ABB and Red Hat announced a global partnership to enable industries using ABB’s process automation and industrial software to scale rapidly and flexibly leveraging Red Hat’s enterprise platforms and application services built on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL).
The partnership enables virtualization and containerization of automation software with Red Hat OpenShift providing flexibility in hardware deployment, optimized according to application needs. It also provides efficient system orchestration, enabling real-time, data-driven decision making at the edge and further processing in the cloud.
Red Hat OpenShift is an enterprise Kubernetes platform, employing RHEL as its foundation. This can provide ABB with a single consistent application platform, from small single node systems to scaled-out hyperconverged clusters at the industrial edge, simplifying application development and management efforts for end user customers.
Harry Forbes, ARC Advisory Group, commented, “This partnership provides further evidence that IT platforms are penetrating to the core of OT in process automation. In ARC’s view, future process automation will require the combination of virtualized legacy DCS software with newer applications that can support containerization, Kubernetes, and other emerging enterprise software technologies.”