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Strategic alliance: Red Hat and IBM

An open roadmap for innovation

Partners for over 17 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.

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.

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

We believe that Red Hat Enterprise Linux, combined with the latest generation of IBM Power Systems, provides an excellent choice for enterprise environments seeking impactful solutions that optimize performance and bring openness, choice and flexibility.

Jim Totton, Vice President, Platform Business Unit, Red Hat

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 Rossman powers up to give customers what they want

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

Cloud economics

Control costs while meeting cloud demands

A combination of powerful hardware and open source software subscriptions makes cloud adoption a reality in more organizations.

Low start-up and operating costs

Cut the costs of acquiring and maintaining new investments.

More users per core

Use more of your hardware for better efficiency.

Scalability

Accommodate new workloads and cloud environments without overspending.

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

Case study

The Met Office forecasts a bright outlook for Linux on z Systems

The UK's national weather forecasting service standardized and simplified their infrastructure to Red Hat Enterprise Linux running on IBM z Systems servers.

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