Red Hat and Accenture have extended their almost 12-year strategic relationship to help organizations around the world take advantage of open hybrid cloud innovation. The firms are collaborating on the creation of new technologies to assist enterprises in navigating a multi- and hybrid cloud environment, defining their strategy, and speeding up innovation to get to value faster.
Organizations would be better able to embrace the cloud continuum – a spectrum of capabilities, from public to private to edge computing, all connected by contemporary networks and built with a zero-trust security philosophy – thanks to the combination of Accenture Cloud First and Red Hat OpenShift.
A hybrid system may combine the advantages of public cloud innovation, speed, consumption, and scalability with the advantages of private cloud regulatory compliance, performance, and data gravity.
Red Hat and Accenture are co-developing new solutions over the next year to assist enterprises shift to hybrid cloud, with an initial focus on the following four areas:
- Open hybrid cloud application and mainframe modernization – With the lines between public and private cloud blurring and no one-size-fits-all solution, Accenture and Red Hat are collaborating to help customers establish a comprehensive cloud strategy that embraces hybrid to improve operational efficiency and accelerate innovation using Red Hat OpenShift.
- Automation – Organizations would need consistent, robust, and standardized solutions for managing their cloud estate as they continue to modernize. Accenture and Red Hat are working on solutions to automate and orchestrate workloads across the IT infrastructure in order to decrease risk and lower IT expenditures. Accenture solutions for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform have been developed to provide robust, automated cloud computing capabilities. As a consequence, using infrastructure as code, the firms said they helped one customer achieve a 99 percent reduction in downtime for rolling upgrades, a 100 percent decrease in downtime for operating system patching, and a 50 percent reduction in development time.
- Edge Computing – The volume and complexity of data generated by connected devices is constantly pushing network and infrastructure capacities to their limits. Red Hat and Accenture are working on new solutions that focus on evaluating and processing data where it is created in order to improve customer experience and minimize latency. Applications may be deployed and automated at the edge with Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, minimizing the need for a physical footprint.
- Sovereign Cloud – Organizations in diverse nations and industries are navigating an extensive patchwork of technological solutions while adhering to new, evolving industry standards and compliance requirements. Through open source technology and services, Accenture and Red Hat are dedicated to assisting customers in controlling the location, access to, and processing of their data in the cloud.
“Operating in the hybrid cloud enables customers to optimize their existing systems with the added layers and capabilities necessary to support innovation and efficiency at scale,” said Stefanie Chiras, Senior Vice President, Partner Ecosystem Success, Red Hat. “At Red Hat, we believe that success not only lies in the technical components we bring to the cloud, but also with the impactful partnerships that drive successful implementations and business outcomes. Our long-standing collaboration with Accenture means that customers have access to the open source solutions they need and expertise they can trust to navigate the complexities of open hybrid cloud and grow their business where it needs to be – in the cloud.”
“Organizations are increasingly turning to hybrid cloud to help overcome complex challenges around core business functions like customer service and supply chain, and to drive growth and innovation,” said Raj Wickramasinghe, Hybrid and Emerging Platform lead at Accenture. “Through our expanded alliance with Red Hat, we can further help clients embrace the cloud continuum to enable greater operational efficiency and drive innovation.”
Client: Finanz Informatik
Hundreds of businesses from many sectors have benefited from Red Hat and Accenture’s collaboration., the companies stated. For example, Finanz Informatik, a financial IT partner, collaborated with Red Hat and Accenture to build an ambitious next-level multi-channel architecture for its key banking apps. Finanz Informatik upgraded their IT infrastructure with Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, with strategic assistance from Accenture, to increase company agility and respond more swiftly to changing client demands.
“Our business-critical applications are used every day by nearly 400 financial institutions, so regulatory compliance, security and reliability are crucial,” said Robert Bersdorf, division head for multi-channel applications, Finanz Informatik. “Our hybrid cloud strategy is critical for helping us drive resilience, while balancing agility with stability and security. By using OpenShift and Ansible Automation we took a pioneering step forward to embrace the private cloud to continuously deliver innovation while delivering a seamless experience and maintaining the performance of our own technology estate. It was a great experience working with Accenture and Red Hat on this project and together pushing the envelope.”