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Innovating in the Ecosystem for Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Z and LinuxONE

By Adam Jollans posted Tue December 01, 2020 04:57 AM



That’s the fundamental differentiator for businesses who want to survive and thrive in the hybrid cloud.

Red Hat OpenShift, building on the open source technologies of Linux containers and Kubernetes, provides a hybrid cloud platform that can run across multiple clouds, multiple locations and multiple architectures.

IBM Cloud Paks then package together containerized software such as development tools, databases and integration middleware, to enable business applications to be built. IBM Cloud Paks run on top of Red Hat OpenShift.

Combined with the IBM Z and LinuxONE enterprise servers, Red Hat OpenShift empowers enterprises to innovate at scale and with security in the hybrid cloud – from on-premises traditional IT infrastructure to the public cloud. Red Hat OpenShift first became available on IBM Z and LinuxONE in February 2020, with broader availability including four IBM Cloud Paks by October 2020.

Now it’s the turn of the ecosystem – the ISVs who develop the applications and other software that turns technology into business innovation. Over the past year, IBM and Red Hat have been working together with a wide range of partners to bring the best open source, commercial and industry software to Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Z and LinuxONE.

Here’s two examples

FUJITSU Enterprise Postgres

Fujitsu is a large multinational IT provider whose interests include enterprise software. Through their FUJITSU Enterprise Postgres offering, they have extended the open source PostgreSQL database to add enterprise features. In April 2020, they announced that FUJITSU Enterprise Postgres was available for IBM LinuxONE, delivering security, performance and high availability.

And now Fujitsu have containerized and optimized Enterprise Postgres to run on Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Z and LinuxONE, offering a cloud-native database on enterprise servers.

“As applications rapidly transition to microservices architecture, deployment of containerized database management systems (DBMS) are moving into the mainstream. Developers are seeking technologies for agility and security for DevSecOps,” said Fujitsu. “Containerized databases have emerged as key building block for shifting large, monolithic applications to microservices and serverless architectures.”

“FUJITSU Enterprise Postgres is certified on Red Hat OpenShift which is one of the highlights of FUJITSU Enterprise Postgres’s new optimized v12 release on IBM Z and LinuxONE. This solution integrates Fujitsu’s Data Masking and Transparent Data Encryption with IBM's Hardware Security Module for encryption and key management. This provides a foundation for a platform agnostic hybrid multicloud database solution using multiarch container x86 or IBM Z container images.”


LINBIT specializes in enterprise storage solutions, including high-availability, disaster recovery, and software-defined storage. With the rapid adoption of hybrid cloud, they have been developing persistent storage solutions for cloud-native applications built using containers and Kubernetes.

LINBIT have now optimized their LINBIT SDS for Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Z and LinuxONE, enabling dynamic provisioning of Persistent Volumes to a Kubernetes cluster. Available through the Red Hat Marketplace, you can read about it in the LINBIT blog.


Building the Ecosystem

These are just two of the many ecosystem partners we’re working with to bring innovation to the hybrid cloud and IBM Z and LinuxONE.

Through the Red Hat Marketplace, we’re providing a simpler way to buy and deploy container-based software across clouds.

 And through the LinuxONE Partner Network, we’re providing building blocks for innovation helping ISVs to build and certify applications faster, go to market faster, and sell digital offerings through IBM and Red Hat marketplaces.


That’s the fundamental differentiator for businesses who want to survive and thrive in the hybrid cloud.

Adam Jollans

Program Director, IBM Z & LinuxONE Marketing