IBM, Red Hat couple containers for hybrid cloud deployments

Under the partnership, IBM will extend its IBM Cloud Private and IBM Cloud Private for Data and middleware to Red Hat's OpenShift Container Platform and Certified Containers.

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IBM and Red Hat said they will expand a partnership to better combine containers and hybrid cloud platforms.

Under the partnership, IBM will extend its IBM Cloud Private and IBM Cloud Private for Data and middleware to Red Hat's OpenShift Container Platform and Certified Containers.

Joint customers will more easily couple IBM and Red Hat wares in hybrid cloud deployments. IBM has retooled its architecture and moved its entire software portfolio to container technologies.

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The companies said:

  • IBM Cloud Private can deploy containers across Red Hat.
  • Developers will be able to use IBM's cloud services for AI, blockchain and Internet of things.
  • IBM and Red Hat will serve as a integrated hybrid cloud platform.
  • IBM also said that IBM PowerAI, the company's deep learning toolkit, will also be available on Red Hat's operating system.

Red Hat and IBM are two of the larger open source software players, and their partnership dates back to 1999. In 2002, IBM and Red Hat outlined an enterprise Linux partnership, and the two companies have been advancing hybrid cloud development.

Here's an overview of IBM, Red Hat, and open source milestones:

  • 1998 - signed agreement to work together
  • 1999 - PR announcing the agreement
  • 2000 - IBM announces e-business solution bundles
  • 2001 - IBM donates Eclipse and other IP to open source
  • 2002 - IBM and Red Hat agree to deliver Enterprise Linux solutions
  • 2005 - IBM and Red Hat agree to accelerate Linux adoption in emerging countries -
  • 2005 - IBM and Red Hat announce Common Criteria certification for intelligence communities and commercial
  • 2007 - IBM and Red Hat announce Linux on the Mainframe program
  • 2011 - Open Virtualization Alliance formed around KVM
  • 2012 - IBM and Red Hat announce KVM security certification
  • 2013 - IBM and Red Hat announce expanded support for Linux on Power
  • 2014 - IBM and Red Hat deliver Open Virtualization to IBM Power
  • 2016 - IBM and Red Hat announce collaboration for Next-Generation Cloud Platforms
  • 2017 - IBM and Red Hat collaborate to accelerate Hybrid Cloud

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