The latest global market research from IBM found that more than 77% of respondents have adopted a hybrid cloud approach which can help drive digital transformation, yet the majority of responding organizations are struggling with the complexity to make all their cloud environments work together.
As organizations face skills gaps, security challenges, and compliance obstacles, less than one quarter of respondents across the globe manage their hybrid cloud environments holistically—which can create blind spots and put data at risk.
“The IBM Transformation Index: State of Cloud,” commissioned by IBM and conducted by independent research firm, The Harris Poll, was created to help organizations map their cloud transformation and empower them to self-classify their progress. Built on a foundation that leverages insights from experienced cloud professionals, enterprises can use the Index to gain measurable metrics that can help quantify their progress and uncover areas of opportunity and growth.
The Index consisted of more than 3,000 business and technology decision-makers from 12 countries and across 15 industries including financial services, manufacturing, government, telecommunications, and healthcare, to understand where organizations are advancing, or merely emerging, on their transformation journeys.
The Index points to a strong correlation between hybrid cloud adoption and progress in digital transformation. In fact, 71% of those surveyed think it's difficult to realize the full potential of a digital transformation without having a solid hybrid cloud strategy in place.
However, only 27% of those surveyed possess the necessary characteristics to be considered as "advanced" in their transformation. A sampling of findings include:
"As we see regulatory requirements grow across the globe, compliance is top of mind for business leaders. This concern is even greater for those in highly regulated industries. Yet at the same time, they are facing a growing threat landscape—one that demands holistic management of their multicloud environments to avoid the risks of a Frankencloud—an environment that's so disconnected, it's difficult to navigate and can be nearly impossible to secure, particularly against third and fourth party risks," said Howard Boville, head of IBM Cloud Platform. "An integration strategy to bring together these different piece parts is what we believe separates the leaders from the rest of the pack—the alternative is to pay the price of the Frankencloud."
Security concerns can even hold organizations back from unlocking the full potential of partnerships. As potential security gaps can cause third and fourth party risks to loom, respondents say data governance (49%) and cybersecurity (47%) are the top challenges to fully integrating their business ecosystem into the cloud. In Brazil, cyberthreats are an even greater concern to ecosystem innovation—51% say cybersecurity risks pose a major challenge for businesses that want to integrate business ecosystem partners into cloud environments.
Based on the Index, IBM will launch an interactive tool to serve as a continual source of feedback for organizations to measure their transformation progress. With the ability to help companies assess how they fare against others, the tool will allow them to identify areas where transformation is stalled and where it may be excelling—unlocking the ability to diagnose and act with efficiency even against the real-world of complexity of cloud transformation.
IBM will make the “IBM Transformation Index: State of Cloud” tool publicly available in the coming months, aiming to provide business leaders with valuable benchmarking insights that can inform their hybrid cloud strategies.
The IBM Institute for Business Value also published a new report, "A Comparative Look at Enterprise Cloud Strategy" with an action guide for how leaders can use the Index to help advance their organizations' digital transformation.
For more information about this news, visit www.ibm.com.
About the author: Stanley Litow is Accenture professor of the practice at Duke University and a trustee at the State University of New York. He previously served as president of the IBM Foundation and is the co-author of Breaking Barriers: How P-Tech Schools Create a Pathway From High School to College to Career.
Lost in the fights about government spending and inflation, one piece of federal legislation that garnered substantial bipartisan support has already demonstrated evidence of early success.
The Chips Act makes large-scale federal investment in innovative research and manufacturing of microchips. It has already stimulated private-sector investment designed to take the microchip industry from decline in the U.S. to the forefront of economic development. Micron and IBM have announced investments of roughly $120 billion in New York State to build facilities to manufacture and develop innovative microchips. Those announcements follow Intel’s decision to invest $100 billion in Ohio, along with investments of nearly $5 billion from Qualcomm and GlobalFoundries. These decisions made by only five companies won’t be the end.
But what many don’t know about the Chips Act is that its significant federal spending goes beyond manufacturing, innovation, and incentives for research and development. The act provides $13.2 billion focused on R&D and workforce development with a specific investment in education and in science, technology, engineering, and math skills. It will offer a real pipeline from schools, to college, to career for many students. Language in the bill and action in response will specifically focus on education institutions that have been disproportionately left out of growth in STEM education.
While it was clear to many when the legislation was drafted that job growth without investment in workforce development would yield less than was desired, it has not received the attention it should have. Now is the time to change that, and to use the law as a model for further action.
How? A lesson from America’s past, which I gleaned from access to the IBM archives while writing a book, will help put this into context. In 1946, IBM’s then-CEO Tom Watson had lunch with the president of Columbia University, which hosted the company’s first research laboratory on its campus. The lunch was originally arranged for one hour to focus on research. It wound up lasting four hours when the discussion shifted to education and an unprecedented agreement to jointly focus on the development of what was at the time an unheard-of new academic discipline: computer science. The academic discipline was essential to the development of the entire information technology industry. This lengthy lunch helped spread computer science across education institutions around the world, helping to drive a high-growth industry that fueled economic growth for over a half-century.
Set the clock forward. The Chips Act has already stimulated massive commitments from companies to match federal investments with private-sector investment in research, development, and innovative manufacturing. The same kind of public-private partnership is now an opportunity to address improvement in workforce skills and education.
Under the Chips Act, education institutions partnering with the private sector can maximize the billions in federal investment by using the funds to incorporate workplace skills and STEM education into their academic curriculum. It can also ensure that paid internships and experiential learning can be fully integrated into the education experience with companies providing mentors and support for both students and faculty. Students prepared with these skills, postsecondary degrees and credentials will find available jobs in other industries as well, like health care, banking and finance, all of which are currently struggling to find workers with the education and skills needed. If Chips only focused on industry incentives and research with no focus on education and workplace skills, the opportunities created would risk going unfilled.
Education has far too often been a divisive issue. And yet the need for an effective pathway from school to college to career, especially in areas connected to labor-market growth and opportunity, seems to be the issue that unites almost everyone. It’s especially appealing to students who want and deserve a bright future. The Chips Act can be a model for national growth in industries as diverse as information technology, health care, business and finance and even the arts.
Education, business and government leaders are planning to come together for a national education summit focused on pathways from school to college to career in Washington this February. They’ll be looking for examples of success and the policy changes needed to bring them to scale. The Chips Act will be one clear example not only of what to do, but how to do it. But real success will be when the approach linking investment in industry growth with workplace skills and education growth, via public-private collaboration, moves from example to sustainable reform. It is definitely possible.
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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.
[Related: 2022 Storage 100: Who’s Got Your Backup?]
“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 genuine 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.”
New global market research from IBM (NYSE: IBM) revealed that more than 77% of respondents have adopted a hybrid cloud approach which can help drive digital transformation, yet the majority of responding organizations are struggling with the complexity to make all their cloud environments work together. As organizations face skills gaps, security challenges and compliance obstacles, less than one quarter of respondents across the globe manage their hybrid cloud environments holistically – which can create blind spots and put data at risk.
The IBM Transformation Index: State of Cloud commissioned by IBM and conducted by independent research firm, The Harris Poll, was created to help organizations map their cloud transformation and empower them to self-classify their progress. Built on a foundation that leverages insights from experienced cloud professionals, enterprises can use the Index to gain measurable metrics that can help quantify their progress and uncover areas of opportunity and growth. The Index consisted of more than 3,000 business and technology decision-makers from 12 countries and across 15 industries including financial services, manufacturing, government, telecommunications and healthcare, to understand where organizations are advancing, or merely emerging, on their transformation journeys.
The Index points to a strong correlation between hybrid cloud adoption and progress in digital transformation. In fact, 71% of those surveyed think it's difficult to realize the full potential of a digital transformation without having a solid hybrid cloud strategy in place. At the same time, only 27% of those surveyed possess the necessary characteristics to be considered as "advanced" in their transformation. So, why the disconnect? A sampling of findings include:
Compliance: Businesses believe ensuring compliance in the cloud is currently too difficult - especially as we see enforcement of regulatory and compliance requirements heat up across the globe.
Security: While businesses have embraced a variety of security techniques to secure workloads in the cloud, concerns about security still remain.
Skills: As organizations face the realities of a talent shortage, they are failing to implement a holistic hybrid cloud strategy - which can create gaps in security and compliance and cause risk across cloud environments.
"As we see regulatory requirements grow across the globe, compliance is top of mind for business leaders. This concern is even greater for those in highly regulated industries. Yet at the same time, they are facing a growing threat landscape - one that demands holistic management of their multicloud environments to avoid the risks of a Frankencloud - an environment that's so disconnected, it's difficult to navigate and can be nearly impossible to secure, particularly against third and fourth party risks," said Howard Boville, Head of IBM Cloud Platform. "An integration strategy to bring together these different piece parts is what we believe separates the leaders from the rest of the pack - the alternative is to pay the price of the Frankencloud."
"The key value of cloud for businesses is rapid access to innovative technologies, data sources, and applications required to navigate current disruptions and transform businesses. No individual cloud can address all of an enterprise's requirements, so they must be able to use and effectively control hybrid cloud assets across many locations. IBM with its focus on providing a holistic hybrid cloud strategy is well positioned to help organizations address the security, data management and compliance complexities that can prevent them from taking full advantage of cloud innovation," says Rick Villars, Group Vice President of Worldwide Research at IDC.
The 2022 IBM Transformation Index: State of Cloud revealed:
Lack of the right skills is inhibiting progress
When it comes to managing their cloud applications, 69% of respondents say their team lacks the skills needed to be proficient. This is a major roadblock to innovation, with more than a quarter of respondents saying skills and talent shortages are impeding their business's cloud objectives. The effects don't stop here - these limitations are also preventing organizations from leveraging the power of partnerships. More than one-third of respondents say a lack of technical skills is holding them back from integrating ecosystem partners into cloud environments. This challenge is even greater in the US, where nearly 40% admit to this lack of skills - pointing to the need for talent.
Exposure to cyberthreats continues to lurk despite embracing security techniques
While more than 90% of responding financial services, telecommunications and government organizations have adopted security tools such as confidential computing capabilities, multifactor authentication and more, gaps remain that are preventing organizations from driving innovation. In fact, 32% of overall respondents cite security as the top barrier for integrated workloads across environments and more than one quarter of respondents agree security concerns present a roadblock to achieving their cloud business goals.
Security concerns can even hold organizations back from unlocking the full potential of partnerships. As potential security gaps can cause third and fourth party risks to loom, respondents say data governance (49%) and cybersecurity (47%) are the top challenges to fully integrating their business ecosystem into the cloud. In Brazil, cyberthreats are an even greater concern to ecosystem innovation -- 51% say cybersecurity risks pose a major challenge for businesses that want to integrate business ecosystem partners into cloud environments.
Regulatory and compliance requirements remain center stage causing businesses to pause
With regulations on the rise, so too are compliance challenges. 53% of respondents believe that ensuring compliance in the cloud is currently too difficult and nearly one-third cite regulatory compliance issues as a key barrier for integrating workloads across private and public IT environments. In financial services, for example, more than a quarter of respondents agree that meeting industry requirements is holding them back from fully achieving their cloud objectives. These challenges span the globe and are especially prevalent in countries such as Singapore, China, India and Japan.
Based on the Index, IBM will launch an interactive tool to serve as a continual source of feedback for organizations to measure their transformation progress. With the ability to help companies assess how they fare against others, the tool will allow them to identify areas where transformation is stalled and where it may be excelling - unlocking the ability to diagnose and act with efficiency even against the real-world of complexity of cloud transformation.
IBM will make the IBM Transformation Index: State of Cloud tool publicly available in the coming months, aiming to provide business leaders with valuable benchmarking insights that can inform their hybrid cloud strategies. The IBM Institute for Business Value also published a new report, "A Comparative Look at Enterprise Cloud Strategy" with an action guide for how leaders can use the Index to help advance their organizations' digital transformation.
This survey was conducted online in 12 countries (US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, India, Japan, China, Brazil, Spain, Singapore, Australia) by The Harris Poll on behalf of IBM from June 8th, 2022 to July 17th, 2022. The survey was conducted among 3,014 IT and business professionals in companies with annual revenue over $500M who have deep knowledge of their organization's Cloud strategy. The IBM Transformation Index: State of Cloud was developed by combining the data from 25+ question batteries of various formats across 9 Cloud-related dimensions that were informed by input from industry experts.
WASHINGTON, DC / ACCESSWIRE / October 14, 2022 / The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) announced today its collaboration with IBM (NYSE:IBM) which includes leveraging IBM SkillsBuild - a free education program that helps students and adult learners develop valuable new skills and access career opportunities in technology fields - by providing digital content, personalized mentoring, and the experiential learning they need to gain technical, critical thinking, and creative problem-solving skills. The program will be offered for FREE to HHF Network, is completely digital, and includes IBM-branded digital credentials that are recognized by the market to create direct pathways to tech jobs. The effort will be open to high school students, college students, young professionals, and adult learners.
"This IBM SkillsBuild collaboration has been a transformational goal of our tech pathways strategy and goal for years," said Jose Antonio Tijerino, President, and CEO of HHF. "Our community has a tremendous value proposition for America's workforce and through this innovative collaboration, America can benefit from the talent we have always had to offer. Our collective mission is to provide training and opportunities for our community to make an impact in the tech sector.
We are grateful to IBM for allowing us to leverage their expertise and pathways in preparing the Latinx community for jobs that desperately need to be filled. As Latinos, we're ready as we always have been."
The learning pathways available through IBM SkillsBuild include courses on workplace skills, such as communication and leadership skills designed for any beneficiary wishing to understand how to work in the digital world, as well as courses on data analytics, cybersecurity, cloud computing, and many other technical disciplines. The program will also help early school leavers and long-term unemployed to gain what is required to re-enter the workforce. Courses are available in English and Spanish, providing Hispanic learners with a better and deeper understanding of course materials, to help ensure completion and professional competency.
"As a Latina, I am very excited and honored to be partnering with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation to provide free education and career readiness resources to Hispanics nationwide," said Claudia Cortes Romanelli, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at IBM. "I see every day the great opportunity to invest in skilling the next generation of STEM talent from the Hispanic community. We look forward to working with HHF as part of our commitment to equitably skill 30 million people worldwide."
The Hispanic Heritage Foundation award-winning LOFT (Latinos on Fast Track) program is a leadership and workforce development program and network with a focus on various sectors or "tracks," including tech. HHF's broad network and beyond will be exposed to IBM SkillsBuild to learn, and build skills in artificial intelligence, data science, cloud, security, information technology, and more, with opportunities for mentoring and networking in the tech space as well as earning certifications and placements into the workforce.
IBM and HHF's collaboration is part of IBM's commitment to equitably skill 30 million people globally by 2030.
About the Hispanic Heritage Foundation
HHF's mission focuses on education, the workforce, identity, and social impact through the lens of leadership and culture. For more information, visit www.hispanicheritage.org and follow the Hispanic Heritage Foundation on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and TikTok
About IBM Education
As part of the company's Corporate Social Responsibility efforts, IBM's education portfolio takes a personalized, diverse, and deep approach to STEM career readiness. IBM's pro bono programs range from education and support for teens at public schools and universities to career readiness resources for aspiring professionals and job seekers. IBM believes that education is best achieved through the collaboration of the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors.
IBM SkillsBuild is a free education program focused on underrepresented communities, that helps adult learners, and high school and university students and faculty, develop valuable new skills and access career opportunities. The program includes an online platform that is complemented by customized practical learning experiences delivered in collaboration with a global network of partners. The online platform offers over 1,000 courses in 19 languages on cybersecurity, data analysis, cloud computing, and many other technical disciplines - as well as in workplace skills such as Design Thinking. Most importantly, participants can earn IBM-branded digital credentials recognized by the market. The customized practical learning experiences could include project-based learning, expert conversations with IBM volunteers and mentors, premium content, specialized support, connection with career opportunities, and access to IBM software. IBM SkillsBuild operates in 168 counties and has supported 2.2M learners.
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IBM and Linux Foundation AI (LFAI) launched Machine Learning eXchange (MLX) as a one stop shop for trusted data and AI artifacts in open source and open governance.
MLX provides a collection of free, open source, state-of-the-art deep learning models for common application domains. The curated list includes deployable models that can be run as a microservice on Kubernetes or OpenShift and trainable models where users can provide their own data to train the models.
It provides developers and data scientists with automated trial pipeline code generation to execute registered models, datasets, and notebooks, and a pipelines engine powered by Kubeflow Pipelines on Tekton, the core of Watson Studio Pipelines.
It also provides a registry for Kubeflow Pipeline Components, dataset management by Datashim, and a serving engine by KFServing.
“Due to the large number of steps that need to be worked on in the Data and AI lifecycle, the process of building a model can be bifurcated amongst various teams and large amounts of duplication can arise when creating similar Datasets, Features, Models, Pipelines, Pipeline tasks, etc. This also poses a strong challenge for traceability, governance, risk management, lineage tracking, and metadata collection,” the contributors to the project said. “To solve the problems mentioned above, we need a central repository where all the different asset types like Datasets, Models, and Pipelines are stored to be shared and reused across organizational boundaries.”
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“.
Statements regarding IBM’s future direction and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice and represent goals and objectives only. Red Hat, Ceph, Gluster and OpenShift are trademarks or registered trademarks of Red Hat, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and other countries.
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.
During the chaotic early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kenneth C. Griffin, founder of the global alternative investment firm Citadel, stepped up to tackle an urgent problem. He had just learned that one of his colleagues and her family were stuck in Wuhan, China, ground zero for an infectious disease sweeping across the globe.
The situation grew desperate as countries began shutting down to slow the spread of the disease – and Griffin moved quickly and decisively.
“I contacted U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo,” Griffin said in an interview with Philanthropy Roundtable. “After realizing there were hundreds of Americans still in Wuhan, we worked around the clock to find a way to safely bring them home.”
Griffin and his partners secured enough planes to safely bring home hundreds of Americans.
A longtime supporter of medical research and innovation, Griffin also helped lay the groundwork for Operation Warp Speed. His key contribution: proposing the concept of pre-purchasing COVID vaccines and antiviral medications to accelerate time to market for newly developed pharmaceuticals. As a result, Operation Warp Speed delivered vaccines in record time and saved hundreds of thousands of American lives.
“We were among the earliest private funders of international vaccine development efforts and supported important research in the early months of the pandemic across academic and medical institutions,” he said.
“I’m proud of how my partners at Citadel and I moved quickly and with conviction to find and fund solutions during the early days of COVID-19,” he added. “Because of the way public, private, academic and philanthropic sectors came together, we were able to immunize tens of millions of Americans faster than anyone thought possible.”
Beyond supporting Covid-19 vaccine development and delivery, Griffin also launched efforts in Chicago and later Miami to tackle the digital divide when thousands of students were left at home without Internet access as schools closed their doors. Working with local government and business leaders, Chicago Connected and Miami Connected provided free high-speed broadband to residents, and Griffin continues to work to close the broadband affordability gap nationally.
Griffin’s quick response to the COVID-19 crisis demonstrates a personal quality that has been central to his success in business and philanthropy. When he sees a problem, he and his partners come together to solve it creatively and courageously, and it has made him an incredibly successful entrepreneur. Citadel, which he founded in 1990, is now one of the largest and most successful hedge fund firms in history, managing more than $57 billion in assets. Griffin and the team at Citadel in 2002 also founded Citadel Securities, now one of the world’s leading market makers.
These qualities have also made him a highly effective philanthropist. Through his charitable giving — totaling more than $1.5 billion to date — Griffin has helped increase access to quality education, prevent violent crime, expand cultural institutions, protect democracy and free speech, and save lives through medical research.
For his philanthropic contributions, Griffin is the recipient of Philanthropy Roundtable’s 2022 Simon-DeVos Prize for Philanthropic Leadership, which honors a living philanthropist who has shown exemplary leadership through his or her own charitable giving.
“Ken Griffin’s philanthropy is all about opportunity, opening doors for people in an extraordinarily wide range of endeavors from education and the arts to health care and crime reduction,” said Peter Simon, co-chairman of the William E. Simon Foundation, which, along with the DeVos Family Foundation, sponsor the annual Prize.
“His philanthropy is trailblazing, high impact and emblematic of all the Simon-Devos Prize stands for,” he added.
Former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos also praised Griffin for how philanthropy has empowered students and expanded access to high-quality education.
“He’s long understood that a strong America requires all students to have equal access to a great education, and he’s never faltered in seeking to expand opportunities for those who have too long been denied one.”
Griffin Family Values
Griffin credits much of his success in business and philanthropy to his parents and grandparents, who taught him valuable lessons that continue to guide him to this day.
He spent most of his childhood in Florida, where his father was an engineer for General Electric and worked on a number of important projects, including the Apollo space program. His mother studied childhood education.
“From my father, I learned about the importance of pursuing a career that I’m passionate about,” said Griffin. “From my mother, I learned the importance of learning and making a difference.”
Griffin’s grandparents were also a source of inspiration. They endured the Great Depression living on a farm with no running water but eventually launched several successful businesses. When Griffin’s grandfather died unexpectedly, his grandmother insisted on running the businesses on her own. Ultimately, she financed Griffin’s education.
The opportunity provided by his grandmother ultimately inspired Griffin’s gift to endow the Financial Aid Office at Harvard, which was the university’s largest ever gift at that time, to ensure the best and brightest have access to the highest quality education regardless of their economic circumstances.
“Thanks to my parents and grandparents and the incredible freedoms provided to individuals in America, I had the ability to pursue my dreams,” Griffin said.
A Dorm Room Hedge Fund
Those dreams included a passion for technology and entrepreneurship. Griffin attended a public high school in Boca Raton, Florida. Boca Raton was the birthplace of IBM Personal Computer and Griffin became fascinated by how computer technology would change the world. He launched his first business in high school from his bedroom, selling educational software through the mail.
“I was so interested in being an entrepreneur that my parents’ advice when I started college was one word: ‘Graduate!’ They knew I had a real fascination with understanding commercial enterprises, and they didn’t want that to distract me from focusing on my studies,” said Griffin.
As it turns out, however, Griffin was able to both study for school and nurture his business pursuits.
As a Harvard undergraduate, Griffin launched a hedge fund, once again out of his bedroom. There was just one problem. He lacked access to real-time stock quotes. Despite a ban on campus businesses, Griffin convinced the school to allow him to install a satellite dish on the roof of his dorm to receive the quotes.
“I ran the cable through a window, down through an old elevator shaft and into my room,” said Griffin.
Griffin launched Citadel a year after graduation.
Data-Driven Education Philanthropy
Griffin approaches philanthropy the same way he approaches business, with an emphasis on real-world results.
“I am focused on data-driven, action-oriented approaches that deliver real impact and increase access to opportunity for others,” he said.
While his philanthropic efforts are wide-ranging, he says the most critical area of focus for his charitable giving is education.
“Education is the foundation of opportunity in the United States, and the breakdown in our education system threatens America’s long-term success,” explained Griffin.
His primary objective is supporting schools and programs to teach students the critical thinking skills they need to tackle problems.
For example, one organization Griffin supports is Success Academies, a network of charter schools across New York that teach children to be “critical and creative thinkers, build life skills and confidence, pursue passions and secure exceptional careers.” Led by education reform advocate Eva Moskowitz, Success Academy is ranked number one in academic achievement across the state.
A former tutor on Chicago’s south side himself, Griffin also supports high-impact tutoring programs for struggling students. One grantee, Saga Education, uses intensive tutoring programs to accelerate student learning in math, helping students gain an extra two to three years of math skills in a single year.
Griffin is also a big believer in the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, specifically encouraging computer science and data science instruction to ensure our country remains competitive on the world stage.
The Fabric of Thriving Communities
Outside the classroom, Griffin also leverages his charitable giving to drive upward mobility and build strong communities. His areas of focus are crime prevention, increasing access to cultural institutions and building community spaces that inspire people.
Griffin described the impact of violent crime in America’s cities as “deeply personal” for him, noting that 26,000 people were murdered in Chicago during the 30 years Citadel was headquartered there.
To address the problem, Griffin partnered with community-based organizations and researchers, including the University of Chicago Crime Lab, on several initiatives to integrate technology into crime fighting and to Improve management practices and decision-making inside police departments.
They piloted this approach in the Chicago district with the highest violent crime rate and it resulted in an immediate 30% reduction in shootings.
As he works to make neighborhoods safer, Griffin also believes cultural institutions “help form the fabric of thriving communities.”
Griffin has expanded the collections and broadened the reach of the Art Institute and Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., among many others.
He also funded an effort to restore Chicago’s iconic lakefront trail, establishing and later repairing separate bike and pedestrian lanes to make it safe for joggers, bicyclists and families, and he built 50 soccer pitches across the city. In the company’s new home of Miami, Griffin supported the construction of the Underline, a park that utilizes space underneath the city’s elevated Metrorail.
“I believe in the power of vibrant and accessible cities to support and inspire the next generation of leaders and innovators,” he said.
Preserving the Future of Democracy
While he works to keep the American dream accessible to all, Griffin also believes in defending the rights enshrined in our Constitution, including free speech.
“Philanthropy plays a critical role in advancing the diversity of ideas that are essential for maintaining freedom and democracy by helping Americans develop thoughtful perspectives on the defining issues of our time,” he said.
For this reason, Griffin supports the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE), an organization that “defends and sustains the individual rights of all Americans to free speech and free thought.” Earlier this year, FIRE expanded its mission to protect free speech nationally, through an ambitious public education, litigation and research effort.
“I’ve been very fortunate in life to have always had a group of friends who really pushed me, who make me better, and my thinking has benefitted immensely from their perspectives, even if we don’t share the same views,” Griffin said. “This diversity of opinion and the debate that derives from it is not possible in an environment in which free speech is under attack.”
Innovative and Timely Solutions
Griffin’s approach to problem-solving is clear: He solves challenges creatively and courageously, measures his progress and then expands upon successes.
“I have seen the greatest impact from my philanthropy when I have supported organizations led by brilliant social entrepreneurs focused on innovative and timely solutions that can be measured and scaled,” he said.
On Oct. 19, Griffin will receive Philanthropy Roundtable’s prestigious Simon-DeVos Prize for Philanthropic Leadership. The Prize honors influential philanthropists whose work has advanced the principles of personal responsibility, resourcefulness, volunteerism, scholarship, individual freedom, faith in God and helping people to help themselves. The purpose of the Prize is to highlight the power of philanthropy and inspire others to support charities that achieve results.
“Our late father used to say that businessmen should provide away their money as carefully as they invest their personal wealth, with decisions based on solid data rather than good intentions,” said Bill Simon, Jr., co-chairman of the William E. Simon Foundation. “Ken Griffin exemplifies just this kind of thoughtful giving, and I know Dad would be delighted to have their names linked through the Simon-DeVos Prize.”
“I am incredibly honored by this recognition and to join an incredible group of previous awardees,” Griffin said. “The values highlighted by this Prize are ones I have and hope to continue to champion, both in my philanthropy and beyond.”
Learn more about the Simon-Devos Prize here.
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – An undisclosed number of Red Hat employees will move to IBM as part of a consolidation move uniting the tech giant’s data storage offerings under one name. The move reflects the importance IBM places on cloud computing – and why it acquired Red Hat in the first place.
It’s also perhaps the first big sign of the “Borg” (IBM) assimilating the open-source flagship (Red Hat) Enterprise. Example: Cloud data news site Blocks and Files says the consolidation means IBM is “deepening its assimilation of Red Hat.”
“Red Hat storage product roadmaps and Red Hat associate teams” are moving to the IBM Storage business, the companies said.
The deal is an attempt to capitalize on what tech research firm Gartner says is a surging demand for so-called hybrid cloud services – a blend of private and public cloud offerings. IBM cited Garner research as forecasting that in three years 60% of what it calls “infrastructure and operations leaders” will embrace hybrid clouds, up from 20% today.
IBM bought Raleigh-based Red Hat for $34 billion in a deal that closed three years ago but in many ways the company have remained separate. At that time IBM justified Red Hat’s strength in cloud computing as the driving force in the deal, citing the cloud as a trillion-dollar business opportunity.
But the consolidation announced Tuesday means Big Blue will soon offer what it calls a “consistent application and data storage across on-premises infrastructure and cloud.”
The move comes two months after Red Hat named a new CEO.
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The focus is on a technology known as Kubernetes which is “an open-source container orchestration system for automating software deployment, scaling, and management,” notes Wikipedia.
Originally developed by Google, Kubernetes is now maintained by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, and IBM says the market is “burgeoning.”
“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,” IBM says.
IBM says it expects the moves to be completed by Jan. 1, 2023.
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“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, in the announcement. “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.”
IBM says “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.”
Red Hat’s OpenShift Data Foundation tech will become the “foundation” for what IBM calls “Spectrum Fushion.”
“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,” IBM says.
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The move also involves the open source community known as Ceph which Ceph has trademarked as “the future of storage.”
IBM says it “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 provider.” Big Blue will replace Red Hat as the primary sponsor of the 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 at 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.”
Read the full announcement online at this site.
Beam that data up: IBM, Red Hat taking cloud services into space
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.