May 8, 2018

IBM, Red Hat partner to combine containers and hybrid cloud platform

The alliance aims to extend IBM’s Cloud Private and middleware to Red Hat’s OpenShift container platform and certified containers.

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Tech giant IBM has partnered with Red Hat to couple containers with the former’s hybrid cloud platform. According to the terms of the alliance, IBM will expand their Cloud Private to Red Hat’s OpenShift container platform so that developers can use cloud services for IoT (Internet of Things) and AI (Artificial Intelligence) applications.

According to IBM, the combination of cloud and containers can be crucial for the development of IoT and AI. They also believe that since organizations have adopted a cloud-first strategy, the adoption of cloud-based platforms has also increased.

To meet the rising demand for a container-powered cloud platform, IBM say that they had to rekindle their business relationship with Red Hat. They also claim that IBM have retooled their architecture and moved its entire software portfolio to container technologies, keeping future trends in mind.

IBM say that their deep-learning toolkit IBM PowerAI will also be available on Red Hat’s operating system. They also claim that this deal will steer their business relations with Red Hat in the right direction.

Red Hat say that this deal is struck an year after both parties had decided to partner for hybrid cloud adoption. Speaking about the deal for hybrid cloud adoption, Zane Adam, Vice President of IBM Cloud had commented:

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.

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