IBM and Red Hat aim to boost hybrid cloud computing, OpenStack usage

Big Blue touts hybrid cloud deals with Red Hat and Veritas.
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IBM has signed two alliances aimed at encouraging use of hybrid cloud computing.

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IBM and Red Hat are working together to encourage the use of OpenStack and make it easier for to companies to shift their Linux workloads into private clouds.

IBM said that Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Ceph Storage on IBM Private Cloud will be generally available at the end of March, ahead of which IBM has become a Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider. Big Blue said this would help "enterprises benefit from the OpenStack Platform's speed and economics".

Also as part of the agreement, Red Hat Cloud Access will become available for IBM Cloud by the end of the second quarter, allowing Red Hat customers to move unused Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscriptions from their data centers into IBM Cloud data centers worldwide.

Red Hat Cloud Access allows Linux customers to retain services and support while moving workloads into the cloud.

"Our collaboration with IBM is aimed at helping enterprise customers more quickly and easily embrace hybrid cloud," said Radhesh Balakrishnan, general manager of OpenStack at Red Hat. "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."

IBM and Red Hat said they will provide the hybrid cloud infrastructure to help customers more efficiently run cloud applications using OpenStack APIs. Customers will be able to provision cloud infrastructure faster and, using Red Hat Cloud Access, migrate existing workloads and Red Hat subscriptions to IBM Cloud, or use the software and infrastructure on a pay-as-you-go basis.

IBM and Red Hat said they will jointly sell new offerings for private cloud deployments, including workload migrations, disaster recovery, capacity expansion and data center consolidation.

IBM has also signed a deal with Veritas, also around hybrid cloud, to help enterprises working with increasing data volumes better manage, optimize and protect data across hybrid cloud environments.

Veritas has certified the IBM Cloud Object Storage family of software and cloud services for use with Veritas NetBackup 8.0, making it easier for customers to migrate data from on-premises systems to the cloud for greater storage capabilities.

In turn, IBM has certified NetBackup 8.0 to run on the IBM Cloud to offer clients additional data protection for cloud-based workloads. NetBackup 8.0 is due to be available in the second quarter and will be available for order from the IBM Bluemix Catalog of services.

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