IBM announced its strategic partnership with Red Hat on Monday at IBM InterConnect 2017. This move will help enterprises benefit from the speed and economics of the OpenStack platform when extending their existing virtualized and cloud workloads of Red Hat to the IBM Private Cloud.
With this collaboration, IBM becomes a Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider. The offering which will be launched for general availability at the end of the month, will give more confidence to the IBM Private Cloud users for Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Ceph Storage.
As per the agreement, for IBM Cloud users, the Red Hat Cloud Access will be available by the end of Q2 2017. This will allow Red Hat customers to move to the public, virtualized cloud ecosystem of IBM cloud datacenters worldwide from eligible and unutilized Red Hat Linux subscriptions.
Our collaboration with IBM is aimed at helping enterprise customers more quickly and easily embrace hybrid cloud. 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.
– Radhesh Balakrishnan, General Manager OpenStack
Zane Adam, vice president, IBM Cloud, said in a statement, “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.”
Adding further he stated, “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.”
IBM and Red Hat plan to collectively market and sell latest offerings for the private cloud deployments, which include workload migrations, capacity expansion, disaster recovery and data center consolidation.