Partners: Red Hat and IBM

An open roadmap for innovation

Partners for over 20 years, IBM and Red Hat have paved the way for open communities powering innovative new IT solutions and provided IT infrastructures that let companies migrate from limited architectures to modern datacenters.

IBM and Red Hat join forces to accelerate hybrid cloud adoption

For the first time, IBM and Red Hat customers will be able to take advantage of both companies’ technologies as integrated solutions in the private and public cloud.

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Our common vision for hybrid cloud using container architectures allows millions of enterprises− from banks, to airlines, to government organizations− to access both companies’ technology without having to choose between public and private cloud.

Arvind Krishna, SVP Hybrid Cloud and Dir. IBM Research, IBM

What we're doing together

Open collaboration brings powerful solutions

Red Hat and IBM's partnership has resulted in technology solutions that benefit both business and IT groups in organizations around the world. Red Hat and IBM solutions provide everything our clients may need for a truly resilient IT infrastructure.

Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® is certified to run on all IBM server platforms, including Power Systems. Together, Red Hat and IBM are helping companies achieve total IT transformations to meet needs for big data, analytics, mobile, cloud, security, and more.

Now, you can combine the flexibility, resiliency, and performance of IBM Power Systems with the flexibility, security and management of Red Hat Enterprise Linux to offer the best environment to run your SAP HANA solutions.

Big data and analytics

Enhanced performance allows for faster database queries and improved responsiveness of business solutions.

Application portability

The addition of little endian support removes portability barriers and lets you easily introduce the unique capabilities of IBM Power Systems with POWER8 processing architecture.

Cloud economics

Consolidating infrastructure with POWER8 systems and Red Hat cloud solutions keeps costs down without making sacrifices.

Datacenter modernization

Delivering a universally recognized robust, powerful and flexible infrastructure. IBM z Systems running Red Hat Enterprise Linux allow for massive infrastructure consolidation

Big data & analytics

Big data needs big power

Power Systems with POWER8 technology and Red Hat Enterprise Linux offer the high-performance, secure hardware and software environment that big data applications require. A wide range of form factors, from single-socket to 16-socket, enables seamless integration into any datacenter environment.

POWER8 servers can deliver up to:

  • 4x more threads per core.
  • 4x more memory bandwidth.
  • 4x more cache.

This means faster execution of algorithms, improved business insights, and continuous data load for fast responses.


Big data work requires lots of processors, cores, and threads to spread out the queries for parallel analysis. These workloads also need large cache and memory spaces to provide the best context for business insights. And whether it be in the cloud or on-premises, network bandwidth with lower latency is critical to these new demands.

Doug Balog, General Manager, IBM Power Systems

Case study

Dirk Rossmann powers up to give customers what they want

German drugstore chain Dirk Rossmann implemented Power 770 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux to make more efficient and up-to-date purchasing decisions.

Cloud Economics

More options for your open hybrid cloud deployments

Red Hat software offerings are available to customers on both virtualized and bare metal servers on the IBM Cloud.

Red Hat Cloud Access on IBM Cloud helps you optimize your investments and savings when adopting IBM Cloud. With Cloud Access, Red Hat provides support for clients using Red Hat products on IBM Cloud, offering a consistent support experience from on-premise to the cloud.

Clients can use the following Red Hat solutions on IBM Cloud:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux and all variants and add-ons.
  • Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.
  • Red Hat JBoss® Middleware.

Start using Red Hat Cloud Access on IBM Cloud

Red Hat Cloud Access is specifically for virtualized environments. For services like IBM Cloud bare metal servers, Cloud Access is not required. Clients can bring their Red Hat subscriptions on IBM Cloud bare metal servers using certified hardware.

Datacenter modernization

Efficiency across the datacenter

One z Systems mainframe can typically replace hundreds of servers. In addition to cutting costs associated with purchasing machines, other savings can result from:

  • Reducing system management overhead.
  • Streamlining software acquisition for packages with per-processor, per-server pricing.
  • Eliminating significant amounts of networking hardware, bandwidth, and administration that connected the hundreds of servers.

Implementing Red Hat Enterprise Linux for IBM z Systems lets you use less expensive processors for the Linux workloads, which reduces the total cost of the mainframe and better utilizes available computing resources.

The choice to invest in Red Hat was largely based on its commitment to the ongoing development of the platform and its strong support capabilities, particularly in reference to supporting Red Hat Enterprise Linux on the mainframe.

Lyle Johnston, Infrastructure Architect for Bank of New Zealand

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