Red Hat Accelerates Open Hybrid Cloud Technologies

Red Hat has announced new offerings to help organizations optimize, scale, or just protect IT operations in the face of shifting global dynamics.

According to Red Hat, these advancements are not contingent on a single piece of hardware or a sole cloud provider, as Red Hat delivers innovation fully across hybrid and multi-cloud footprints, including:

  • Support for multiple computing architectures, including x86, IBM Power, and mainframes.
  • Every major public cloud provider in Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, IBM Cloud, and Microsoft Azure as well as many specialized cloud providers.
  • Managed solutions through OpenShift Dedicated, Azure Red Hat OpenShift, and IBM Red Hat OpenShift Kubernetes Service, enabling organizations to gain the benefits of enterprise Kubernetes without the burden of infrastructure management.

The announcements of new capabilities include:

  • OpenShift virtualization, a new feature available as a Technology Preview within Red Hat OpenShift, derived from the KubeVirt open source project. It enables organizations to develop, deploy and manage applications consisting of virtual machines alongside containers and serverless, all in one modern platform that unifies cloud-native and traditional workloads.
  • Red Hat OpenShift 4.4, the latest version of the industry’s leading enterprise Kubernetes platform, which builds on the simplicity and scale of Kubernetes Operators. Rebased on Kubernetes 1.17, OpenShift 4.4 introduces a developer-centric view of platform metrics and monitoring for application workloads; monitoring integration for Red Hat Operators; cost management for assessing the resources and costs used for specific applications across the hybrid cloud; and much more.
  • And, to address the management challenges of running cloud-native applications across large-scale, production and distributed Kubernetes clusters, Red Hat also introduced a new management solution. Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes, availablesoon as a Technology Preview, provides a single, simplified control point for the monitoring and deployment of OpenShift clusters at scale, offering policy-driven governance and application lifecycle management.

In addition to these new technologies, Red Hat has added enhancements to help organizations get the most from existing infrastructure. This includes:

  • Enhancements to Red Hat Insights, Red Hat’s proactive security and risk management as-a-service offering, which makes it easier for IT teams to detect, diagnose and remediate potential problems before they impact production systems or end users. Insights is not an add-on, as it is available across every supported Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscription by default.
  • Red Hat Ansible Automation Platformalso helps to address the complexities of expanding network demand and infrastructure footprints by automating time-consuming manual tasks, helping IT teams to more effectively meet customer and end user needs beyond service uptime.