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Why run Linux on IBM Cloud?

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Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® on IBM Cloud provides enterprises with a robust and scalable environment—built with security in mind—tailored for critical workloads. Organizations unlock access to high availability, disaster recovery, and streamlined management capabilities by joining the Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform with IBM Cloud's infrastructure. This cohesive solution paves the way for businesses to modernize their applications and implement flexible hybrid cloud strategies. Discover why running Red Hat Enterprise Linux on IBM Cloud empowers enterprises to transform their IT and innovate.

Linux on IBM Cloud refers to deploying and operating Linux or Linux-based containers on virtual machines or bare-metal servers on IBM's cloud infrastructure. Enterprise Linux is far more than just software and support. With Red Hat Enterprise Linux and OpenShift, we include unique managed services, developer resources, operations tools, and access to an extensive partner ecosystem, stringent security certifications, and new technologies. Community-based Linux distributions often don’t meet those standards.

IBM is known for enterprise-level security and stability, and combining this with the Linux operating system results in stable environments that work alongside security solutions.

Hybrid cloud experience

IBM's solutions are designed to support hybrid and multicloud architectures. The cloud services are compatible with Kubernetes services, which can be managed through a single interface.

Central to this are IBM Cloud Paks, AI-powered software designed to accelerate application modernization with preintegrated data, automation, and security capabilities. IBM Cloud Paks are a modular set of integrated software components for data analysis, organization, and management. IBM Cloud Paks are built to work with Red Hat OpenShift®.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux is a leading choice for enterprise Linux and is certified on hundreds of clouds—like IBM Cloud—and with thousands of hardware and software vendors.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux gives you a consistent, stable, high-performance platform across hybrid cloud deployments, built-in manageability, and integration with the broader Red Hat management and automation portfolio.

Every cloud environment has its own needs, requiring a stable yet adaptable system. Red Hat Enterprise Linux provides this balance with open source flexibility and a wide range of certifications from public cloud providers such as IBM Cloud.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux has:

  • An extensive partner ecosystem. Red Hat's partner ecosystem is a robust network of technology and service providers that collaborates to deliver integrated, certified solutions for diverse computing environments.
  • Built-in manageability. Red Hat Enterprise Linux integrates with Red Hat's management and automation tools to streamline operations, enhance efficiency, and simplify complex tasks.
  • Stability, security, and scalability. Red Hat Enterprise Linux is chosen for critical applications due to its compatibility with security solutions, high availability, and scalable architecture—all backed by comprehensive support and certifications.
  • 24x7 Support. Red Hat Enterprise Linux also comes with 24x7 support. 
  • Open-source innovation. Red Hat is one of the leading contributors to the Linux kernel and associated technologies in the greater open-source community and has been since the beginning.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux and IBM Cloud solutions are designed to work together.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux is a premium solution optimized for critical workloads. Bringing the power of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and IBM Cloud’s infrastructure, it offers resiliency, scalability, and security. Standard features include extended lifecycle, high availability, robust security, compliance analytics, and flexible guest deployment—all essential for running critical tasks.

Collaborating on technology efforts, both Red Hat and IBM work to enhance each other's offerings.

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux is endorsed as a central Linux distribution on all major architectures.
  • IBM PowerAI is deeply integrated with Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
  • IBM middleware is designed to remove barriers between IBM services and Red Hat solutions.
  • IBM’s Cloud Private service is integrated with Red Hat OpenShift to help set up hybrid cloud environments.

Considering IBM Cloud for your Linux setup? Learn about the dynamics between IBM Cloud and Linux, particularly with enterprise-grade solutions. Delve into the IBM and Red Hat Partnership.

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