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Gartner published its "2021 Vendor Rating: IBM report1" in early June, and we're pleased to report that Red Hat received an overall positive rating* from Gartner. We believe we received the rating because we remain focused on delivering the Red Hat portfolio of open hybrid cloud products and services with IBM as one of many strategic partners that help us deliver the offerings for digital transformation that our customers need. 

Red Hat's partner ecosystem is one of our strengths

Red Hat has designed its open hybrid cloud portfolio to provide customers with an IT environment that meets today's and tomorrow's needs. That means that we go to market with partners like AWS, Dell, HPE, Microsoft and, yes, IBM. 

We believe in working well with our partners to meet our customers where they are today and to help them get where they need to be. To do that, we offer a platform that's consistent across environments from on-premises to cloud to the edge. 

Red Hat works with more than 4,900 certified ISVs and we currently have more than 5,500 tested, verified and supported hardware components. 

Speed, stability and scalability

Red Hat's portfolio is designed to provide a flexible platform that provides the speed, stability and scalability that organizations need to sustain and grow their business.

This is across the portfolio, from our open platforms like Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat OpenShift, automation with Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, developer tools including Red Hat Runtimes, Red Hat CodeReady and Red Hat Integration.

But tools alone aren't enough. Red Hat Consulting is there to train and assist our customers in running their business and innovating with Red Hat's portfolio combined with our partners' offerings. 

To achieve the speed that they need, some of our customers are looking to our managed services. They want to be able to spin up Red Hat OpenShift on their choice of public cloud. Or to tap into cloud services that help manage APIs, train and test Machine Learning (ML) or use technologies like Apache Kafka without having to stand them up and manage them themselves

Enabling cloud-native development

At Red Hat we look to supply the platform, the tools, the insights and practices as a coherent set of offerings to help accelerate digital transformation.

Red Hat OpenShift, our enterprise Kubernetes platform, helps give IT operations the tools to enable developers and the tools developers need to develop and deliver cloud-native applications. We go well beyond Kubernetes and containers to provide or enable management, security features and policy enforcement as well as the insights needed to view and improve performance.

Automated code building, CI/CD, IDE integration, service catalogs—we are there with the tools developers need to be productive. And we have the tools operators require to support the organization's developers with self-service capabilities that lower barriers to pushing applications to production—as well as updating and improving applications serving the organization today.

Get Gartner's take

Don't just take it from us, though. To get a full picture of Red Hat's offerings, and how they're being used in the market today, we'd encourage you to read the report. See how our enterprise open source products and services fit with your organization's plans today and for the future. 

To read a complimentary copy of the report, see "Red Hat’s Open Hybrid Cloud Portfolio Can Accelerate Digital Transformation2" on Gartner's site.

1: Gartner, Vendor Rating: IBM, Chirag Dekate et al., 31 May 2021

2: Gartner, Red Hat’s Open Hybrid Cloud Portfolio Can Accelerate Digital Transformation, Chirag Dekate et al., 31 May 2021

* The report rated IBM, and Red Hat was acquired by IBM in 2019. 

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About the author

Joe Brockmeier is the editorial director of the Red Hat Blog. He also acts as Vice President of Marketing & Publicity for the Apache Software Foundation.

Brockmeier joined Red Hat in 2013 as part of the Open Source and Standards (OSAS) group, now the Open Source Program Office (OSPO). Prior to Red Hat, Brockmeier worked for Citrix on the Apache OpenStack project, and was the first OpenSUSE community manager for Novell between 2008-2010. 

He also has an extensive history in the tech press and publishing, having been editor-in-chief of Linux Magazine, editorial director of, and a contributor to, ZDNet,, and many others. 

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