IBM Power Virtual servers now offer Red Hat’s OpenShift

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On Tuesday, IBM unveiled a new series of Power Systems capabilities and open-source-based tools. The goal is to help companies deploy and manage hybrid cloud infrastructures. That is not all the company is releasing, though.

IBM also announced the availability of Red Hat’s OpenShift, on Big Blue’s infrastructure-as-a-service container platform, IBM Power Virtual Servers.

IBM said that combining OpenShift with Power Virtual Servers, allows companies to enhance cloud capabilities in their Power Systems infrastructure. Red Hat Runtimes is now supported by IBM Power Systems, as well as dynamic capacity capabilities that allow users to scale compute capacity across Linux, AIX, and IBM i.

Power-supported modules boosted

IBM also announced a new rack solution made up of Power System servers and pre-configured private cloud software.

Red Hat open-source Ansibles will give enterprises more flexibility and automation in hybrid cloud deployments. They include Patch Management, OS and App Deployment, Security Management, Centralized Backup and Recovery, and Continuous Delivery.

After these additions, the number of Power-supported Ansible modules just went up to 102. According to IBM’s reports, users have downloaded Power-supported Ansible modules more than 11,000 times.

The Covid-19 fallout

Stephen Leonard, the General Manager of IBM Cognitive Systems said that twelve months ago, IT professionals were faced with a different kind of landscape than they were used to. The world was transformed in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Despite the challenge, Leonard says that the IT pros recognized that the hybrid cloud approach offers them 2.5 times the value derived from a single public cloud, as measured by IBM’s Institute of Business Value.

IBM Power Systems and IBM Systems portfolio will be very important in the transition to hybrid environments for these companies.