Red Hat, IBM and SAP: Collaborating on bridging the intelligent enterprise with a cloud-native future

Red Hat is collaborating with SAP and IBM, its parent company, to help move SAP managed services on-premises.

The companies are looking to validate private deployments of SAP Cloud Platform as well as tie up related backing services on Red Hat OpenShift. By combining Gardener, an SAP managed Kubernetes service, and virtualisation capabilities on OpenShift, the companies hope to provide a more seamless ramp for on-premise deployments.

“For SAP Cloud Platform containerisation through SAP’s open source project ‘Gardener’ and future on-premise deployments, OpenShift virtualisation acts as a plugin to enable virtual infrastructure and support for services beyond public cloud environments in a customer’s own data centre,” wrote Chris Wright, VP and CTO at Red Hat in a blog post.

IBM has continued to beat the drum for hybrid cloud; a primary driver of the company’s acquisition of Red Hat. In his first note as IBM CEO in April, Arvind Krishna argued that an ‘essential, ubiquitous hybrid cloud platform’ was key to making the company ‘the most trusted technology partner of the 21st century.’

Wright expanded on this theme, noting the ‘intelligent enterprise’ – a tagline SAP uses frequently. “At Red Hat, we believe that the open hybrid cloud is the future – realising the opportunity it offers rests on balancing data strategies, business models, and using the latest innovation,” he wrote. “We find that as companies continue to rapidly evolve business models and re-architect processes to better support clients, suppliers and the workforce, many are realising that public cloud offerings cannot fully meet their changing needs.

“The result is an increased interest in intelligent enterprises based on private and open hybrid cloud offerings,” Wright added.

Elsewhere, IBM has expanded its relationship with Daimler, with the automotive manufacturer migrating its global after-sales portal to IBM’s public cloud. The platform, based on the IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service, is aimed at providing adaptability for transforming to microservices architectures, alongside scalability and security.

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