Red Hat Releases Set of Enterprise-Grade Linux Container Solutions
June 28, 2016

Red Hat announced the availability of a comprehensive set of enterprise-grade Linux container solutions.

Red Hat’s container portfolio spans nearly every application delivery need, from free development tools to a comprehensive container platform that integrates management, Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Containers-as-a-Service (CaaS). Addressing modernization of existing IT investments and innovation alike, Red Hat now enables customers to better leverage the full benefits of containerization with more secure, portable and consistent container-based solutions, supporting key open standards such as the Open Container Initiative (OCI) container format and Kubernetes orchestration.

Built on the enterprise-grade backbone of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat’s portfolio of Linux container solutions aims to answer emerging business needs by offering:

- A hardened and reliable Linux container operating system via Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host.

- A comprehensive enterprise container development and deployment platform tailored to a wide range of use cases in Red Hat OpenShift.

- Enterprise-grade container native storage via Red Hat Gluster Storage.

- Unified container management with Red Hat CloudForms.

Red Hat OpenShift

In June 2015, Red Hat OpenShift became a container-centric, hybrid cloud solution built from the Docker, Kubernetes, Project Atomic and OpenShift Origin upstream projects with Red Hat Enterprise Linux as its foundation. OpenShift provides a more secure, stable platform for container-based deployments without sacrificing current IT investments, allowing for mission-critical, traditional applications to coexist alongside new, cloud-native and container-based applications.

Today, Red Hat announced a broad expansion of its container offerings based on the OpenShift technology, aimed at helping enterprises to completely embrace Linux containers across consumption models, from the developer desktop to production environments to the hybrid cloud. Red Hat OpenShift now addresses needs across the Linux container adoption lifecycle, including:

- Adopting containers for local development and driving developer productivity via no-cost Red Hat OpenShift Container Local, included in the Red Hat Container Developer Kit.

- Expanding adoption of Linux containers and enabling enterprise to evaluate containers in non-production server environments for development and testing with Red Hat OpenShift Container Lab.

- Supporting enterprise organizations who are committing to containers for mission-critical application delivery, from development to production, with Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform (formerly OpenShift Enterprise), Red Hat’s flagship container platform.

- Enabling customers to transform the traditional data center to a private cloud with Red Hat Cloud Suite, which combines the components of Red Hat OpenShift with Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat CloudForms.

- Providing fully managed, public cloud container platform offerings OpenShift Online and OpenShift Dedicated in the public cloud, managed by Red Hat.

Red Hat OpenShift allows for easier integration with Red Hat JBoss Middleware services within a container architecture, including the newly-released Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (JBoss EAP) 7, Red Hat JBoss Fuse, Red Hat JBoss BRMS, Red Hat JBoss Data Grid and more. This enables developers to build and integrate new applications faster and more easily modernize existing applications to run on container-based infrastructure across the hybrid cloud.

Container-Native Storage with Red Hat Gluster Storage

As enterprises move to an open hybrid cloud environment, software-defined storage becomes a necessity. Combining Linux containers with software-defined storage makes this transition easier and more natural for enterprises to achieve. Today, Red Hat enables this transition with the launch of containerized Red Hat Gluster Storage, available now via the Red Hat Container Registry. Bringing enterprises closer to the vision of Storage-as-a-Service, this new offering enables storage to be deployed in standard containers, orchestrated by Kubernetes and managed just like any other application service running on Red Hat OpenShift, and includes full integration with Red Hat’s entire container stack.

Unified Container and Cloud Management with Red Hat CloudForms

Management is a critical piece of enterprise-grade containers, and Red Hat CloudForms provides this with container visibility and control as a part of the Red Hat container stack. Combining hybrid cloud and container management into a single interface, Red Hat CloudForms gives users visibility into workloads running on Red Hat OpenShift and the hosting infrastructure. Combined with CloudForms’ other management capabilities, users can manage relationships from the container through the platform layer to the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) layer or the physical host.

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