IBM and Red Hat have announced a partnership to deploy and support Red Hat’s Linux software on IBM’s System z mainframes.
The vendors say they created the partnership because governments and companies are increasingly using Red Hat’s open source Enterprise Linux on mainframes to improve the security and scalability of Linux systems.
Today’s announcement is the first in what the vendors say will be a series of initiatives to deliver a wide range of offerings using System z and Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
The first combined offering will be aimed at government customers who need to manage secure access to classified and unclassified data.
“Red Hat and IBM engineering teams have worked together to offer Labeled Security Protection Profile (LSPP) Common Criteria certification for this solution,” a press release states. “This operating environment gives government customers the highest assurance that data is protected and that access is granted only to those with proper clearance.”
Customers were not prevented from using Red Hat Linux software with IBM mainframes prior to Wednesday’s announcement, and customers who already do so probably won’t notice major changes in how the products operate, says Frank Monez, the Linux initiative manager for IBM System z. But the vendors will work together to strengthen the ability of Red Hat Linux to run on the IBM platform, with new versions of IBM hardware optimized to run with Red Hat, he says.
The vendors are also strengthening customer support with a Red Hat technical staff composed of IBM mainframe experts.