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Red Hat and IBM

Red Hat and IBM solutions provide everything your company might need for a truly resilient IT infrastructure. IBM's hardware platforms are designed for any size workload, and the entire IBM hardware portfolio runs on Red Hat® Enterprise Linux®. Together, Red Hat and IBM are helping companies achieve a total IT transformation to meet today's biggest challenges.

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Provide IT infrastructures that let companies migrate from limited architectures to modern datacenters.


  • IBM Power Systems
  • IBM z Systems™
  • IBM Storage Systems
  • IBM Power-based Flex servers
  • IBM PureApplication and PureData appliances

IBM and Red Hat have one of the longest partnerships in Linux in the industry. Organizations around the world have seen significant benefits from this long-term relationship. This collaboration will be even more important as businesses move into the fast-changing world of Cloud, Analytics, Social Business and Mobile Enterprise.

Scott Firth, Director, Marketing, IT Infrastructure Solutions, IBM

IBM and Red Hat: Meet demands with a flexible approach to IT

Massive amounts of data, new computing models, and the rise of mobile and social platforms are causing a fundamental shift in IT priorities. Mainframes continue to play a critical role in datacenter infrastructure, but many IT departments rely on Linux platforms to extend the power of these valuable assets.

Keeping pace with the rise of mobility

Mobility has had a large impact on traditional IT infrastructures. Whether working from home or bringing their own devices to work, many users can access enterprise networks from anywhere at any time. IT architectures that can expand and contract are essential to handling these unpredictable shifts in demand. That's why many organizations have achieved a transparent migration from private to hybrid to public clouds, tapping into the appropriate resource to prevent service disruption.

For too many companies, however, an outdated infrastructure hampers any attempt to achieve true flexibility at a reasonable cost. "Our customers today know that they have to transform their businesses," says Scott Firth, Director, Marketing, IT Infrastructure Solutions at IBM. "They have to be relevant in a cloud-centric world. That's why IBM and Red Hat work together to provide open and scalable solutions on open and scalable infrastructures."

A long history of open source collaboration

Red Hat and IBM offer joint solutions to power next-generation IT infrastructures. Together, these industry leaders enable companies to converge compute, networking, and storage resources in a single standards-based platform while reducing complexity. IBM offers hardware platforms for every workload, and the entire IBM hardware portfolio runs on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Both companies apply proven methods to achieve a smooth migration from limited architectures to a truly modern datacenter.

"The bottom line is that IBM is well-known for its support of Linux as a viable and cost-effective operating environment for enterprise clients," says Beavers. "We've been teaming with Red Hat for many years, in all kinds of client engagements, in all regions of the world."

The path forward in just 3 steps

IBM and Red Hat approach datacenter modernization as a 3-step process. The first step is to replace all legacy and underperforming platforms. After that, it's time to standardize by building a unified datacenter based on Red Hat and IBM technologies. And finally, virtualization is critical for achieving an open, reliable, high-performance infrastructure that readily scales to meet massive fluctuations in demand.

Better performance at a better price—on any scale

Once modernized, datacenters are capable of scaling on demand to achieve optimal performance at a significantly lower cost. Companies no longer need to cope with underutilized resources on bare-metal systems. Instead, they can opt for virtualized servers that support a far more consolidated environment.

Case study: Global auction house shrinks server footprint with IBM, Red Hat

At Bonhams, a privately owned auction house in the United Kingdom, a series of strategic acquisitions resulted in a hodgepodge of unsupported, end-of-life systems. Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization offered a far less complex approach, reducing the total number of physical servers from 34 to 8. Meanwhile, IBM System x servers played a key role in simplifying administration and boosting efficiencies across the organization, leading to cost reductions.

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