The collaboration will see IBM become a certified provider of Red Hat’s cloud products and services, allowing for Red Hat’s OpenStack Platform and is Ceph Storage services to be run on the IBM Private Cloud.
With the benefits of bridging the flexible cost of a scalable public cloud and the robust security and control of a private cloud, hybrid cloud is often touted as the likely route most enterprises will take while undergoing digital transformation. As such, the partnership between IBM and Red Hat is aimed squarely at accelerating this adoption.
“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.”
For IBM the partnership helps make its Private Cloud an attractive proposition for enterprises looking to deploy OpenStack based infrastructure, while Red Hat gains access to a cloud with one of the larger global footprints, therefore boosting its reach on a global scale.
Red Hat is not shy when it comes to partnerships with other firms providing cloud infrastructure; it recently combined its OpenShift container platform with the Google Cloud Platform.