IBM turns its software-portfolio cloud native

The company's softwares would now be optimised to run on any cloud run on Red Hat's OpenShift platform.

The new cloud-native capabilities are said to be delivered as a pre-integrated set of solutions called IBM Cloud Paks. [representational image]
The new cloud-native capabilities are said to be delivered as a pre-integrated set of solutions called IBM Cloud Paks. [representational image]

In a statement to the press, IBM announced the shift of its software-portfolio to be cloud-native and optimised to run on Red Hat's containerisation software OpenShift. The shift in workflow would reportedly allow enterprises to build mission-critical apps once and run them on all public clouds—including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, Alibaba, and IBM Cloud, apart from private clouds as well.

The new cloud-native capabilities are said to be delivered as a pre-integrated set of solutions called IBM Cloud Paks, which would provide a common operating model and set of services—like identity management, security, monitoring, and logging—designed to "improve visibility and control across clouds together with a unified and intuitive dashboard," according to the company's spokespeople.

IBM also announced the inclusion of OpenShift on IBM Cloud, IBM Z and LinuxOne, along with consulting and tech services for Red Hat by certified consultants and more than 80,000 cloud service practitioners to help clients advise, move, build, and manage their workloads to cloud environments. The softwares and services announced reportedly include more than 100 products from across IBM’s expansive software portfolio optimized to run on Red Hat OpenShift, will be delivered on IBM’s hybrid multicloud platform.

“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 dollar hybrid cloud opportunity,” said Arvind Krishna, IBM's senior vice president for cloud and cognitive software Arvind Krishna said, adding, “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.”

Contributing to the context of the announcement, Red Hat's CEO and president Jim Whitehurst said, “Red Hat is unlocking innovation with Linux-based technologies, including containers and Kubernetes, which have become the fundamental building blocks of hybrid cloud environments. 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.”

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