Database administrators are responsible for the day to day management of database environments, including relational databases management systems, cloud databases, or those used for database-driven web applications. Database administration is a great career choice, with plenty of employment options and (typically) a great salary. The competition for DBA jobs can be fierce, however, and, as such, we recommend getting a database administrator certification. With that in mind, this tutorial highlights some of the best DBA certifications designed to enhance your career.
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A DBA certification is a certificate (paper of digital) a person earns that specifies the owner has acquired experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities related to the administration of a particular type of database system, as well as the ability to manage stored data. There are a slew of database administration certificates available and your choice of which to pursue will largely depend upon your current career or where you would like to see yourself in the future.
Odds are, you will want to pursue multiple DBA certifications in order to enhance your skills and employability (not to mention salary range). For instance, you may want to get certified in managing an MS SQL server and T-SQL (Transaction Structured Query Language) if you want to work in a shop that uses Microsoft-related technology.
There are several types of database administrator certifications to consider as well. As in the above example, some DBA certifications fall in the “proprietary” classification. Proprietary certifications relate to certs that are for specific database vendors, like Microsoft, IBM, or Oracle. Regular DBA certifications, however, will cover syllabus that are vendor-agnostic, such as SQL, database development, data modeling, or data analysis.
Each type of database certification has its pros and cons and the decision of which to choose will, again, depend on your career path and future goals.
Below you will find some of the top database administration certifications, listed in no particular order of importance.
The first certification on our list is from Microsoft and is dubbed the Microsoft Certified Azure Database Admin Associate certification. If you are a DBA that uses SQL and Microsoft Azure, this certificate is a must-have. It is a beginner/entry-level certification that consists of a single exam, during which you will need to exhibit the following competencies:
If you would like to train for the test, Microsoft has a free training course to let you test your abilities. Those that pass the test receive a digital DBA certification and a Microsoft Certified badge for LinkedIn. The exam costs $165. You can sign-up for the certification exam by visiting its page: Microsoft Certified Azure Database Administrator Associate.
IBM DB2 is one of the top database systems in the world, regardless of whether you work in a Linux, Unix, or Windows-based environment. It is an intermediate-level database administration certification that validates admins who are capable of routine database administrative tasks, including how to create, update, and maintain databases and write basic SQL. Other requirements of the exam include being able to manage a database server, monitor activity, performance, and availability, as well as, secure a database system.
The certification is made up of two exams, which are each around 60 questions and 90 minutes apiece. Each exam will run $200 (or $400 in total) and are available via Pearson VUE. You can also learn more about the exam by visiting the IBM Certified Database Administrator Certification page.
For database admins that prefer the SQL flavor of PostgreSQL, the Certified PostgreSQL DBA (CPSDBA) certification is a must. While a bit on the costly side ($2395-2995) and time constrained – you have to complete a series of courses over a 4-day time period – the certification can help open many doors if you are looking for a job as a PostgreSQL DBA.
Day 1 of the certification covers systems architecture, installation and database clusters, and how to create and manage databases. Day 2 is all about database security, monitoring, User Tools and GUI, database configuration, tablespaces, backup, and recovery.
Day 3 tackles routine database maintenance, performance optimization, best practices for upgrading a database, and streaming replication. The program comes to a close on Day 4, which centers around Point-in-Time recovery, how to set up BART, how to load and move data, how to partition tables, and a miscellany of advanced database administration topics.
You can learn more by visiting the Certified PostgreSQL DBA page.
MySQL is one of the most widely used relational database management systems (RDBMS) in the world and is very popular among web developers and PHP programmers – among others. Most database admins will work with MySQL at some point in their career and that makes earning this particular DBA certification worth it.
To earn this MySQL certification, database administrators will need to pass an exam and showcase the following abilities:
Oracle offers a training course for this DBA certification through the Oracle University. The exam itself costs $245 and earns DBAs a certificate and online badge for social media platforms and LinkedIn.
You can learn more about this database administration certification, its free course, and take the exam by visiting the Oracle Certified Professional MySQL Database Administrator Certification page.
“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 exact 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.
President Joe Biden's visit Thursday to IBM in Poughkeepsie showcased his administration's strategy to invest heavily in high-tech research and development, which he sees as the foundation for 21st century manufacturing in the U.S.
Biden’s stop in Dutchess County came as IBM aims to create a global hub for the development of quantum computing in Poughkeepsie and presses forward with research at the Albany Nanotech Complex on its 2-nanometer chip, which is projected to achieve higher performance and use significantly less energy than chips in use today.
Biden toured the laboratories in the sprawling IBM campus off Route 9, where the technology giant manufactures mainframe computers and is home to the company’s Quantum Computation Center. The company employs about 7,500 in the Hudson Valley, and 11,000 statewide.
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He gave his speech in Building 52, a warehouse festooned with an American flag behind the podium and “Made In America” placards attached to shelving where IBM products were stacked, ready to ship. He pledged to revive American manufacturing, based on the investments in technology in places like Poughkeepsie and Syracuse.
“Where is it written that we can’t be the leading manufacturing country in the world?” asked Biden.
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Brian Deese, director of the National Economic Council, who spoke to reporters on Biden's flight to New York, said the investment in technology research will pay off across the U.S. economy.
"What you’re seeing is a historic effort to lay the foundation with public investment for a unprecedented level of private investment in areas of significant economic − where there is significant opportunity for increases in economic productivity, and also where we have an acute economic and national security need," said Deese. "And those things all come together here and at IBM."
Troubles with the supply chain, which erupted during the COVID-19 pandemic, continue to plague U.S. businesses, especially those that rely on semiconductor chips, most of which are manufactured overseas. Biden said the U.S. once manufactured 30% of the world’s computer chips. Today it’s close to 10%, he said.
“The supply chain is going to start here and end here in the United States,” said Biden.
The visit to IBM was a way to highlight the bipartisan CHIPS and Science Act, the $280 billion legislative package signed by Biden in August that will support research and development in the semiconductor industry through grants, loans and tax credits. It will fund scientific research and bolster New York’s semiconductor industry, which employs an estimated 34,000.
It also provides $13 billion for workforce training and an additional $11 billion for regional innovation hubs.
Biden’s stop in Poughkeepsie came two days after semiconductor manufacturer Micron announced it would invest $100 billion over 20 years in a plant in Syracuse.
Among those in the audience was Joan Becker, of Lewisboro, who said she was written hundreds of postcards in support of Democratic candidates this campaign season.
“The Hudson Valley is an appropriate place for the president’s message on technology,” Becker said. “We need more good jobs here.”
Biden said the good news about technology investments in New York were part of a national effort to attract corporations to the U.S. in his bid to reverse the decline in manufacturing here.
“They are choosing America,” Biden said. “We are coming back and we are leading the way.”
The announcement of IBM’s pledge to invest $20 billion across the Hudson Valley over the next decades comes as IBM works to rebound from a 38% decline in revenues since 2018, with the IBM upturn starting in 2021. IBM research centers are located in Poughkeepsie, Yorktown Heights and Albany.
IBM Chairman and CEO Arvind Krishna, who recalled that President Dwight D. Eisenhower came to Poughkeepsie for the dedication of an IBM building in 1949, said the CHIPS and Science Act will support IBM’s push to develop the next generation of computer chips, artificial intelligence platforms, and expand its exploration of how to use quantum computing in business and science.
“The future of computing is happening in the Hudson Valley,” he said.
With a month before the midterm elections, politics were in the air in the warehouse and on a street corner at the IBM entrance. There, a gaggle of protestors waved flags that used a common epithet to disparage President Biden.
The Hudson Valley is seen as one of the battlegrounds over control of the U.S. House in 2023, with three races − for the 17th, 18th and 19th Congressional districts – seen as competitive by the Cook Political Report.
Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, R-Tivoli, who attended the Biden visit, is running in the 19th District, which stretches from the Hudson Valley west to Ithaca. He criticized Biden for infusing politics into a worthwhile government program to boost technological advancements.
“Election year giveaways to encourage high tech giants to do what they should, while perhaps necessary should not be politicized,” said Molinaro. “Instead, President Biden must get serious about inflation, rising home heating and gas prices, and out of control crime devastating our families and communities.”
Reps. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-Cold Spring, running the 17th, and Pat Ryan, D-Kingston , running the 18th, used the opportunity to reflect on how government helped their families in the past, and how it would help the region moving forward.
Maloney recalled how his father, who was injured on a U.S. battleship, recovered in a veteran’s hospital, went to college on the GI bill and raised a family of eight on his job at U.S. Steel.
Good-paying jobs in the tech sector will help the next generation in New York, he said.
“It means jobs, jobs, jobs – whether you have a high school degree or a college education or Ph.d,” he said “This is going to mean a bright economic future – hundreds of billions of dollars invested over the next few decades – from the Hudson Valley to Central New York so we can lead the world in advanced computing and manufacturing.”
Ryan said his grandfather worked for 36 years at IBM, and noted he lost half of the kids in his elementary school classroom after a local manufacturing plant closed. He said that the CHIPS and Science Act will provide a pathway for a resurgence of American manufacturing to counter advances made in Asia.
“We need a national manufacturing strategy to keep us competitive against adversaries like China,” he said. "We'll do it with governments working together at every level."
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The pandemic has changed our lives, the way we work, meet, collaborate and co-create. We all are taking extensive preventive measures to ensure a safe and secure environment. Many have redesigned their offices with an agile, collaborative & open approach to enable appropriate social distancing and safety protocols. There is no longer a scenario that anyone must come to the office just to do their routine work. But that require some specific skills as well.
We spoke to Thirukkumaran (Thiru) Nagarajan, Vice President & Head of HR, IBM India/South Asia, to understand the must have technologies and required skills to cope in the new era.
Technologies like AI, analytics and automation on the cloud have become pervasive across organizations, including the HR function. We are seeing it being leveraged on multiple fronts related to talent such as skilling, matching employees, and external candidates with career opportunities, supporting managers with better salary investment guidance, eliminating manual tasks in benefits administration, payroll through robotic process automation, and many others including performance management.
It is all about translating multiple structured and unstructured data points regarding the employee and business outcomes into talent insights that enable managers to make better performance decisions. At IBM, we have been experiencing the positive impact of these new-age technologies firsthand for a few years now - as IBM is client zero for its own HR technology & talent transformation solutions. We have been able to leverage technology effectively to enhance our employee experiences across the world.
Skills do not have the same shelf-life they once did. It is important for companies to set a tone for continuous learning to retain top talent. Continuous learning is a top priority and we are guided by the skills that our clients require across multiple industries, with primary focus on hybrid cloud & AI. We offer an enhanced skilling experience which prioritizes technical content and customized, role-based learning plans. For our employees, IBM is like a university which caters to infinite curiosity for learning & development.
To put it in better perspective, let me supply a glimpse into some skilling data for IBM India from last year. Total number of learning hours by IBMers in India was 5.1M (close to 12% increase YoY) thanks to an improved experience that prioritizes technical content and customized, role-based learning plans
o Cloud, Industry, Analytics, Design Thinking & AI were the top 5 Tech learning categories
o Professional Development, Leadership, sales & soft skills were the other behavioural learning categories
More than 338K total badges were earned by IBMers in India with 66% under Strategic skills.
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We also focus on ‘Skills First’ hiring where we prioritize the right mix of in-demand skills over specific degrees when looking for talent to work in technology's fastest-growing areas. For some roles, it is not about their training background, as long as they have the necessary skills to do the job.
According to a research report "Learning Management System Market by Component (Solutions and Services), Delivery Mode (Distance Learning, Instructor-led Training, and Blended Learning), Deployment, User Type (Academic and Corporate), and Region - Global Forecast to 2026″ published by MarketsandMarkets, the global LMS Market size to grow from USD 15.8 billion in 2021 to USD 37.9 billion by 2026, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 19.1% during the forecast period. The LMS Market is fuelled by enterprises focusing more on human capital development. Effective employee learning and development brings a positive impact on employee performance and organizational competitiveness. Training also helps employees develop a positive attitude toward learning and improving proficiency, which results in enhanced productivity and competitiveness in the workplace and the organization.
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A learning management system (LMS) is an e-learning platform used to design, deliver, and track training programs. It offers a blended learning environment, extensive batch management, monitoring of course completion, and automation for a seamless training experience. Organizations deploy LMS to impart goal-specific training and make learning easy and interactive. LinkedIn's Workplace Learning Report (2022) puts learning and development (L&D) at the forefront of businesses, with 53% of learning and development (L&D) professionals suggesting that the learning function is integral to success and 48% of organizations working toward deploying learning management systems by increasing their investment capacity.
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IBM, which three years ago acquired Red Hat, is now moving Red Hat OpenShift Data Foundation and Red Hat Ceph, along with their development teams, into IBM Storage as part of a move to make a bigger play in the software-defined and open-source storage worlds.
IBM Tuesday said it has absorbed storage technology and teams from its Red Hat business to combine them with IBM’s own storage business unit as a way to help clients take advantage of the two without requiring extra integration or having to deal with multiple sales teams.
IBM is integrating Red Hat OpenShift Data Foundation with its IBM Spectrum Fusion and will offer Red Hat Ceph-based storage technologies to its clients in a move to continue Big Blue’s software-defined storage leadership, said Brent Compton, senior director of Data Foundation for Red Hat’s hybrid cloud business.
For IBM, which in mid-2019 acquired Red Hat in a $34-billion deal, the move ensures maximum support for Red Hat OpenShift Data Foundation and Ceph, Compton told CRN.
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“OpenShift Data Foundation and Ceph will become a big part of IBM Storage,” he said. “IBM has been looking for a way to take advantage of Ceph and ODF, and now it can.”
Ceph is an open-source software-defined object storage technology with interfaces for object, block and file storage. Red Hat OpenShift Data Foundation is a software-defined container-native storage that provides cluster data management capabilities as part of the OpenShift container platform.
Scott Baker, chief marketing officer and vice president of IBM hybrid cloud portfolio and product marketing, told CRN the move to combine Red Hat and IBM storage technologies sets the stage for growth in the combined software-defined storage portfolio.
“Customers not only get a choice of where storage runs—at the edge, in the cloud, or on-prem—but will find storage software releases will no longer be tied to the timing of storage hardware releases,” Baker said. “For instance, IBM normally enhances its Spectrum Virtualize or Spectrum Scale with new versions of the IBM FlashSystem. But with software-defined storage, we can drive changes quicker if they’re not tied to hardware releases.”
By bringing Red Hat OpenShift Data Foundation and Ceph into IBM, customers get the opportunity to access unified block, file, and object storage without regard to the real underlying hardware, Baker said.
“They can use Ceph to add the right type of storage depending on the protocol they need,” he said. “Ceph and ODF also simplifies how IBM provides data storage and protection. To do all that with IBM’s storage portfolio takes time. With CEF and ODF as part of IBM Storage, this can get done immediately.”
It really is the best of both worlds, as Red Hat customers will also see strong benefits from IBM Storage, Compton said.
“It’s important to note that IBM will continue to offer OpenShift Data Foundation inside the Red Hat OpenShift Platform Plus hybrid cloud platform,” he said. “So if a customer gets pre-integrated OpenShift Data Foundation inside Red Hat OpenShift Platform Plus, it accelerates their time to market. There’s no need to integrate the storage. This will not change.”
Also, Red Hat OpenShift customers have used Ceph to accelerate their time to scale for years, and Red Hat will continue to sell Ceph, Compton said.
“But by moving Ceph to IBM Storage, IBM will accelerate development of the storage-specific features,” he said. “Red Hat is not a storage company. So this will accelerate development of unified capabilities.”
IBM’s storage move makes good on the potential many saw with the company’s acquisition of Red Hat, said John Teltsch, chief revenue officer at Converge Technology Solutions, a Gatineau, Quebec-based solution provider and channel partner to both IBM and Red Hat that ranked No. 36 on CRN’s 2022 Solution Provider 500.
“This is something the channel has been waiting for ever since IBM acquired Red Hat,” Teltsch told CRN. “IBM has been doing a lot around software-defined storage. And when you add in Red Hat, it gives us an integrated solutions play. It lets us build an integrated sales team. We don’t have to first talk about IBM storage capabilities, and then bring in our Red Hat team to talk about Red Hat.”
Converge Technology Partners’ IBM and Red Hat sales teams are currently two separate teams, said Teltsch, who joined the company in March from IBM, where he held numerous sales leadership roles, including two years as Big Blue’s channel chief.
“Once IBM and Red Hat storage are together, it gets more simple to sell,” he said. “And it simplifies our training while IBM will have one integrated set of offerings for its clients. This lets us bring the best of Red Hat open-source capabilities with IBM storage. We’re living in a data-driven world. This move simplifies our go-to-market, as well as simplifies the client experience, client engagement, and client adoption.”
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.
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 Corp. is making some big changes to its data storage services, announcing today that it will bring Red Hat Inc.’s storage products and associates under the “IBM Storage” umbrella.
The aim, IBM said, is to deliver a more consistent application and data storage experience across on-premises and cloud infrastructures. It’s a big move that will see IBM Spectrum Fusion data management software adopt the storage technologies of Red Hat’s OpenShift Data Foundation as its new base layer.
Even more interesting, perhaps, is that the open-source Red Hat Ceph Storage offering will be transformed into a new IBM Ceph storage offering. IBM said this will result in a unified, software-defined storage platform that’s better able to bridge the architectural divide between data centers and cloud computing providers.
The computing giant said the move is in line with its software-defined storage strategy of a “born in the cloud, for the cloud” approach that will unlock bidirectional application and data mobility based on a shared, secure and cloud-scale solution.
IBM Systems General Manager of Storage Denis Kennelly said the shift is designed to streamline the two companies’ portfolios. “By bringing together the teams and integrating our products under one roof, we are accelerating IBM’s hybrid cloud strategy while maintaining commitments to Red Hat’s customers and the open-source community,” he insisted.
The company presented the changes as a big win for customers, saying they will gain access to a more consistent set of storage services that preserve data resilience, security and governance across bare metal, virtualized and containerized environments. More specifically, IBM is promising that customers will have a more unified storage experience for container-based applications running on Red Hat OpenShift, with the ability to use IBM Spectrum Fusion, which is now based on Red Hat OpenShift Data Foundation. Doing so will provide higher performance, greater scale and more automation for OpenShift applications that require block, file and object access to data, the company said.
As for IBM Ceph, the company said this will deliver a more consistent hybrid cloud experience with enterprise-grade scale and resiliency.
Furthermore, by unifying IBM’s and Red Hat’s storage technologies, customers will be able to build a single data lakehouse on IBM Spectrum Scale to aggregate all of their unstructured data in one place. Benefits will include less time spent on maintenance, reduced data movement and redundancy, and more advanced schema management and data governance.
Industry watchers were united in their belief that the changes would be of benefit to customers. Steve McDowell of Moor Insights & Strategy told SiliconANGLE that today’s move makes a lot of sense because it enables IBM to leverage the storage strengths of both companies.
McDowell explained that although IBM Spectrum is considered to be one of the most comprehensive data management platforms around, its foundation predates the rise of cloud-native technologies. On the other hand, he said, Red Hat OpenShift was built from the ground up to support cloud-native workloads.
“IBM is evolving Spectrum Fusion to take the best of Red Hat’s efforts, and is using Red Hat’s storage software as the base for its IBM-branded products moving forward,” McDowell said. “It makes a lot of business sense for IBM to leverage R&D from Red Hat into its more traditionally proprietary systems. It also gives IBM an easy path to better serve the needs of containerized workloads.”
International Data Corp. analyst Ashish Nadkarni said the two companies are now “speaking with one voice on storage” and finally delivering on the synergies between them that were mentioned when IBM acquired Red Hat in 2019.
“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,” Nadkarni said. “This initiative enables IBM and Red Hat to streamline their family of offerings, passing the benefits to their customers.”
IBM also moved to reassure users of Red Hat’s open-source technologies that it will remain fully committed to them following today’s announcements. As part of the deal, IBM will take over Premier Sponsorship of the Ceph Foundation and, along with Red Hat’s teams, continue to drive innovation and development. Both IBM Ceph and Red Hat OpenShift will remain 100% open-source, the company added, and will continue to follow an upstream-first development model.
McDowell said today’s move would likely make some users nervous about the prospect of Red Hat’s technology becoming more proprietary over time. “IBM has been very careful since it acquired Red Hat in 2019 to keep Red Hat’s open-source business segregated from IBM’s branded offerings,” he said. “This is the first time we’re seeing IBM cross that that line, and it’s natural to wonder how blurred those lines will become.”
Still, McDowell said, he’s inclined to believe IBM’s promises as it has been very deliberate about keeping Red Hat’s storage technologies open-source.
“Red Hat OpenShift Data Foundation and Ceph will still be available as they always have, though its evolution will undoubtedly be more strongly guided by the needs of IBM’s storage business,” the analyst continued. “Overall this is a net positive for IBM and its customers. It makes good business sense and there should be minimal impact to Red Hat’s existing community.”
IBM said the first storage solutions to launch under the new IBM Ceph Storage and IBM Spectrum Fusion banners will arrive in the first half of 2023, so users will have plenty of time to digest the changes.