricing model.

Across industries, businesses can leverage IBM’s hybrid multicloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift-enabled IBM software to help transform their organisations from the inside out to increase their competitive advantage.

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