IBM and Red Hat – betting the farm on hybrid cloud

IBM and Red Hat – betting the farm on hybrid cloud

In the largest software acquisition of all time, IBM has completed the purchase of Red Hat for a staggering

The drive behind this join up was to create a hybrid cloud company that would support the much slower march of enterprise businesses into the computing modern era, bringing the cloud to the Data Centre instead of the All-In approach traditionally favoured by the likes of Amazon. Having a singular IT environment that spans not only an organisation’s on-premise data centres but multiple public cloud providers too is growing in popularity.

The recent “Enterprise Cloud Index” report by Nutanix shows that 91% of companies believe that hybrid cloud is the ideal IT model with 41% of organisations adopting hybrid cloud within 2 years (up from 18% today). This 23% shift dwarfs the plans to adopt just public cloud offerings.

Indeed, since IBM announced their plans for Red Hat, both AWS (AWS Outposts) and Google Cloud Platform (GKE On-Prem) have release on-premise offerings. Together, with the forward thinking Microsoft Azure Stack, it’s clear where the new battle ground has shifted to.

So what does a combined IBM and Red Hat have in their kitbag to differentiate themselves? How can they grab their share of this $1T dollar hybrid market while they have been flagging at the bottom end of the public cloud market?

Experience turning open source into commercial success

The whole Red Hat business model was built on adding premium value to open source projects and making them worth paying for, all without losing the open source community involvement. The majority of Red Hat’s cloud solutions were open source projects, with Red Hat being one of the largest contributors. All the products were field tested by the community at large, gaining share and traction, before being commercialised by Red Hat.

Synergy between cloud platforms

IBM Cloud is built upon Softlayer (which IBM purchased in 2013) while Red Hat brings OpenStack to the party. IBM has already demonstrated these can interoperate in the public cloud while Red Hat has success in deploying OpenStack inside corporate data centres. Together, IBM has a proven hybrid model with extensive management capability.

Enterprise trust

Both IBM and Red Hat dominate server distributions within enterprise organisations, z/OS, AIX, and Red Hat. Both companies also have a track record with management and integration solutions such as WebSphere and JBOSS, so enterprises are used to dealing and integrating IBM and Red Hat products into the estate.

Only time will tell if IBM made the right choice betting the farm on hybrid cloud but this deal will shake up what was becoming a two horse race within cloud.


You can read the official IBM and Red Hat press release here.

Des TrundleIBM and Red Hat – betting the farm on hybrid cloud
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Women of Silicon Roundabout: Key Takeaways

Women of Silicon Roundabout: Key Takeaways

This week, Women of Silicon Roundabout opened its doors to over 5,000 incredibly passionate, brilliant and career driven individuals looking to explore all things business – from gender diversity and inclusion, to pushing boundaries and inspirational anecdotes from the rather Marvellous Karren Brady OBE…

And ECS Digital were right in the middle of the buzz! 

Proud to be silver sponsors, we set up shop in the middle of the conference – close enough to the fro-yo but sensibly out of reach of the specially brewed ‘DevHops’ beer on the other side of the room. With tote bags in hand and the DevOps Playground Panda for extra company, the team did an incredible job talking about the unique DNA of ECS Digital and the incredible DevOps / QA culture we have helped create for our clients. 

What was particularly refreshing about this event – other than the vibrant spectacle of business fashion which you never quite seem to get at male-dominated events – was that it solely exists to inspire, up-skill and give individuals the confidence to go out and do great things. Every speaker was rightly celebrated, with rooms packed to resemble the recent Spice Girls gig and audience members cheering like wildings for their admired colleagues. Every talk spoke to either the head or heart, or both. And every person who came by our stand was an absolute pleasure to speak with.

How spectacular is that! In light of all that is currently in flux (Brexit, Gender Pay Gap, Positive Discrimination, the number of CEO’s named David…) this conference boldly pushed through the negative noise and created an event filled to the brim with positivity, determined to set a few things straight. Including giving the audience the knowledge they need to make more informed decisions.

With this in mind, we couldn’t pull together a summary of this great event without drawing attention to the incredible job Marie Cruz and Samer Naqvi did on delivering their own talk on Software Testing Trends in 2019. Both QA and Continuous Delivery Consultants at ECS Digital, their talk looked at delivering less yawn, more Elvis in software testing, focusing on the tools and technology that help create valuable solutions. Here’s a little sneak peek…



It was also a great opportunity for both to showcase their expertise. In the words of Marie, 

“Speaking at Women of Silicon Roundabout has given me the boost of confidence in my career and I wouldn’t have done it without the support of ECS Digital. Networking with a lot of respectable women in technology and listening to the other speakers talk about their experiences just means that the technology sector is empowering women and we all have a role to play”

Whilst there is a recording on Facebook already, we hope to release the event exclusive version of their talk our YouTube channel very soon.

With so many speaker sessions over the two days, we could only catch a handful of talks, so here’s our Women of Silicon Roundabout key takeaway iceberg – with the hope that others might add some quotes or titbits of what we may have missed. Enjoy! 

Eloisa ToveeWomen of Silicon Roundabout: Key Takeaways
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Headless Chrome is Shaking Up Traditional Approaches to Test Automation

Headless Chrome is Shaking Up Traditional Approaches to Test Automation

When headless Chrome comes into the picture, you can say it kinda changes everything again in this space. Since Chrome is the dominant browser in the market, having headless testing abilities directly on Chrome is a blessing to software development…

Has the face of automation changed forever? Ken Soh explores. Read more by clicking on the link below.

Chromeless, Chrominator, Chromy, Navalia, Lambdium, GhostJS, AutoGCD

Umar KhanHeadless Chrome is Shaking Up Traditional Approaches to Test Automation
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