2022-10-04 | NYSE: IBM | Press release

Newly expanded software-defined storage portfolio enables IBM to deliver a consistent edge-to-core and cloud experience

ARMONK, NY, October 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced the addition of Red Hat storage products and associated Red Hat teams to the IBM Storage business unit, bringing consistent storage of applications and data to on-premises and cloud infrastructure.

With this move, IBM will integrate Red Hat OpenShift Data Foundation (ODF) storage technologies as the foundation of IBM Spectrum Fusion. This combines IBM and Red Hat container storage technologies for data services and helps accelerate IBM’s capabilities in the growing Kubernetes platform market.

Additionally, IBM intends to deliver new Ceph solutions that provide a unified, software-defined storage platform that bridges the architectural gap between data center and cloud providers. This further solidifies IBM’s leadership in the software-defined storage and Kubernetes platform markets.

According to Gartner, by 2025, 60% of infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders will implement at least one of the hybrid cloud storage architectures, which is a significant increase from 20% in 2022.1 IBM’s software-defined storage strategy is to take a “born in the cloud, for the cloud” approach: unlocking bi-directional mobility of applications and data based on a shared, secure software-defined storage foundation and at cloud scale.

“Red Hat and IBM have worked closely together for many years, and today’s announcement strengthens our partnership and streamlines our portfolios,” said Denis Kennelly, general manager of IBM Storage, IBM Systems. “By bringing teams together and integrating our products under one roof, we are accelerating IBM’s hybrid cloud storage strategy while maintaining our commitments to Red Hat customers and the open source community.

“Red Hat and IBM share a common belief in the mission of cloud-native hybrid storage and its potential to help customers transform their applications and data,” said Joe Fernandes, vice president of hybrid platforms, Red Hat. “With IBM Storage taking the lead in Red Hat Ceph Storage and the OpenShift Data Foundation, IBM will help accelerate innovation in open source storage and expand market opportunities beyond what any of us could offer. by himself. We think this is a clear win for customers. which can benefit from a more comprehensive platform with new hybrid cloud-native storage capabilities. »

As customers formulate their hybrid cloud strategies, the focus and importance of infrastructure consistency, application agility, IT management, and flexible consumption consistency are critical to success in as critical factors in bridging on-premises and cloud deployments.

With these changes to the IBM portfolio, customers will have access to a cohesive set of storage services while maintaining data resiliency, security and governance across bare metal, virtualized and containerized environments. Some of the many benefits of the Software Defined Wallet available from IBM will include:

  • A unified storage experience for all containerized applications running on Red Hat OpenShift: Customers can use IBM Spectrum Fusion (now with Red Hat OpenShift Data Foundation) to achieve the highest levels of performance, scalability, automation, data protection and data security for production applications running on OpenShift that require block, file, and/or object access to data. This allows development teams to focus on applications, not operations, with infrastructure as code designed for simplified and automated management and provisioning.
  • A consistent hybrid cloud experience for scale and enterprise resiliency with IBM Ceph: Customers can deliver their private and hybrid cloud architectures on IBM’s unified, software-defined storage solution, offering capacity and management features. Features include data protection, disaster recovery, high availability, security, autoscaling, and self-healing portability that are not hardware-bound and travel with data when they move between on-premises and cloud environments.
  • A single data lake for aggregating and extracting insights from unstructured data on IBM Spectrum Scale: Customers can overcome the challenges that often come with rapidly scaling a centralized data approach with one platform unique to support data-intensive workloads such as AI/ML, high-performance computing, and more. Benefits can include less time and effort to administer, less data movement and redundancy, direct access to data for analytics tools, advanced schema management, and data governance, all supported load with distributed file and object storage designed to be cost effective.
  • Build in the cloud, deploy on-premises with automation: customers can move developed applications from the cloud to on-premises services, automate the creation of staging environments to test deployment procedures, validate configuration changes, base schema data and data updates, and package ready updates to overcome obstacles in production or fix errors before they become a problem that affects business operations.

“IBM and Red Hat speaking with one voice on storage deliver the synergies derived from IBM’s acquisition of Red Hat,” said Ashish Nadkarni, Group Vice President and General Manager, Infrastructure Systems at IDC. “Combining the two storage teams is a win for IT organizations because it brings together the best of both: an industry-leading portfolio of storage systems meets a cutting-edge software-defined data services offering. industry. This move allows IBM and Red Hat to streamline their family of offerings, transferring the benefits to their customers. It also helps accelerate innovation in storage to solve data challenges for the hybrid cloud, while maintaining their commitment to open source.

Maintaining Commitment to Red Hat Customers and the Community

As part of the agreement between IBM and Red Hat, IBM will assume primary sponsorship of the Ceph Foundation, whose members collaborate to drive innovation, development, marketing and community events for the Ceph open source project. IBM Ceph and Red Hat OpenShift Data Foundation will remain 100% open source and continue to follow an upstream-first model, reinforcing IBM’s commitment to these vital communities. The participation of the Ceph leadership team and other aspects of the open source project is a key IBM priority to maintain and nurture Red Hat’s continued innovation.

Red Hat and IBM intend to complete the transition in January 1, 2023, which will involve the transfer of storage roadmaps and associates from Red Hat to the IBM Storage business unit. After this date, Red Hat OpenShift Platform Plus will continue to include OpenShift Data Foundation, sold by Red Hat and its partners. Additionally, Red Hat OpenStack customers will still be able to purchase Red Hat Ceph Storage from Red Hat and its partners. Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat OpenStack customers with existing subscriptions will be able to maintain and grow their storage footprints as needed, with no change in their relationship with Red Hat.

Upcoming Ceph-based IBM Ceph and IBM Spectrum Fusion storage solutions are expected to ship starting in the first half of 2023.

Read more about today’s news in this blog from Denis KennellyIBM Storage General Manager, IBM Systems: “IBM + Red Hat: Doubling Down on Hybrid Cloud Storage”

Statements regarding IBM’s future direction and intentions are subject to change or withdrawal without notice and represent goals and objectives only. Red Hat, Ceph, Gluster and OpenShift are trademarks or registered trademarks of Red Hat, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.

About IBM

IBM is a leading global provider of hybrid cloud and artificial intelligence and business services, helping customers in more than 175 countries leverage insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and to gain a competitive advantage in their sectors. Nearly 3,800 government entities and enterprises in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to drive their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and safely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in artificial intelligence, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions, and business services provide open and flexible options for our customers. It’s all backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, accountability, inclusiveness and service. For more information, visit www.ibm.com for more information.

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1 Gartner, Market Guide for Hybrid Cloud Storage, Julia Palm, Kevin Ji, Chandra Mukhyala, October 3, 2022

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