“We can‘t be essential unless our partners are skilled in our products and confident in going to their clients with our products and selling them with us and for IBM,” IBM channel chief Kate Woolley said.
IBM has started giving registered members of its PartnerWorld program access to the training, badges and enablement IBM sales employees get along with a new learning hub for accessing materials.
The expansion is part of the Armonk, N.Y.-based tech giant’s investment in its partner program, IBM channel chief Kate Woolley told CRN in an interview.
“We can‘t be essential unless our partners are skilled in our products and confident in going to their clients with our products and selling them with us and for IBM,” said Woolley (pictured), general manager of the IBM ecosystem.
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Partners now have access to sales and technical badges showing industry expertise, according to a blog post Tuesday. Badges are shareable on LinkedIn and other professional social platforms. IBM sales representatives and partners will receive new content at the same time as it becomes available.
“This is the next step in that journey in terms of making sure that all of our registered partners have access to all of the same training, all of the same enablement materials as IBMers,” Woolley told CRN. “That’s the big message that we want people to hear. And then also in line with continuing to make it easier to do business with IBM, this has all been done through a much improved digital experience in terms of how our partners are able to access and consume.”
Among the materials available to IBM partners are scripts for sales demonstrations, templates for sales presentations and positioning offerings compared to competitors, white papers, analyst reports and solution briefs. Skilling and enablement materials are available through a new learning hub IBM has launched.
“The partners are telling us they want more expertise on their teams in terms of the IBM products that they‘re able to sell and how equipped they are to sell them,” Woolley said. “And as we look at what we’re hearing from clients as well, clients want that. … Our clients are saying, ‘We want more technical expertise. We want more experiential selling. We want IBM’ – and that means the IBM ecosystem as well – ‘to have all of that expertise and to have access to all the right enablement material to be able to engage with us as clients.’”
The company has doubled the number of brand-specialized partner sellers in the ecosystem and increased the number of technical partner sellers by more than 35 percent, according to IBM.
The company’s latest program changes have led to improved deal registration and introduced to partners more than 7,000 potential deals valued at more than $500 million globally, according to IBM. Those numbers are based on IBM sales data from January 2022 to August.
Along with the expanded access to training and enablement resources, Woolley told CRN that another example of aligning the IBM sales force and partners was a single sales kickoff event for employees and partners. A year ago, two separate events were held.
“I want our partners to continue to feel and see this as a big investment in them and representative of how focused we are on the ecosystem and how invested we are,” she said.
It is critical for small business owners to protect confidential data proactively because the average cost of a data breach is huge. And in a worst-case scenario, data breach incidents can force businesses to be defunct as well. In this post, you will learn – what is the cost of a data breach and what you do to cut down the cost.
Some companies prepare data breach reports each year to help understand various aspects of data breach incidents.
Here are the top three reputed resources for data breach reports:
Sponsored by IBM Security, The Cost of Data Breach Report features research independently done by Ponemon Institute annually. In this report, the institute studies companies impacted by data breaches worldwide.
Each year, Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report explains data-driven, real-world views on what commonly befalls companies with regard to cybercrime. This data breach study offers many actionable insights to beef up your cybersecurity.
If you want to look at how data breaches affect consumers across various reasons and industries, ForgeRock Consumer Identity Breach Report is the right resource. The report also offers insights into how one can strengthen cybersecurity to stay protected from attacks.
Data breaches often have long-term impacts on businesses. In addition to the cost of loss of data and regulatory fines, data breaches also have indirect costs, including employee turnover, lost revenue, customer turnover, negative search results, etc.
The following are key findings pertinent to data breach cost:
The average global cost of a data breach touched $4.35 million globally in 2022, according to the data breach report from IBM. This is an all-time high, up by 2.6% from the last year.
If you are curious about the average total cost of a breach in the US? The answer is $9.44 million. The average cost of a breach in the US is the highest globally.
Do you want to know the average cost of a data breach by industry? Look at the following data from the IBM report:
The healthcare industry has the highest data breach costs, and the public sector has the lowest costs.
Smishing, a type of phishing that relies on text messages to induce users to reveal sensitive data, is emerging as one of the most significant data breach threats.
A Proofpoint report states that smishing attacks doubled in US users in 2021. And data from Federal Trade Commission (FTC) revealed that 378,119 SMS-related fraud reports were filed in 2021.
Double checking messages that create a sense of urgency or fear, avoiding clicking suspicious links, and contacting banks and other authorities directly for account-related issues are some effective ways to protect from smishing attacks.
Here are industries that are the main data breach victims, according to the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report:
After threat actors have encrypted data in a ransomware attack, business owners often consider paying the ransom. In fact, 53% of companies opt to pay for ransom. However, paying money isn’t always a good option. This is because paying threat actors encourages them to target more businesses And there is no certain that you will get full access to your data after the payment.
Uber paid hackers $100,000 to delete the compromised data but eventually spent $148 million in the final settlement.
The longer a breach goes undetected, the more time threat actors will have to exfiltrate/encrypt data. So it is no surprise that a shorter data breach lifecycle (time passed between the first detection of the breach and its containment) links with lower data breach costs.
Data breach lifecycle within 200 days related to a global average cost of $3.74 million in 2022. But a data breach lifecycle of more than 200 days is linked with an average cost of $ 4.86 million.
The average cost of a data breach per record is $164 globally, finds the IBM data breach report. The average data breach per record cost has increased by 1.2% from 2021.
Having remote workforces increases the costs of data breaches. According to the IBM data breach report, companies having more than 80% remote workforces pay $5.10 million in average data breach costs.
According to the IBM report, the average data breach lifecycle duration is 277 days in 2022. In 2021, it took an average of 212 days to identify a breach and 75 days to contain it, making an average data breach lifecycle duration of 287 days. The longer the data breach lifecycle is, the more data breach costs will be.
When it comes to data breaches, small businesses are heavily impacted. In fact, 28% of Data Breaches in 2020 involved small businesses, according to 2020 DBIR. An incident of a data breach can result in increased cost of products/services. The IBM report states that 60% of organizations’ breaches cause an increase in prices.
Implementing security AI and automation, having an incident response team, focusing on risks, and adopting a zero-trust model can cut down on the cost of a data breach.
Here are findings from the IBM report on data breach cost to prove it:
Now that you know – what is the cost of a data breach? It is time to strengthen your data security to protect customer data or any other kinds of sensitive data from any potential data breach.
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President Biden traveled to New York on Thursday to tout another major manufacturing investment, this time from IBM, as a sign of confidence among business leaders in the U.S. economy.
Amid concerns about gas prices, broader inflation and rising interest rates, Biden on Thursday sought to focus on a particular bright spot for the administration: latest investments by major tech companies spurred by federal legislation to support semiconductor manufacturing and shore up the domestic supply chain.
Biden was in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., on Thursday to celebrate a planned $20 billion investment from IBM over the next decade to boost research and development initiatives and semiconductor manufacturing.
The IBM announcement came on the heels of Micron, another semiconductor manufacturer, unveiling plans to spend $100 billion on a new facility near Syracuse, N.Y. Micron previously announced a major investment in its Boise, Idaho, campus.
And Biden visited Ohio last month to highlight a groundbreaking for a new Intel facility.
“As we saw during the pandemic, when factories that make these chips shut down around the world, the global economy literally comes to a screeching halt,” Biden said Thursday.&nbsp;
“More Americans have learned the phrase ‘supply chain,’” he added. “Well guess what. The supply chain is going to start here and end here, in the United States.”
Those investments aim to restore microchip manufacturing to the U.S. over the next decade after companies outsourced production to Asian countries. Biden noted that car prices skyrocketed in latest years due to a shortage of chips, which are also used in smartphones, appliances and weapon systems.&nbsp;&nbsp;
The IBM announcement is the latest economic win for the White House since the passage of the CHIPS and Science Act, which passed with bipartisan support and included more than $50 billion in incentives for manufacturers to build domestic semiconductor plants. It also included more than $80 billion for the National Science Foundation to support innovation and research.
Still, the White House is grappling with shorter-term economic headwinds and policy decisions that are largely out of its control.
The Federal Reserve, an independent body, is sticking with its plan to raise interest rates in an effort to bring prices down, despite warnings from Biden administration officials and lawmakers that continued fiscal tightening could ravage the economy.&nbsp;
In her first public remarks since being confirmed to the board, Federal Reserve Governor Lisa Cook said Thursday that getting inflation under control “will require ongoing rate hikes and then keeping policy restrictive for some time.”
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Thursday that interest rate hikes are taking a toll on the global economy, particularly among poorer nations that may now struggle to pay their debts.
“Policymakers in the major economies must continue implementing policies to rein in high inflation while remaining attentive to global repercussions,” Yellen said at a Center for Global Development event.
Her comments came after the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development this week urged the Federal Reserve and other central banks to reverse course on aggressive rate hikes, warning that they could cause a global recession.
The International Monetary Fund said Thursday that the global economy will lose out on roughly $4 trillion in growth through 2026 and predicted that “things are more likely to get worse before it gets better.” The World Trade Organization on Wednesday estimated that global trade will only grow by 1 percent next year, down from its 3.4 percent prediction in April.
Higher interest rates are already beginning to slow hiring in the U.S. The number of job openings fell by 1.1 million from July to August, according to Labor Department data released Tuesday, giving economists some hope that the nation’s labor shortage will ease but prompting concerns about a larger slowdown.
Meanwhile, OPEC+ this week announced that it would cut global oil production by 2 million barrels a day in anticipation of lower demand, a move that will likely increase prices at the pump soon.&nbsp;
Before departing for New York, Biden told reporters he was disappointed in the decision by the oil-exporting coalition, which includes Saudi Arabia and Russia, and indicated the White House was exploring alternatives to try and stabilize gas prices.
“There’s a lot of alternatives. We haven&#8217;t made up our mind yet,” Biden said.
Brian Deese, head of the National Economic Council, said one focus would be on pushing oil refiners to bring down the retail price of gasoline to more in line with historical trends when compared with the wholesale cost.
The administration will be closely eyeing a few key economic indicators in the coming weeks. Unemployment numbers from September will be released on Friday, with last month&#8217;s inflation data coming the week after.
When asked about the broader economic trajectory of the country, Deese told reporters the White House is trying to balance both short-term concerns about the U.S. economy and long-term efforts to transition the economy after the peak of the coronavirus pandemic into a sustainable, stable place.
“Even as we focus on the important near-term issues, like dealing with refineries to try to keep the progress in gas prices coming down to sustain it, we are very focused on the long-term economic strategy that this president has had since taking office,” Deese told reporters. “And one of the key hallmarks of that is how do we build a more resilient economy.”
IBM botched a $9.2 million contract to upgrade Merrimack-based Connection’s financial software, disrupting the tech vendor’s business and causing it to lose “millions of dollars,” according to a lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Concord.
The suit squares off two publicly traded technology firms: Connection, with annual revenue of just under $3 billion, with IBM, which has over $57 billion in revenue.
According to the suit, Connection contracted with IBM in 2017 to implement a new enterprise resource planning system, which companies rely on to manages customer purchasing, billing order fulfillment, financial accounting, inventory tracking and payment/credit card procession. Connection had been using a system known as JDE World since 1998, but in 2013 IBM recommended upgrading to a newer JDE platform, EnterpriseOne, saying it would be faster and less costly to implement.
IBM, charging $600,000 for a preliminary investigation, concluded that it could do a “vanilla” upgrade of the “out-of-the-box” software that would be suitable for Connection in 17 months. IBM charged the company $9.2 million for the switch, says the suit, even though it “knew that the complexities of Connection’s business required extensive configuration and high customization.”
The contract took longer than 17 months. Indeed, it didn’t go live until May 2020, with an added cost of $2 million, according to the complaint. When Connection officials expressed concerns about whether the system was ready to go live, IBM officials allegedly assured them that it was ready, that Connection was “too conservative,” suffering from “change management issues” and had to be willing to “rip off the Band-Aid,” since any issues could easily be resolved with a “workaround.” Besides, the lawsuit says, if something went wrong, it could always go back to JD World.
But when Connection switched to the new system it was allegedly unable to do a myriad of tasks reliably, including accepting orders, invoicing, accurately processing credit cards and tracking inventory. Taxes were charged to those who were tax-exempt, some orders were shipped when credit card actions were declined and other orders were accepted for goods Connection didn’t have, the complaint charges.
And, the complaint contends, Connection couldn’t return to the old system.
Connection contends it spent almost 81,000 hours fixing the deficiencies and that the disruptions cost the company to lose both customers and revenue. It charges IBM with eight counts, including breach of contract, professional negligence, fraudulent misrepresentation and violation of the NH Consumer Protection Act and asks for unspecified damages.
Connection attorney Christopher Carter of Hinckley, Allen & Snyder, declined comment at deadline.
IBM’s attorney hadn’t put in a court appearance at deadline, but the company released the following statement: “IBM rejects every allegation in the complaint and will defend itself vigorously in this case.”
IBM on Thursday will announce plans to invest $20 billion over the next 10 years on research and development initiatives and semiconductor manufacturing as President Biden visits the company’s campus in New York.
Biden will travel to Poughkeepsie to speak about his economic plan and meet with workers, a White House official said. The president will highlight IBM’s announcement, which comes on the heels of another investment from chip manufacturer Micron in upstate New York.
IBM said its vision for the Poughkeepsie campus is to become “a global hub of the company’s quantum computing development.”
Biden will be joined during the visit by Reps. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.), Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) and Pat Ryan (D-N.Y.).
Biden will also attend fundraisers in New York City and Red Bank, N.J., during Thursday’s trip.
The IBM announcement is the latest economic win for the White House since the passage of the CHIPS and Science Act, which passed with bipartisan support and included more than $50 billion in incentives for manufacturers to build domestic semiconductor plants. It also included more than $80 billion for the National Science Foundation authorized over five years to support innovation and research.
Biden administration officials had for months warned of supply chain and national security risks if Congress did not invest in domestic manufacturing of chips that are used to power computers, cars and major home appliances, arguing the U.S. would become too reliant on China and others for the semiconductors.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) placed responsibility squarely on President Joe Biden and his administration to tackle an influx of immigrants coming to the state.
Describing the situation as a worsening “humanitarian crisis,” Hochul lamented a lack of federal action to address the declining situation.
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“We really are looking for a federal response to this, to take ownership of a crisis, and we’ll be there to help, but this belongs to the federal government,” Hochul told reporters, per the New York Post.
Hochul, who has described herself as a "Biden Democrat," implored the federal government to acknowledge the urgency of the situation.
“We want the federal government to see that this is a humanitarian crisis," she added.
Over latest weeks, roughly 18,600 asylum-seekers are estimated to have arrived in New York City. Some Republican governors in Southern states, including Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, have in latest months transported immigrants to blue states or cities in an effort to draw attention to the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border. For example, between Aug. 5 and mid-September, Texas moved 2,500 immigrants to New York City, according to the Texas governor's office.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams, a Democrat, recently declared an emergency on the situation and claimed that schools and homeless shelters have been overwhelmed.
Hochul's midterm election opponent, Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), has criticized her for backing policies that he says incentivize immigrants to head toward the Empire State.
“There’s a Green Light Law that is in place that prevents federal law enforcement from being able to get access to DMV records. There was just an expansion of all Medicaid, where they’re now providing additional tax dollars to people who aren’t legally here,” Zeldin said in a statement, per the New York Post.
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The New York governor reportedly noted that she is working to prod the federal government into pouring more resources to assist with the immigrant situation.
Last month, the U.S. crossed a record-breaking 2 million migrant crossings for the fiscal year ending in September at the U.S.-Mexico border.
ARMONK, N.Y., Oct. 5, 2022 — IBM has announced it will add Red Hat storage product roadmaps and Red Hat associate teams to the IBM Storage business unit, bringing consistent application and data storage across on-premises infrastructure and cloud.
With the move, IBM will integrate the storage technologies from Red Hat OpenShift Data Foundation (ODF) as the foundation for IBM Spectrum Fusion. This combines IBM and Red Hat’s container storage technologies for data services and helps accelerate IBM’s capabilities in the burgeoning Kubernetes platform market.
In addition, IBM intends to offer new Ceph solutions delivering a unified and software defined storage platform that bridges the architectural divide between the data center and cloud providers. This further advances IBM’s leadership in the software defined storage and Kubernetes platform markets.
According to Gartner, by 2025, 60% of infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders will implement at least one of the hybrid cloud storage architectures, which is a significant increase from 20% in 2022.1 IBM’s software defined storage strategy is to take a “born in the cloud, for the cloud” approach—unlocking bi-directional application and data mobility based on a shared, secure, and cloud-scale software defined storage foundation.
“Red Hat and IBM have been working closely for many years, and today’s announcement enhances our partnership and streamlines our portfolios,” said Denis Kennelly, general manager of IBM Storage, IBM Systems. “By bringing together the teams and integrating our products under one roof, we are accelerating the IBM’s hybrid cloud storage strategy while maintaining commitments to Red Hat customers and the open-source community.”
“Red Hat and IBM have a shared belief in the mission of hybrid cloud-native storage and its potential to help customers transform their applications and data,” said Joe Fernandes, vice president of hybrid platforms, Red Hat. “With IBM Storage taking stewardship of Red Hat Ceph Storage and OpenShift Data Foundation, IBM will help accelerate open-source storage innovation and expand the market opportunity beyond what each of us could deliver on our own. We believe this is a clear win for customers who can gain a more comprehensive platform with new hybrid cloud-native storage capabilities.”
As customers formulate their hybrid cloud strategies, critical to success is the emphasis and importance of infrastructure consistency, application agility, IT management and flexible consumption consistency as deciding factors to bridge across on-premises and cloud deployments.
With these changes to the IBM portfolio, clients will have access to a consistent set of storage services while preserving data resilience, security, and governance across bare metal, virtualized and containerized environments. Some of the many benefits of the software defined portfolio available from IBM will include:
“IBM and Red Hat speaking with one voice on storage is delivering the synergies derived from IBM’s Red Hat acquisition,” said Ashish Nadkarni, group vice president and general manager, Infrastructure Systems at IDC. “The combining of the two storage teams is a win for IT organizations as it brings together the best that both offer: An industry-leading storage systems portfolio meets an industry-leading software-defined data services offering. This initiative enables IBM and Red Hat to streamline their family of offerings, passing the benefits to their customers. It also helps accelerate innovation in storage to solve the data challenges for hybrid cloud, all while maintaining their commitment to open source.”
Preserving Commitment to Red Hat Clients and the Community
Under the agreement between IBM and Red Hat, IBM will assume Premier Sponsorship of the Ceph Foundation, whose members collaborate to drive innovation, development, marketing, and community events for the Ceph open-source project. IBM Ceph and Red Hat OpenShift Data Foundation will remain 100% open source and will continue to follow an upstream-first model, reinforcing IBM’s commitment to these vital communities. Participation by the Ceph leadership team and other aspects of the open-source project is a key IBM priority to maintain and nurture ongoing Red Hat innovation.
Red Hat and IBM intend to complete the transition by January 1, 2023, which will involve the transfer of storage roadmaps and Red Hat associates to the IBM Storage business unit. Following this date, Red Hat OpenShift Platform Plus will continue to include OpenShift Data Foundation, sold by Red Hat and its partners. Additionally, Red Hat OpenStack customers will still be able to buy Red Hat Ceph Storage from Red Hat and its partners. Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat OpenStack customers with existing subscriptions will be able to maintain and grow their storage footprints as needed, with no change in their Red Hat relationship.
Forthcoming IBM Ceph and IBM Spectrum Fusion storage solutions based on Ceph are expected to ship beginning in the first half of 2023.
Read more about today’s news in this blog from Denis Kennelly, general manager of IBM Storage, IBM Systems: “IBM + Red Hat: Doubling Down on Hybrid Cloud Storage“.
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IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider, helping clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,800 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently, and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity, and service.
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POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y., Oct 6 (Reuters) - President Joe Biden on Thursday championed his administration's push to subsidize U.S. semiconductor chip manufacturing and boost blue-collar jobs at a visit to an IBM Corp (IBM.N) facility in New York.
IBM plans to invest $20 billion in New York's Hudson Valley region, once a manufacturing powerhouse, over the next decade to make and develop semiconductors, mainframe technology, artificial intelligence and quantum computing.
"Where is it written that we can’t lead manufacturing in the world?” Biden said. "The supply chain is going to start here and end here, in the United States."
Government funding is essential to boost manufacturing and ensure U.S. national security by producing critical goods now made abroad, Biden said. His administration and fellow Democrats have directed billions in federal funding to encourage private- sector spending and create jobs.
IBM's announcement is the latest in a string of investments unveiled since Biden signed the Chips and Science bill in August which funded $52 billion to subsidize semiconductor chips manufacturing and research.
"America invented these chips," Biden said.
Hefty subsidies for private businesses are necessary because China and the European Union had been awarding billions in incentives to chip companies, the White House says.
Biden has sought to capitalize on the investment announcements ahead of next month's midterm congressional elections. Last month, he traveled to Ohio to speak at the site of Intel Corp's (INTC.O) planned $20 billion semiconductor manufacturing facility.
The Hudson Valley, home of IBM's Poughkeepsie site, was an economic powerhouse during America's Industrial Revolution, but regional jobs dried up during the second half of the last century, as companies fled to lower-cost locations.
IBM, which laid off thousands of people in the region in the 1990s when it moved chip and other manufacturing, said it now plans to make the site "a global hub of the company's quantum computing development, just as it is today for mainframes."
IBM did not provide a detailed breakdown of its $20 billion investment plans.
The White House said it was sparked by Biden's economic policies.
"The industrial strategy is really helping to drive a renaissance in American manufacturing, and domestic investment ... that we haven’t seen in generations," White House National Economic Director Brian Deese told reporters en route to the IBM site.
On Tuesday, Micron Technology (MU.O) said it would invest up to $100 billion over the next 20-plus years to build a semiconductor fabrication facility in New York that is expected to create nearly 50,000 jobs, with the first phase investment of $20 billion planned this decade.
Biden was joined by IBM Chief Executive Arvind Krishna.
Reporting by Nandita Bose in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and David Shepardson in Washington Editing by Heather Timmons and Matthew Lewis
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IBM announced it will add Red Hat storage product roadmaps and Red Hat associate teams to the IBM Storage business unit, bringing consistent application and data storage across on-premises infrastructure and cloud.
With the move, IBM will integrate the storage technologies from Red Hat OpenShift Data Foundation (ODF) as the foundation for IBM Spectrum Fusion. This combines IBM and Red Hat's container storage technologies for data services and helps accelerate IBM's capabilities in the burgeoning Kubernetes platform market.
In addition, IBM intends to offer new Ceph solutions delivering a unified and software defined storage platform that bridges the architectural divide between the data center and cloud providers. This further advances IBM's leadership in the software defined storage and Kubernetes platform markets, according to the vendor.
"Red Hat and IBM have been working closely for many years, and today's announcement enhances our partnership and streamlines our portfolios," said Denis Kennelly, general manager of IBM Storage, IBM Systems. "By bringing together the teams and integrating our products under one roof, we are accelerating the IBM's hybrid cloud storage strategy while maintaining commitments to Red Hat customers and the open-source community."
Benefits of the software defined portfolio available from IBM will include:
"Red Hat and IBM have a shared belief in the mission of hybrid cloud-native storage and its potential to help customers transform their applications and data," said Joe Fernandes, vice president of hybrid platforms, Red Hat. "With IBM Storage taking stewardship of Red Hat Ceph Storage and OpenShift Data Foundation, IBM will help accelerate open-source storage innovation and expand the market opportunity beyond what each of us could deliver on our own. We believe this is a clear win for customers who can gain a more comprehensive platform with new hybrid cloud-native storage capabilities."
Under the agreement between IBM and Red Hat, IBM will assume Premier Sponsorship of the Ceph Foundation, whose members collaborate to drive innovation, development, marketing, and community events for the Ceph open-source project.
IBM Ceph and Red Hat OpenShift Data Foundation will remain 100% open source and will continue to follow an upstream-first model, reinforcing IBM's commitment to these vital communities, according to the company.
Red Hat and IBM intend to complete the transition by January 1, 2023, which will involve the transfer of storage roadmaps and Red Hat associates to the IBM Storage business unit.
Following this date, Red Hat OpenShift Platform Plus will continue to include OpenShift Data Foundation, sold by Red Hat and its partners.
Additionally, Red Hat OpenStack customers will still be able to buy Red Hat Ceph Storage from Red Hat and its partners. Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat OpenStack customers with existing subscriptions will be able to maintain and grow their storage footprints as needed, with no change in their Red Hat relationship.
Forthcoming IBM Ceph and IBM Spectrum Fusion storage solutions based on Ceph are expected to ship beginning in the first half of 2023.
For more information about this news, visit www.ibm.com.