A Guide to Red Hat OpenShift

A Guide to Red Hat OpenShiftIn this feature, we detail the benefits of using Red Hat OpenShift to deliver your applications, for a more efficient and modern way of working.


What is Red Hat OpenShift?

Enterprises are using microservices and containers to build applications faster and to deliver and scale intelligently across hybrid cloud environments. In order to do this, you need the right platform. Red Hat OpenShift is a hybrid cloud platform for long-term innovation. It is an open source platform that allows you to run containerised applications and workloads powered by Kubernetes, enabling developers to develop and deploy their applications in the cloud. With OpenShift, you can drive business transformation and unite your teams on a single, cost-effective platform to quickly deliver exceptional experiences, wherever they are.

OpenShift has multiple flavours and it’s an offering that comes with Red Hat support regardless of where you choose to run your applications and workloads. One of the big advantages is being able to leverage public or private resources for running OpenShift, which includes bare metal or virtualised hardware, whether it’s on-premises or on a cloud provider. On top of that, you have the operating system which is generally Red Hat Enterprise Linux. On top of that, you have Kubernetes. Finally, we come to the OpenShift layer which is built on top of Kubernetes, and makes working with it much easier. Red Hat OpenShift takes a lot of the difficult tasks like deploying applications and day-to-day operations, and makes it easier by building a web console on the CLI, as well as a façade on top of Kubernetes, to make all of those tasks more streamlined and easy to do.


How does OpenShift work?

As a developer, you have to write applications, create changes, test and deploy them into a cluster. You have to be focused on those tasks alone and any distractions outside of this would significantly slow down production. Considering this, OpenShift has a few ways of making life easier for engineers, from project creation to deploying code. Development teams have access to validated images and solutions from hundreds of partners, with security scanning and signing throughout the delivery process. They can access on-demand images and get native access to a wide range of third-party cloud services all through a single platform.

Red Hat OpenShift also supports the tooling that development teams prefer including Jenkins, Java, Python, and more, to help those developers with builds. And with containers, developers can seamlessly package an application with all of the parts it needs, such as runtimes and libraries, and ship it out as one package. When it’s time to launch, service mesh streamlines deployment by ensuring each of the individual services can talk to each other, leaving developers free to focus on their code.

Additionally, Operations teams are given visibility into deployments where they are, and across teams, with built-in logging and monitoring. Red Hat Kubernetes Operators embed the unique applications logic that enables the service to be functional, not simply configured, but tuned for performance, and updated and patched from the OS with one touch.


Benefits of Red Hat OpenShift

  • Efficiently Manage Your Applications from the Cloud: Red Hat OpenShift offers automated installation, upgrades, and lifecycle management throughout the container stack—the operating system, Kubernetes and cluster services and applications—on any cloud.
  • Rapid Development & Deployment: Red Hat OpenShift helps teams build with speed, agility, confidence, and choice. Develop your code in production mode anywhere you choose, so you can get back to doing work that matters.
  • Industry Leading Security Capabilities: Red Hat OpenShift is focused on security at every level of the container stack and throughout the application lifecycle. It includes long-term, enterprise support from one of the leading Kubernetes contributors and open source software companies.


What’s the difference between Red Hat OpenShift and Kubernetes?

Red Hat OpenShift is 100% certified Kubernetes, providing all of the components needed to run Kubernetes in production, including the underlying Linux platform, integrated networking, storage, monitoring, logging, installation, and upgrades. Red Hat OpenShift helps organisations transition to containers and Kubernetes, and realise the full potential of a hybrid cloud strategy. They both feature robust and scalable architecture that enables rapid and large-scale application development, deployment, and management, but differ in areas such as security, support, networking and templates.


Choose Evros for Red Hat OpenShift

Red Hat OpenShift is the Kubernetes platform that provides a trusted foundation for the on-premises, hybrid, and multi-cloud deployments that today’s enterprises demand. With automated operations and streamlined life-cycle management, Red Hat OpenShift empowers development teams to build and deploy new applications and helps operations teams provision, manage and scale a Kubernetes platform. Over 1,000 customers trust Red Hat OpenShift to change the way they deliver applications, improve their relationships with customers, and gain competitive advantages to be leaders in their industries.

At Evros, we help our clients transform their businesses by leveraging open source technologies with our partner Red Hat. Red Hat is the largest open source company in the world, and we work with them to build and support open source products together for our customers.

As a Red Hat Premier Business Partner since 2006, we have the expertise and experience to ensure rapid development and delivery of enterprise open source solutions. Find out more about our open source solutions and partnership with Red Hat here.