IBM has announced that the Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform is generally available for IBM Z and IBM LinuxONE. According to IBM, the availability of OpenShift for Z and LinuxONE is a major milestone for both hybrid multi-cloud and for enterprise computing. OpenShift supports cloud-native applications being built once and deployed anywhere—and now extends this to on-premise enterprise servers such as IBM Z and LinuxONE. The offering is the result of the collaboration between the IBM and Red Hat development teams and discussions with early adopter clients.
The IBM announcement was made in an IBM IT Infrastructure blog post by Ross A. Mauri, general manager for IBM Z, and Joe Fernandes, vice president of products, Cloud Platforms Business Unit at Red Hat, which was acquired last year by IBM.
"Organizations today are looking to bring business innovation to market faster and more efficiently. Containers enable applications to be packaged together with their software dependencies, and Kubernetes adds powerful tools to manage large numbers of containers and orchestrate the full application lifecycle," the blog post said. "OpenShift then 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 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 also announced that IBM Cloud Pak for Applications is available for IBM Z and LinuxONE—supporting modernization of existing apps and building new cloud-native apps. In addition, as announced last August, IBM plans to deliver additional Cloud Paks for IBM Z and LinuxONE.
More information is available about IBM Z, LinuxONE, and Red Hat OpenShift