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Migrate to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8




As the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux is widely trusted across industries and by customers around the world to provide a modern foundation that can support any application, any environment, anywhere.

According to IDC research, IT organizations using Red Hat Enterprise Linux were expected to have saved US$6.7 billion in 2019 alone. IT executives responding to IDC’s global survey found that Red Hat Enterprise Linux provided business benefits for most workloads—an increase in revenues, a decrease in expenses, or an increase in employee productivity.


  • Reducing the annual cost of software by 52%.
  • Reducing the amount of time IT staff spend on tasks by 25%.
  • Reducing costs associated with unplanned downtime by 5%.1

As one of the most widely deployed Linux platforms within enterprises, many IT organizations run legacy versions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux versions 5 and 6. As of November 2020:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 will no longer have Extended Lifecycle Support (ELS).
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 will enter product retirement and require ELS.

This means that bug fixes, security fixes, hardware enablement, or root-cause analysis that has been provided for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 under ELS will cease, potentially putting business-critical workloads at risk. Recognizing the importance of maintaining systems to avoid security, operational, and compliance issues, IBM and Red Hat have jointly introduced a set of services, provided by a qualified team of subject matter experts, to help you efficiently migrate to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and 8.

Hybrid cloud deployment

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 provides an intelligent, stable, and security-focused foundation for modern, agile business operations across multiple environments. Consistency across infrastructure allows you to deploy applications, workloads, and services using the same tools, regardless of location. As a result, your business can deploy and operate a hybrid cloud environment faster and with less effort.

8 reasons to migrate to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8

  1. An intelligent operating system with built-in manageability and integration with Red Hat management and automation products.
  2. A set of features to speed deployment and simplify adoption for non-Linux users.
  3. Support for enterprise applications and critical databases, including SAP HANA® , Microsoft SQL Server, and PostgreSQL.
  4. Advanced security features such as system-wide cryptographic policies, new compiler flags, advanced auditing, and updated protocols.
  5. Consistency across environments, whether bare metal, virtualized, hybrid cloud, or multicloud, knowing they will operate reliably.
  6. Innovative container infrastructure and tools to simplify container development and deployment, including a lightweight, open, standards-based container toolkit to get started.
  7. Introduction of Application Streams, an improved method for delivering multiple versions of user space packages.
  8. Unified tools to adopt DevOps methods, with an improved web-based, mobile-friendly GUI management console.

Together, a Red Hat and IBM team of subject matter experts will perform Migrate to 8 services using a 3phased approach:

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Migrate to 8 services jointly offered by Red Hat and IBM

  • Discovery of the as-is Red Hat Enterprise Linux estate.
  • Assessment of open source and commercial software compatibility with preferred target Red Hat Enterprise Linux platforms.
  • Design of the target platform and related infrastructure.
  • Migration design of workloads running on Red Hat platforms.
  • Redeployment/reinstallation of application workloads.
  • In-place upgrades, where applicable.
  • Building and testing of target Red Hat systems.
  • Workload remediation and data migration.
  • Upgrade event management.
  • Comprehensive project and program management

Innovate while you migrate using agile methodologies

To accelerate the desired outcome of your Red Hat Enterprise Linux upgrade, businesses have unique access to either IBM Garage or Red Hat Innovation Labs.

IBM Garage drives Enterprise Design Thinking at scale. Based on agile principles for colocated and distributed teams, the IBM Garage Methodology leverages DevOps tools and techniques for continued delivery and operations, fosters digital talent and culture change, and enables Site Reliability Engineering. Red Hat Open Innovation Labs is an immersive residency for modernizing application development. IT teams innovate faster and improve quality with a DevOps approach. In an Open Innovation Lab, make large-scale changes iteratively, instead of all at once—adjusting direction as you go.

Training and certification: The next step in migrating to 8

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 readiness goes beyond installation and configuration. Red Hat Training and Certification offers a full curriculum to help your teams build and validate their Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 skills and related technologies.

According to an IDC study, effective hands-on training directly impacts the overall success of IT departments relying on Red Hat infrastructure. Teams who complete Red Hat Training:

  • Are 20% more efficient IT administrators.
  • Experience 71% less unplanned downtime.
  • Develop new features 12% faster.2

Start with an assessment to test your (or your team’s) skills and identify courses that help fill any gaps. Skills are validated through performance-based, hands-on certification exams.

Key benefits of migrating to 8 with Red Hat and IBM

  • IBM expertise in legacy portfolio migration (applications, infrastructure, managed services) across all industries, interlocked with deep Red Hat Enterprise Linux product expertise from Red Hat Services.
  • Rapid assessment of the as-is environment to determine the best approach to upgrading.
  • Modular services for the upgrade journey.
  • An end-to-end delivery model backed by local and global resources.
  • Leading IBM and third-party technology accelerators, integrated with Red Hat best practices and tooling.
  • Migrated Red Hat Enterprise Linux platforms, to run mission-critical workloads that act as a foundation for future Red Hat automation and containerization environments.
  • Comprehensive, hands-on Red Hat Training and Certification to help your teams prepare for using Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and 8 in production.

Red Hat Services brings you:

  • Unfettered access to Red Hat support and product development organizations to streamline systems and upgrades.
  • Diverse technical experience and product expertise with both open source and proprietary systems for a holistic, integrated approach.
  • Mentor-based engagements, giving clients the information and skills needed to adopt Red Hat solutions safely and efficiently.

IBM Services brings you:

  • Global scale with 90,000 cloud experts to advise, move, build, and manage clients’ workloads.
  • Expertise in legacy portfolio migration (applications, infrastructure, managed services) across all industries.
  • New services and tools that help clients migrate workloads across private, public, and multicloud environments using predefined client demand profiles and capability patterns.

IDC Whitepaper, sponsored by Red Hat. “The Economic Impact of Red Hat Enterprise Linux: Trillions, Yes Trillions, of Dollars.” May 2019.

IDC Whitepaper, sponsored by Red Hat. “The Business Value of Red Hat Training Courses.” October 2018.