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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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Transformation has been a buzz word at IBM in recent years as it has looked to modernize its business and advance the strategic imperatives of cloud, security, mobility and analytics.

But once Big Blue takes charge of Red Hat, effectively merging two large portfolios will present a massive new business and technical transformation challenge.

Brodkin expects IBM to launch a comprehensive project to maximize the benefits of Red Hat's portfolio.

That could entail migrating much of its software—a suite that includes thousands of titles—to open source, running on OpenShift built on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, using Kubernetes for orchestration, Ansible for resource configuration, and shifting from WebSphere to JBoss for middleware and application delivery.

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