Red Hat, IBM and SAP partnership drives cloud-native future for enterprises

Tech Intelligence Bulletin (HG Insights) – To help empower clients with the flexibility to run workloads in the most optimal cloud environment, IBM, Red Hat and SAP will collaborate to bring managed services from SAP on premise by validating private deployments of SAP Cloud Platform and related backing services on Red Hat OpenShift.

Maximizing the open hybrid cloud opportunity rests on balancing data strategies, business models, and using the latest innovation. As companies continue to rapidly evolve business models and re-architect processes to better support clients, suppliers and the workforce, many are realizing that public cloud offerings cannot fully meet their changing needs.

Intelligent enterprises

The result is an increased interest in intelligent enterprises based on private and open hybrid cloud offerings. Business intelligence is frequently being driven by managed services, like SAP Cloud Platform, which makes the ability to use these services on-premises a key need for many organizations. 

According to Red Hat, it has always valued collaboration in supporting ‘what’s next’ for enterprises, whether it’s cloud-native infrastructure or business-class intelligence solutions. This collaboration can be seen in Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP solutions, the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform which has been optimized for SAP environments, and can run across a broad set of hardware architectures including IBM POWER.

Meeting need for IT innovation

“We want to meet our customers’ needs for IT innovation wherever they are, from corporate datacenters to the public cloud and everywhere in between. To further this mission, we’re collaborating with SAP and IBM on a joint initiative to bring SAP’s managed services on-premises by validating private deployments of SAP Cloud Platform and related backing services on Red Hat OpenShift,” said Chris Wright, Chief Technology Officer, Red Hat.

Currently with select early adopter clients, this solution is planned to enable customers to build side-by-side extensions with the desired security – a critical requirement for customers in regulated industries.

Digitally enabled customers

As part of this project, SAP is planning to adapt the SAP Cloud Platform public offering so it can run from a customer’s location, using the customer’s datacenter resources to address specific needs for security, control, speed, agility and end-to-end development. By combining SAP Cloud Platform capabilities with Red Hat’s open source technologies, this solution, when available, will help customers innovate and become digitally enabled, while still running more securely behind the firewall in their own datacenters.

Container technology and Kubernetes

A key enabler of SAP cloud native services running on-premise is the use of container technology and Kubernetes. The integration of SAP’s open source project ‘Gardener’ and Red Hat OpenShift’s new virtualization capabilities are crucial components to allow smooth and scalable on-premise deployments. Through OpenShift virtualization, customers can host SAP’s managed services on a more secure, dedicated virtual infrastructure. At the same time, they can use OpenShift’s identity management and service discovery to drive cleaner integration with existing systems. For operations teams, managed services become just another OpenShift workload that can be implemented, maintained, resource managed and monitored consistently through familiar Kubernetes primitives and tooling. 

More consistent development experience

Built on the KubeVirt community project, OpenShift virtualization offers a more consistent development experience across VMs, containers and serverless functions. For SAP Cloud Platform containerization through SAP’s open source project ‘Gardener’ and future on-premise deployments, OpenShift virtualization acts as a plugin to enable virtual infrastructure and support for services beyond public cloud environments in a customer’s own datacenter. 

“Together with IBM and SAP, Red Hat aims to continue to open new doors for customers and jointly drive a common approach to hyperscale Kubernetes cluster management. This community-oriented collaboration looks to tap into trends such as virtualization and Kubernetes as a means to modernize IT landscapes for customers, thereby supporting their journey to become an intelligent enterprise,” said Wright.