SAN FRANCISCO – IBM is expanding its partnership with Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), and moving more of its software portfolio to Red Hat’s application containers, the companies said at Red Hat Summit 2018, Tuesday.

Containers package code and runtime environments to make the easier to move the contained applications from one platform to another while retaining functionality. IBM says the partnership will help its customers shift applications to hybrid clouds based on its Cloud Private and Red Hat’s OpenShift platform.

IBM has moved its entire software portfolio to containers. IBM said the extended partnership with Red Hat means IBM Cloud Private can deploy containers across Red Hat, allowing developers to use IBM’s cloud to build AI, blockchain, and Internet of Things solutions with both companies acting as an integrated cloud platform.

IBM’s deep learning application, PowerAI, will now also be available on Red Hat.

In the last year, Red Hat has surpassed 150 customers worldwide adopting container-native storage with its Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform environments. Customers such as Aragonesa de Servicios Telemáticos (AST), Generali Switzerland, IHK-GfI, and Lufthansa Technik are using Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform for cloud-native applications.

Red Hat says Red Hat Gluster Storage, container-native storage from Red Hat, offers these organizations scalable, persistent storage for containers across hybrid clouds with increased application portability.