IBM and Red Hat

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Red Hat and IBM

As prominent members of the open source community, Red Hat and IBM have a long history of making significant investments in Linux technology. Red Hat is a leading provider of open source solutions and IBM is one of the largest Linux contributors. As industry leaders, Red Hat and IBM are able to focus their resources on innovation that will bring the largest benefit to their customers.

Red Hat’s community-powered approach provides reliable and high-performing cloud, virtualization, storage, Linux, and middleware technologies along with award-winning support, training, and consulting services. As a connective hub in a global network of enterprises, partners, and open source communities, Red Hat enables the creation of more relevant and innovative technologies that liberate resources for growth and prepare customers for the future of IT.

The IBM and Red Hat partnership spans sixteen plus years with significant joint milestones including:


Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® is a high-performing operating system that has delivered outstanding value to IT environments for over a decade. Red Hat Enterprise Linux has been deployed in mission-critical applications at global stock exchanges, financial institutions, leading telcos, and animation studios. It also powers the websites of some of the most recognizable global retail brands.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux:

Designed to help organizations make a seamless transition to emerging datacenter models that include virtualization and cloud computing, Red Hat Enterprise Linux includes support for major hardware architectures, hypervisors, and cloud providers, making deployments across physical and different virtual environments predictable and secure. Enhanced tools and new capabilities in this release enable administrators to tailor the application environment to efficiently monitor and manage compute resources and security.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux for Power, little endian brings Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 to enterprises using the IBM Power Systems platform with support for POWER8 on IBM Power Systems based on little endian. Running on POWER8 offers higher performance especially for big data applications through multi-threading, more cache and greater data bandwidth, while little endian mode removes an application portability barrier and allows datacenters running Power Systems to leverage Red Hat’s vast ecosystem of certified applications originally developed for x86 architecture. This also means that these certified applications can be more easily migrated between x86-based and POWER processor-based systems, giving customers the advantages of both architectures.

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Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization

Red Hat® Enterprise Virtualization is a complete virtualization management solution. Created by the people who brought you Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization takes organizations beyond bare metal to meet critical business demands, while leveraging the performance advantages, competitive pricing, and trusted, stable environment expected from Red Hat.

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization builds on the powerful Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) hypervisor and the oVirt open virtualization management platform, projects started and released to the community by Red Hat. Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization is the platform of choice for virtualized Linux workloads and represents a true strategic virtualization alternative to organizations looking for better total cost of ownership, faster return on investment, and avoidance of vendor lock-in when compared to proprietary virtualization platforms.

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IBM and Red Hat workload optimization on the new IBM PureFlex System and Red Hat Enterprise Linux - Performance tuning and best practices guide for LAMP web server stack workload scalability and consolidation on IBM PureFlex System. Download here

IBM and Red Hat workload optimization on the new IBM PureFlex System and Red Hat Enterprise Linux - Deploying a performance-optimized J2EE application in a virtual environment − performance tuning and best practices guide. Download here