IBM and Red Hat combine to create leading hybrid & multicloud provider
IBM and Red Hat plan on addressing this issue and accelerating hybrid multi cloud adoption. Together, they hope to help clients create cloud-native business applications faster, drive greater portability and security of data and applications across multiple public and private clouds, all with consistent cloud management. In doing so, they will draw on their shared leadership in technologies such as Linux, containers, Kubernetes, multi-cloud management and cloud management and automation.
This acquisition brings together the hybrid cloud providers and will enable companies to securely move all business applications to the cloud. Research shows that 80 percent of business workloads have yet to move to the cloud, held back by the nature of today’s cloud market. This prevents portability of data and applications across multiple clouds, data security in a multi-cloud environment and consistent cloud management, according to IBM and Red Hat.
“IBM is committed to being an authentic multi-cloud provider, and we will prioritise the use of Red Hat technology across multiple clouds,” said Arvind Krishna, senior vice president of hybrid cloud at IBM.
“In doing so, IBM will support open source technology wherever it runs, allowing it to scale significantly within commercial settings around the world.”
Upon closing of the acquisition, Red Hat will join IBM’s Hybrid Cloud team as a distinct unit, with the aim of maintaining the “independence and neutrality” of Red Hat’s open source development heritage.
Red Hat will continue to be led by Whitehurst and the vendor’s current management team while Whitehurst will also join IBM’s senior management team and report to Rometty.