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Explore the benefits of using Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 and its open source ecosystem on IBM Z and LinuxONE

In November, the IBM Z community came together and hosted IBM Z Day, where various companies, organizations, and individuals told their stories and shared their expertise with IBM Z. In the open source track, we welcomed representatives from SUSE, Red Hat, and Canonical (Ubuntu) to talk about what their respective companies and Linux distributions had to offer.

In the case of Red Hat, IBM and Red Hat have been working together for more than 20 years helping customers and partners build solutions in open source technologies and innovations that amplify the value of open source for the developer community. In his in-depth session on this topic, Red Hat Global Solutions Architect Murthy Garimella began by exploring Red Hat’s relationship with IBM and their place in open source. In this blog post, I cover some of the key points from his talk. The link to the talk for on-demand viewing is available at the end of this post.

As a leader in the open source space, Red Hat is working across the community with technical leaders, developers, and partners to enable Red Hat open source technology to drive projects and products with rich features and commitment.

Red Hat and IBM share a common objective in their commitment to open source ecosystems, and both invest in the advancement of open source communities to build solutions across hybrid and multi-cloud environments. To find out more, I suggest reading “Red Hat and IBM: Accelerating the adoption of open source” by Red Hat CTO Chris Wright.

Enterprises are looking to open source technologies to support their existing infrastructure in terms of scalability, performance, security, and high availability in their journey to hybrid/multi-cloud deployments. These enterprises require speed, flexibility, and choice in order to achieve a consistent, reliable platform and a smooth transition. In order to build such an environment, you need to start with an operating system that supports public, private, bare metal, and virtualization to run enterprise workloads for cloud-native solutions. The operating system should work the same way in any environment, or provide a container platform that can package and move these apps across environments.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.x supports these requirements and more by offering enterprise-grade Linux. Version 8.1 was released in November 2019 — after the initial release in May 2019 — with more enhanced features like multi-platform support (such as IBM Power, IBM Z, ARM, and X86), open source innovation, world record-setting performance, live patching, and application allowlisting. For more details on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.1 features and information, refer to the Red Hat website. And because Red Hat Enterprise Linux has concurrent availability, IBM Z and IBM LinuxONE will support all of these open source features. Plus, you have various additional products on top of Red Hat Enterprise Linux itself, like the OpenShift Container Platform which is built on Kubernetes.

Red Hat OpenShift 4.x makes cloud-native technologies easier to use and more productive for developers who use the capabilities that automate set-up and management of Kubernetes environments. Thus, developers can focus on building the next generation of enterprise applications without requiring deep Kubernetes expertise. The latest version of OpenShift also adds ready-to-use developer services that support service mesh, serverless execution, cloud-native continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipelines, and more.

IBM has announced plans to bring Red Hat OpenShift and IBM Cloud Paks to the IBM Z and LinuxONE enterprise platforms. A developer preview of OpenShift 4.2 for IBM Z was made available in late November and can be found at

Red Hat continues to focus on supporting developers, as described in the blog post “Preserving the Red Hat developer experience.” The company is involved in many communities and supports everything from open source to containers to middleware to storage to OpenStack — all the way up to management and automation.

You can learn more about Red Hat Enterprise Linux on IBM Z and LinuxONE by watching Murthy Garimella’s recent presentation at IBM Z Day.

Note: Registration is required to view the presentation. To download the presentation file, click the “SEE MORE” link in the upper-right corner of the video window.

And be sure to visit us at upcoming events in 2020: SHARE, Red Hat Summit, Think 2020, and more!