Big Blue’s Red Stack
The leaner, newly restructured IBM will squarely aim at the market’s massive hybrid cloud opportunity by leveraging its Red Hat subsidiary, purchased two years ago for $34 billion.
“Hybrid cloud is a trillion-dollar addressable market for IBM,” Krishna said.
Red Hat enables IBM to win the “architectural battle” for cloud-native environments.
The IBM stack has a foundation of Linux and Kubernetes.
The products delivering those open-source technologies are Red Hat Enterprise Linux and OpenShift, Red Hat’s container platform that supports all client IT infrastructure, from on-premises to public cloud to private cloud to Z and Power Systems.
Moving up the stack, IBM’s middleware portfolio is now integrated and delivered by OpenShift through a family of Cloud Paks.
IBM now has 2,400 hybrid cloud platform customers and is seeing rapid growth, Krishna said, with a doubling of large Red Hat deals last year.