IBM and Red Hat Reimagine Hybrid Cloud Storage

By Greg Tavarez, TMCnet Editor  |  October 21, 2022

Hybrid cloud strategies usually include infrastructure consistency, application agility, IT management and flexible consumption consistency to bridge across on-premises and cloud deployments. Consistent application and data storage across on-premises infrastructure and cloud is just as important.

IBM, as an example, takes a software defined storage strategy that unlocks bi-directional application and data mobility based on a shared, secure and cloud-scale software defined storage foundation.

Sticking with that strategy, IBM (News - Alert) will integrate the storage technologies from Red Hat OpenShift Data Foundation as the foundation for IBM Spectrum Fusion. Red Hat (News - Alert) OpenShift Data Foundation helps teams develop and deploy applications quickly and efficiently across clouds.

The integration will combine IBM and Red Hat’s container storage technologies for data services and help accelerate IBM’s capabilities in the Kubernetes platform market.

Additionally, IBM will offer new Ceph solutions to deliver a unified, software-defined storage platform that bridges the architectural divide between the data center and cloud providers. This will further advance IBM's leadership in the software defined storage and Kubernetes platform markets.

With these changes, clients will leverage a consistent set of storage services while preserving data resilience, security and governance across bare metal, virtualized and containerized environments.

"With IBM Storage taking stewardship of Red Hat Ceph Storage and OpenShift Data Foundation, IBM will help accelerate open-source storage innovation and expand the market opportunity beyond what each of us could deliver on our own,” said Joe Fernandes, vice president of hybrid platforms, Red Hat.

Benefits of the software defined portfolio available from IBM include a unified storage experience for containerized apps running on Red Hat OpenShift, consistent hybrid cloud experience at enterprise levels of scale and resiliency with IBM Ceph, a single data lakehouse to aggregate and derive intelligence from unstructured data on IBM Spectrum (News - Alert) Scale and capability to build in the cloud and deploy on-premises with automation.

"By bringing together the teams and integrating our products under one roof, we are accelerating the IBM's hybrid cloud storage strategy while maintaining commitments to Red Hat customers and the open-source community,” said Denis Kennelly, general manager of IBM Storage.

IBM and Red Hat bring together a storage systems portfolio and a software-defined data services offering that will streamline their offerings and pass benefits to their customers. Ashish Nadkarni, of IDC (News - Alert), said the combination will ultimately help accelerate innovation in storage to solve the data challenges for hybrid cloud while maintaining a commitment to open source.

Edited by Erik Linask
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