IBM continued its Red Hat and open-source integration work this week by adding Red Hat OpenShift support to its blockchain platform and bringing a Kubernetes Operator for Apache CouchDB along side its hybrid-cloud services offering. 

The ability to deploy IBM Blockchain on Red Hat OpenShift, the company’s flagship enterprise Kubernetes platform, means IBM Blockchain developers will have the ability  to deploy secure software, either on-premises, in public clouds or in hybrid cloud architectures.

Blockchain is a distributed database that maintains a continually growing list of records that can be verified using hashing techniques, and the IBM Blockchain Platform includes tools to build, operate, govern and grow protected blockchain networks.

IBM says its blockchain/OpenShift combination is targeted at companies that want to keep a copy of the blockchain ledger and run workloads on their own infrastructure for security, risk mitigation or compliance; need to store data in specific locations to meet data-residency requirements; and need to deploy blockchain components in multiple cloud or hybrid-cloud architectures.

Since finalizing its acquisition of Red Hat in July, IBM has been assembling an ecosystem of cloud development around Red Hat’s Kubernetes-based OpenShift Container Platform. Most recently Big Blue fused its new z15 mainframe with IBM’s Red Hat technology saying it will deliver IBM z/OS Cloud Broker for the Red Hat OpenShift container platform. This offering will provide direct, self-service access of z/OS computing resources to users through connectivity to Kubernetes containers.

IBM said it intends to deliver IBM Cloud Pak offerings to Linux on IBM z and LinuxONE offerings. Cloud Paks are bundles made up of Open-Shift with more than 100 other IBM software products. LinuxONE is IBM’s highly successful mainframe system designed specifically to support Linux environments.