Red Hat OpenShift Now Available for IBM Z and IBM LinuxONE

Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform is generally available for IBM Z and IBM LinuxONE, reinforcing the agile cloud-native world of containers and Kubernetes with the security features, scalability, and reliability of IBM’s enterprise servers.

The availability of OpenShift for Z and LinuxONE is a milestone for both hybrid multicloud and for enterprise computing, according to Red Hat.

By combining the agility and portability of Red Hat OpenShift and IBM Cloud Paks with the security features, scalability and reliability of IBM Z and LinuxONE, businesses will have the tools to build new cloud-native applications while also modernizing current applications.

Deploying Red Hat OpenShift and IBM Cloud Paks on IBM Z and LinuxONE reinforces key strengths and offers additional benefits:

  • Vertical scalability enables existing large monolithic applications to be containerized, and horizontal scalability enables support for large numbers of containers in a single IBM Z or LinuxONE system
  • Designed to protect data from external attacks and insider threats, with pervasive encryption and tamper-responsive protection of encryption keys1
  • Designed for 99.999% and more availability to meet service levels and customer expectations
  • Integration and co-location of cloud-native applications on the same system as the data enables faster response times than depending on network access speeds

OpenShift supports cloud-native applications being built once and deployed anywhere - and now extends this to on-premises enterprise servers such as IBM Z and LinuxONE.

This offering is the result of the collaboration between the IBM and Red Hat development teams and discussions with early adopter clients.

OpenShift brings together the core open source technologies of Linux, containers and Kubernetes, adds additional open source capabilities such developer tools and a registry, and hardens, tests and optimizes the software for enterprise production use.

Working with IBM Hybrid Cloud, Red Hat has also developed a robust roadmap for bringing the ecosystem of enterprise software to the OpenShift platform.

IBM Cloud Paks containerize key IBM and open source software components to help enable faster enterprise application development and delivery.

IBM Cloud Pak for Applications is also available for IBM Z and LinuxONE – supporting modernization of existing apps and building new cloud-native apps. In addition, as announced last August, it is Red Hat’s intention to deliver additional Cloud Paks for IBM Z and LinuxONE.

Customers using OpenShift on IBM Z and LinuxONE can also license IBM Cloud Infrastructure Center to manage the underpinning cluster infrastructure. The Cloud Infrastructure Center is an infrastructure-as-a-service offering which provides simplified infrastructure management in support of z/VM based Linux virtual machines on IBM Z and LinuxONE.

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