Last month IBM acquired Red Hat, the enterprise open source solutions provider, whose offerings include; high-performing and enterprise versions of Linux, cloud management, container, and Kubernetes technologies. This got me thinking about industry activities over the past couple of years. A shift has happened.
Open source is now focusing on large enterprise applications. Microsoft and AWS are the leaders in the public cloud and most of their cloud customers are migrating with open source, or developing with open source. Their customers even run large apps on open source in the cloud.
Open source and the cloud are part of almost every enterprise IT strategy today. Because of this, the colliding worlds of IBM and Red Hat align directly with the state of the industry. We expect open source to continue to give enterprises the opportunity to save money, be flexible, and remain innovative.
The IBM acquisition of Red Hat simply made sense from a business standpoint. It gives IBM the dominant open source offering, and Red Hat plays well in private, public and hybrid cloud environments.
This acquisition also gives IBM access to the open source community and developers. For instance, IBM now in-directly owns Ansible, which enables customers to point and click on the cloud IT infrastructure they’d like to use.
This means IBM can be more competitive because the can be included with Microsoft and AWS in the public cloud as well as expand their scope in the hybrid cloud environments. In addition, IBM’s containers can now be managed via open-source orchestration tools such as Kubernetes, fueling DevOps strategies and accelerating development lifecycles.