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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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"At end of day, it's all about cloud, all about moving applications into the cloud, all about modernizing their applications," said Bradley Brodkin, CEO of Toronto-based Red Hat partner HighVail Systems. "Kubernetes is how that's done," he added.

Kubernetes in recent years has become something close to a standardized technology for deploying containers at scale.

Four years ago, Red Hat made a bold bet on the open-source container orchestrator developed at Google.

It took an "aggressive and risky approach" to scrap work on OpenShift 2, and instead entirely rearchitect OpenShift 3 as a Kubernetes-based container management platform, said Vizuri’s Dickman.

Red Hat then doubled-down at the start of this year when it snagged CoreOS, a pioneering startup with a mature Kubernetes platform called Tectonic.

Combining OpenShift and Tectonic made hybrid cloud "Red Hat's market to lose," Dickman said.

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