Multicloud and hybrid cloud architectures have each gained significant traction over time, for different reasons:
- In the case of multi-cloud setups, IT organizations have increasingly sought to find the right blend of functionality, pricing and service-level agreement by configuring more than one service of the same deployment type (i.e., public or private) from other service providers.
- With a hybrid cloud, companies can blend the security and customization of a private cloud with the elasticity and versatility of a public cloud. This method helps in preserving existing investments and possibly lowering their total cost of ownership compared to a pure public cloud.
IBM and Red Hat have had their fingers on the pulse of these overarching trends for years. As a result, the two vendors have created a vast range of solutions that make it easier for organizations to build, deploy and maintain applications across multi-cloud and hybrid cloud environments.
Over the first six months of 2021, the InfoSystems team has kept up with the major IBM and Red Hat developments in the multi-cloud and hybrid cloud spaces. They’ve tracked key announcements and provided in-depth analysis of how specific solutions interconnect. In this post, we will provide a high-level overview of some recent posts of interest.
Let’s get started!
Red Hat Ansible Automation 101: An Intro To Automating Everything
In January 2021, we covered one of the most powerful solutions for automating virtually anything with theRed Hat Ansible Automation Platform. As its title suggest, this piece offers a basic introduction to Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, with details on:
- What the platform can automate and how it does so on a technical level.
- Why automation tools are necessary in the first place, and what benefits are possible through more efficient IT automation.
- The big use cases for Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform such as configuration management.
How To Enhance Your Hybrid Cloud Strategy with Red Hat OpenShift
Hybrid clouds have become popular options for enterprises seeking the best features of private and public clouds within the same architecture. We turn our attention to another major Red Hat solution, OpenShift, which is important for ensuring consistency across hybrid cloud environments for this blog post.
Basically, OpenShift is a family of technologies that enables streamlined management of software containers. The Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform uses Kubernetes and a base of Red Hat Enterprise Linux to orchestrate containers that include an application and everything that it needs to run in any environment. Because containers are abstracted away from the underlying operating system, the applications they enclose are highly portable - perfect for moving across hybrid clouds.
Read more about OpenShift and hybrid cloud.
Understanding Ansible Modules & How They Enhance IBM Power Systems
And now back to Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform. Modules are important parts of how Ansible works. Each one contains executable code and is designed to run in a lightweight way with no agents required for managing the management.
This piece explores what makes Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform modules tick, and examines another big reason they’re so useful - namely, the fact that they can be run on any major operating system, including the IBM Power Systems family of AIX, IBM i and Linux on Power. On these OSes, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform can handle tasks like patch management and application deployment.
Get the full rundown of Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform on IBM Power Systems.
Red Hat Ansible On IBM Power Systems: Prime Use Cases & Advantages
If the above post didn’t fully satisfy your curiosity about how Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform and IBM Power Systems work together, then this one should do the trick. Here, we examine:
- How the solution benefits IBM Power Systems users, in the form of increased convenience through easy setup.
- The extensive flexibility of Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform in automating almost anything within an organization.
We also provided a shorter overview of the Ansible-Power Systems combination on our eBook landing page. Scroll all the way down the page to download a free copy that provides our most nuanced look at why Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform is a game changer for IBM Power Systems environments.
How To Save Time, Money & Effort on IBM Power Systems with Ansible
If you’re interested mostly in distilling the benefits of the Ansible-Power Systems combo, without as much exploration of the technical aspects, then this is the right post for you. We talk about how using Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform helps minimizes unexpected and costly events like outages and security breaches. At the end, we also give a rundown of how Ansible works in case you’re interested.
Get an overview of the business-side benefits of using Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform on IBM Power Systems.
A 4-Step Guide to Building a Hybrid Cloud with IBM Power Systems
Although hybrid cloud has many potential benefits, actually building one can seem daunting. We help you navigate the journey in this article which covers four big phases to go through when architecting a hybrid cloud in an IBM Power Systems environment.
Building The Optimal Hybrid Architecture in a Shifting IT Landscape
There are significant challenges en route to a hybrid cloud or a multicloud architecture. Budget constraints, application portability, operation silos - we hit on all of the big obstacles in the current IT landscape, and offer some ways of overcoming them, in the form of DevOps, Infrastructure as Code and more.
Take a look at what you can do to adapt to a shifting IT landscape.