Red Hat Drives Hybrid Cloud Ubiquity with OpenShift Innovation Across Architectures, Applications and Infrastructure
Red Hat OpenShift extends enterprise Kubernetes for nearly any application, team or organization with new operations capabilities, developer advancements and more
Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, announced new capabilities and features for Red Hat OpenShift, the industry’s leading enterprise Kubernetes platform. From updates to OpenShift Serverless for enhanced developer efficiency to extended support across architectures, Red Hat OpenShift helps fuel enterprise innovation across the hybrid cloud backed by Red Hat’s expertise and commitment to production-ready open source.
According to Forrester: “Over the next five years, cloud-native technologies will herald a new era of distributed enterprise software designed to be built and run wherever a container platform is available. This will help large enterprises compete with digital natives, as the same cloud-native tech will be available to both.” Red Hat’s 2020 State of Enterprise Open Source Report further indicates the demand for hybrid cloud, with 63% of respondents claiming they have a hybrid infrastructure today while more than half of those who do not are planning a deployment within two years.
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Red Hat views Kubernetes as the cornerstone of hybrid cloud computing, delivering a common platform that spans bare-metal servers, virtual environments and private and public cloud environments with familiar tools and services. Built on the trusted and proven backbone of the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform in Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat OpenShift provides a powerful, scalable Kubernetes foundation for hybrid cloud computing use cases across industries and regions.
Applications built for (hybrid) cloud-scale
Traditional application development tools and technologies can struggle to meet the demands of a cloud-native world, especially when containerized deployment models blur the lines between developers and IT operations. Red Hat OpenShift builds a developer experience aimed at accelerating cloud-native applications, now adding:
- The latest update to OpenShift Serverless with Red Hat OpenShift Serverless 1.11, which brings full support for Knative eventing. This enables containerized applications to consume as many resources as needed at a given time, without leading to over or under consumption.
- Red Hat build of Quarkus, a Kubernetes-native Java stack fully supported by Red Hat. With a single Red Hat OpenShift subscription, customers now have full access to Quarkus, enabling developers to repurpose mission-critical Java applications on Kubernetes, backed by Red Hat’s enterprise support and expertise.
Hybrid cloud-ready: Now and for the future
The hybrid cloud needs of organizations today may not necessarily be the same as the needs of tomorrow, especially as dynamic global conditions necessitate rapid changes in service delivery, scale and composition.
Further updates to Red Hat OpenShift 4.6 intended to help enterprises address these challenges include:
- Powerful new edge computing features with remote worker nodes, which extend processing power to space constrained environments. This enables IT organizations to scale remotely while maintaining centralized operations and management.
- Key capabilities for public sector Kubernetes deployments including availability on AWS GovCloud and Azure Government Cloud, extended OpenSCAP support and more.
Red Hat OpenShift also improves on its previously released OpenShift Virtualization feature set by adding informed, one-click and template-based VM creation and performance and scale optimizations targeted at VMs running Microsoft Windows-based workloads.
Further supporting OpenShift across the hybrid cloud is the Red Hat OpenShift Ansible Content Collection. Delivered as Certified Content for Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, this collection helps organizations manage and extend OpenShift using Ansible IT automation technology.
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Innovation across multiple architectures and multiple clouds
Open hybrid cloud strategies do not rely on a single architecture or cloud provider; instead, these deployments often focus on bringing in the best of all worlds to support enterprise transformation. This could mean using a combination of hardware providers on-premise, leaning on multiple clouds for specific services or any combination thereof. Red Hat OpenShift is designed to support IT organizations across the open hybrid cloud, regardless of the technical makeup.
Red Hat OpenShift is supported across a broad range of traditional enterprise hardware, including x86, IBM Z, IBM LinuxONE, IBM Power Systems, and IBM Storage. Building on Red Hat’s decades long expertise in delivering production-ready solutions across multiple architectures, the addition of these new supported configurations furthers the ability for enterprises to select the best hardware mix for their hybrid cloud deployments while still retaining the power and promise of enterprise Kubernetes.
In addition to being offered as a managed or self-managed service on every major public cloud, including AWS, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud and Microsoft Azure, Red Hat OpenShift is now also available on AWS and Microsoft Azure Government Clouds, providing additional features intended for public sector cloud computing. Further extending OpenShift’s reach into the public cloud domain is Azure Red Hat OpenShift, a jointly-managed, engineered and supported offering on Microsoft Azure backed by the expertise of both Microsoft and Red Hat. A similar service is expected to launch on AWS with joint management and support from Red Hat and Amazon.
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