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View From The Trenches: 3 Partners Scrutinize The IBM-Red Hat Deal

From the market dynamics that drove the deal to what IBM needs to due to ensure the acquisition is a success, solution providers give the planned IBM-Red Hat acquisition a closer look.

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IBM's blockbuster acquisition of Red Hat is all about taking a leadership position in hybrid cloud, which means the ability to span public and private environments, which means containers.

The technology uniquely enables application portability and ease of deployment across clouds—essential ingredients for the increasing number of enterprises adopting hybrid strategies.

"OpenShift [Red Hat's container platform] provides customers the choice of where to distribute their work independent of the public cloud provider," said Joe Dickman, senior vice president of Vizuri, a Red Hat consultancy based in Herndon, Va.

But buying a perch atop the container market doesn't guarantee hybrid cloud preeminence. IBM must remember that containers have transformed the industry because they deliver independence from any one ecosystem.

"That was the magic of Red Hat," said Michael Conley, executive vice president of managed & cloud services at Sirius Computer Solutions, a large IBM and Red Hat partner based in San Antonio, Texas.

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