Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 4.6 is available for IBM Power Systems servers

IBM United States Software Announcement 220-439
November 10, 2020

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Red Hat® OpenShift® Container Platform 4.6 for Power®

Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform (OCP) for Power provides a secure, enterprise-grade platform for on-premises private platform-as-a-service clouds on IBM® Power Systems servers. It brings together industry-leading container orchestration from Kubernetes, advanced application build and delivery automation, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux®-certified containers for Power Systems.

Red Hat OCP for Power brings developers and IT operations together with a common platform. It provides applications, platforms, and services for creating and delivering cloud-native apps and management so IT can ensure that the environment is secure and available.

Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 4.6 for Power (OpenShift 4.6) provides clients with an enterprise-grade container orchestration platform concurrent with x86 platform support. OpenShift 4.6 is powered by Kubernetes operators and Red Hat ’s commitment to full-stack security, so you can develop and scale for your enterprise as needed. Key features of OpenShift 4.6 include:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux CoreOS, offering a fully immutable, lightweight, and container-optimized Linux OS distribution.
  • Cluster upgrades simplified and cloud automation.
  • Local storage operator support.
  • IBM Cloud Pak® support on Power Systems platforms. Cloud Paks are a containerized bundling of IBM middleware and open source content.
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux CoreOS boot disk 4096 byte sector support.

Red Hat OCP subscriptions are offered in two core increments that are designed to run in a virtual guest. With OpenShift 4.6, the purchase of a separate Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) subscription is only required when KVM-based virtualization is used. In this scenario, RHEL is used for the host operating system. All Red Hat OCP instances are CoreOS based. Clients with active Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform for Power subscriptions are automatically entitled to the newer version of Red Hat OCP.

Several additional Red Hat products are included with an OCP subscription and have recently been enabled for Power. These include:

  • Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces. Built on the open Eclipse Che project, CodeReady Workspaces uses Kubernetes and containers to provide any member of your development or IT team with a consistent, secure, and preconfigured development environment.
  • OpenShift Do (odo). odo is a fast, iterative command-line interface (CLI) for developers who write, build, and deploy applications on OpenShift. It has a simple, extensible syntax that includes on-the-fly interactive help to construct the appropriate options for your commands. odo consolidates a series of separate steps to deploy your apps and make modifications.

For more information on these additional products and other OpenShift Container packages available for Power please see the Red Hat Container catalog.

Program delivery

When you order Red Hat OCP for Power from IBM, you will receive a "Product Information Card" document from IBM Software Fulfillment. See this document for information on downloading the product from Red Hat and registering your subscription. This information is also available through the Entitled Systems Support (ESS) website.

Note: The Product information card ships separately from the Power Systems server and should not be discarded or destroyed.

Support requirements

Red Hat OCP subscriptions are offered with support from either Red Hat or IBM. Clients should select one of the Red Hat combined subscription and support features that IBM offers or select an L3-only subscription combined with IBM Cloud® Support Line for OpenShift (5771-OCP, 5773-OCP, or 5775-OCP).



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Key requirements

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Red Hat OCP for Power runs on servers built with the POWER8® or POWER9™ technology-based processor architecture.



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Effective date

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November 13, 2020



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Statement of general direction

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To exploit the innovative new capabilities in Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 4 for Power, IBM intends to continue to deliver new and updated IBM Cloud Paks built on OpenShift 4.

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5639-OCP 4.6.0 Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform for Power
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