What Is OpenShift and Why Is It So Popular Recently


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In the age of cloud computing, almost all enterprises have replaced their on-premise servers with cloud options. Virtualization is a common practice in enterprises today because it helps them reduce operational costs and focus on their core competencies. In this era of digital transformation, enterprises are placing more emphasis on faster release cycles, easy access to management, and adaptability to future needs. In this blog post, you’ll learn what OpenShift is and why it’s so popular with enterprises. Read on!

So, what Is OpenShift?

Red Hat’s® OpenShift® is an open source cloud application platform developed by Red Hat that runs on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system and Kubernetes. It is a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) that lets you build, host and scale web applications in containers. It combines a variety of services, which include the Kubernetes platform and many fully supported Docker container images.

A container is nothing more than a software construct around an application that contains everything needed to run that application. Simply put, it’s a virtual machine without the overhead. The container is just an image with the application and all the dependencies. When deployed, it’s lightweight and has all the features of a virtual machine but without its overhead. This is the most effective and easiest way to develop and deploy an application in the cloud, public or private.

Kubernetes is a portable, extensible, open -source platform for managing container workloads and services that provides both declarative configuration and automation. It has a large, rapidly growing ecosystem. Kubernetes services, support, and tools are widely available.

Why is it so popular lately?

Businesses have entered a new era of digital transformation. And with it came new technologies, tools, and platforms. A platform like OpenShift allows enterprises to focus on their core competencies and helps them achieve higher levels of customer engagement. On a PaaS like OpenShift, enterprises can develop, deploy and scale their applications in automated ways, which in turn gives them more control and flexibility in application development.

“Joining forces with IBM gives Red Hat the opportunity to bring more open source innovation to an even broader range of organizations and will enable us to scale to meet the need for hybrid cloud solutions that deliver true choice and agility.”

Jim Whitehurst, president and CEO, Red Hat

Key features of OpenShift

Based on Kubernetes: Leverage the Kubernetes tools and APIs you already know for a unified, consistent experience, even when working in hybrid environments or with different cloud providers.

Scalability: If you have a growing business, you definitely need more infrastructure and a robust application. You can easily and dynamically scale your infrastructure and applications up or down depending on your needs and requirements.

Cost optimization: With OpenShift, you can easily optimize your costs and reduce your time to market. You don’t need to make large investments to build your infrastructure from the ground up.

Flexibility: Businesses are dynamic, and so are their requirements. Maybe your company is a startup, and your requirements are different from those of an established business. Thanks to OpenShift’s flexibility, you can easily adapt the environment to your needs.

Integrated catalog: Quickly set up a CI/CD with Jenkins or deploy a variety of applications that are fully integrated with your OpenShift cluster.

Security: OpenShift sets up strict security context constraints by default for increased pod security.

OpenShift on IBM Cloud

With Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Cloud, OpenShift developers have a fast and secure way to containerize and deploy enterprise workloads in Kubernetes clusters. Since IBM manages the OpenShift Container Platform (OCP), you’ll have more time to focus on your core tasks. IBM brings also some specific advantages to OCP when run on IBM Cloud:

Global Continuous Availability: Deploy and scale workloads around the world in all IBM Cloud multi-zone regions. OpenShift clusters include a managed master that is automatically distributed across zones within the region to ensure high availability.

Innovate with Cloud Paks and the full IBM Cloud platform: Easily integrate AI with Watson APIs to extend the power of your apps. Access the IBM middleware in IBM Cloud Paks via the scalable public cloud. You also get built-in services for monitoring, logging, load balancing, storage and security to help you manage an app’s lifecycle.

Security: In addition to OpenShift’s security features, IBM Cloud provides its own features to protect your cluster infrastructure, isolate your compute resources, encrypt data, and ensure security policy compliance across your container deployments.


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