IBM software now cloud-native, able to run on any cloud with Red Hat

Tech titan IBM has announced that it has transformed its software portfolio to be cloud-native and optimized it to run on Red Hat OpenShift.

IBM chair and CEO Ginni Rometty (left) with Red Hat president and CEO Jim Whitehurst

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 containerized 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 dashboard.

The software and services, which include more than 100 products from across IBM’s software portfolio optimized to run on Red Hat OpenShift, will be delivered on IBM’s hybrid multicloud platform.

“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 of 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 modernize mission-critical applications on any cloud. They are deployed, delivered as packages tailored for specific client use cases, and adding a consumption-based pricing model.

The first five IBM Cloud Paks are:

  • Cloud Pak for Data to simplify and automate how organizations deliver insights from their data and provide an open and extensible architecture to virtualize data for AI 500 percent faster.
  • Cloud Pak for Applications to help businesses modernize, build, deploy and run applications. It helped IBM customers in the fintech sector reduce development time by 84 percent.
  • Cloud Pak for Integration to help integrate apps, data, cloud services and APIs. It is designed to eliminate 33 percent of integration costs.
  • Cloud Pak for Automation to help transform business processes, decisions and content. A banking client was able to reduce manual processes by 80 percent.
  • Cloud Pak for Multicloud Management to provide multicloud visibility, governance and automation. It was able to help clients reduce operational expenses of supporting large-scale cloud-native environments by 75 percent.
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