IBM’s Red Hat Openshift Gains Blockchain and Apache CouchDB to Hybrid Cloud Service


IBM’s blockchain platform has now successfully been integrated with Red Hat Openshift. Along with this, IBM managed to incorporate a Kubernetes Operator for ApacheDB into the fold as well, adding a hybrid cloud function to Red Hat Openshift.

With IBM’s new integration, developers are empowered to use the IBM blockchain to create and use secure software, be it cloud, local, or hybrid architectures.

All blockchains make use of a distributed database that continuously maintains a growing set of records it can verify with hashing. IBM Blockchain, specifically, gives you the tools and software to create, manage and operate a growing, secure blockchain network

IBM explained that their target market for this new Blockchain and Openshift combo are companies that put emphasis on securing data and reducing risk. The Blockchain can help with meeting data-residency mandates and helps with the deployment of blockchain components on multiple clouds and hybrid-cloud architectures.

After having finalized its acquisition of Red Hat back in July, IBM’s been busy putting together an ecosystem dedicated to the development of cloud services around the Openshift Container Platform, the Kubernetes based platform Red Hat had been developing before the acquisition.

Even Big Blue’s thrown its hat in the ring, merging its new z15 mainframe into Red Hat tech to enable the delivery of a z/OS Cloudbroker within IBM’s acquired Openshift platform. This enables self-service and direct access to computing resources of the z/OS format. All thanks to the Kubernetes containers.

IBM stated its intent to release its own Cloud Pak offerings, planned to release on Linux.  This Cloud Pak will contain 100+ other products from IBM.

IBM explained that most of their customers already wanted support for hybrid cloud, and they state that the new z/OS Cloud Broker will be a linchpin for how IBM will achieve this.

IBM integrates Apache CouchDB

IBM has also announced its support for Apache CouchDB. They created a Kubernetes operator for the platform and certified it to function alongside Red Hat Openshift. The program helps with the deployment, management, and maintenance of Apache CouchDB deployments.

Researchers explained with the Forrester Wave Report, that NoSQL, like Apache CouchDB database itself, has a great ability to scale using low costing servers. Its flexible model can store, access, and process all types of business data. NoSQL gives professionals better control over processing and storing data. It allows them to configure applications smoothly and cleanly.

IBM Cloud currently employs the services of Cloudant DB to facilitate its databases. With more support for CouchDB, developers are given alternative ways to store data or even a backup plan. Being able to pack it all into the Red Hat Openshift means customers can use database-native replication and overall keep latencies low while making use of software across multiple databases.

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