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Red Hat Redefines Enterprise Kubernetes Through Full Stack Automation with Red Hat OpenShift 4

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Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source
solutions, today introduced Red Hat OpenShift 4, the next generation of
its trusted enterprise Kubernetes platform, reengineered to address the
complex realities of container orchestration in production systems.
OpenShift 4 is designed to deliver a cloud-like experience across the
hybrid cloud by driving automated updates across Kubernetes deployments
everywhere. Paired with enhanced developer flexibility and backed by
Kubernetes Operators, this helps to lay a more secure and consistent
foundation for modern and emerging cloud-native workloads. More than 1,000
across industries and around the world, including ANZ
, Banco Santander, Cathay
, Copel Telecom, GE, Lufthansa Technik, Macquarie Bank, Miles
and More GmbH, Paychex, Porsche Informatik, Sabre,
Swisscom AG, Via Varejo, and X by Orange, and this
year’s Red Hat Innovation Awards winners
BP, Deutsche Bank, Emirates
NBD, HCA Healthcare, and Kohl’s use OpenShift to accelerate application
development and delivery.

Hybrid and multicloud deployments are now industry standard1.
IDC predicts that by 2020, more than 90% of global organizations will
have a multicloud strategy in place.2 Red Hat OpenShift 4
simplifies hybrid and multicloud
deployments to accelerate how IT organizations deploy new applications,
helping businesses to thrive and differentiate themselves in an
ever-increasing set of competitive markets.

Simplifying and automating the cloud, everywhere

Designed for diverse environments, Red Hat OpenShift 4 ushers in the
next era of the Kubernetes standard to automate and operationalize best
practices for modern application platforms. Red Hat OpenShift 4 operates
as a unified cloud experience for the hybrid world, and enables an
automation-first approach with:

  • Self-managing platform for hybrid cloud to provide a cloud-like
    experience via automatic software updates and lifecycle management
    across the hybrid
    , powered by the trusted foundation of Red Hat Enterprise
    Linux and Red Hat Enterprise Linux CoreOS. This enables greater
    security, auditability, repeatability, ease of management and user
  • Adaptability and heterogeneous support, available in coming
    months across major public cloud vendors including
    Alibaba, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, Microsoft
    Azure, private cloud technologies like OpenStack, virtualization
    platforms and bare-metal servers.
  • Streamlined full stack installation with an automated process
    makes it easier to get started with enterprise Kubernetes quickly.
  • Simplified application deployments and lifecycle management with
    Kubernetes Operators. Red Hat pioneered stateful and complex
    applications on Kubernetes with Operators that automate application
    maintenance, scaling and failover. Now OpenShift 4 provides Red
    Hat OpenShift Certified Operators
    . Working in
    conjunction with the broader partner ecosystem, OpenShift 4 includes a
    broad set of applications to run as-a-service across the hybrid cloud.

Trusted enterprise Kubernetes

Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform is certified, conformant
Kubernetes, as validated by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation
(CNCF). It is the only enterprise Kubernetes offering built on the
backbone of the world’s
leading enterprise Linux platform
backed by the open source
expertise, compatible ecosystem, and leadership of Red Hat. As a top
Kubernetes community contributor, Red Hat refines Kubernetes for
enterprises in OpenShift 4, providing a codebase that is hardened and
more secure while retaining key innovations from upstream communities.

To provide a more flexible deployment footprint while still maintaining
enhanced security and stability, OpenShift 4 introduces Red Hat
Enterprise Linux CoreOS
, an OpenShift-specific embedded variant of
Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Red Hat Enterprise Linux CoreOS provides
expanded choice for enterprises in deploying enterprise-grade
Kubernetes, offering a lightweight, fully immutable, container-optimized
Linux OS distribution. In this variant, security features and stability
are still paramount, with automated updates managed by Kubernetes and
enabled by OpenShift with the push of a button. This helps to reduce
maintenance and improve business productivity.

OpenShift 4 is backed by Red Hat’s award-winning support and extensive
professional services, including Red Hat Consulting. With technical
expertise and strategic advising and analysis, Red Hat helps IT
organizations build solutions that meet the needs of today and in the

Empowering developers to innovate

Application development is imperative for many IT organizations given
its role in accelerating digital transformation. OpenShift 4 supports
the evolving needs of application development as a consistent platform
to optimize developer productivity with:

  • Self-service, automation and application services to help
    developers extend their application by on-demand provisioning of
    application services and providing build and deploy automation for
    containerized applications backed by Operators.
  • Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces enable developers to leverage the
    power of containers and Kubernetes, while working with familiar
    integrated development environment (IDE) tools that they use
    day-to-day. CodeReady Workspaces are more consistent, collaborative
    and protected than when running containers or virtual machines (VMs)
    on a laptop. This includes the tools and dependencies needed to code,
    build, test, run, and debug containerized applications in a web-based
  • OpenShift Service Mesh, which combines Istio, Jaeger, and Kiali
    projects as a single capability that encodes communication logic for
    microservices-based application architectures, freeing developer teams
    to focus on business-add logic.
  • Knative for building serverless applications in Developer
    Preview, which makes Kubernetes an ideal platform for building,
    deploying and managing serverless or function-as-a-service (FaaS)
    workloads. Knative features include scale-to-zero, autoscaling,
    in-cluster builds, and eventing frameworks for developing cloud-native
    applications on Kubernetes. It enables developers to focus on writing
    code by hiding complex parts of building, deploying, and managing
    their applications.
  • KEDA (Kubernetes-based event-driven autoscaling), a
    collaboration between Microsoft and Red Hat that supports deployment
    of serverless event-driven containers on Kubernetes
    , enabling
    Azure Functions in OpenShift, in Developer Preview. This allows for
    accelerated development of event-driven, serverless functions across
    hybrid cloud and on-premises with Red Hat OpenShift.
  • Operator-enabled application environments on OpenShift with Red Hat
    bringing the power of OpenShift Certified Operators to
    critical integration and process automation technologies. This enables
    IT organizations to unify their development environments around
    Operator capabilities, enabling developers to focus purely on
    delivering next-generation services and applications without having to
    worry about updating or maintaining of tooling.
  • Operator-enabled Red Hat OpenShift Container Storage 4, currently
    under development. It offers highly scalable persistent storage for
    cloud-native applications that require features such as encryption,
    replication, and availability across the hybrid cloud. Application
    teams can dynamically provision persistent volumes for a wide variety
    of workload categories including SQL/NoSQL databases, CI/CD pipelines
    and AI/ML.


Red Hat OpenShift 4 will be available in the next month.

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Supporting Quotes

Ashesh Badani, senior vice president, Cloud Platforms, Red Hat
IT’s future is driven by hybrid and multicloud computing, with
Kubernetes acting as a bridge to seamlessly connect workloads between
on-premise datacenters and public cloud footprints. Red Hat OpenShift 4
makes this vision of Kubernetes a reality, offering a consistent,
self-managing enterprise Kubernetes platform that spans the hybrid
cloud. OpenShift 4 drives developer productivity while limiting
operational complexities with native automation, providing a Kubernetes
platform that pairs production-readiness with cloud-native innovation.”

Al Gillen, group vice president, Software Development and Open
Source, IDC

“Red Hat has long led by example within the open
source community, contributing to both nascent and maturing projects.
After Kubernetes emerged, Red Hat shifted gears and carved out an early
leadership position with container support on Kubernetes as part of
OpenShift. The launch of Red Hat OpenShift 4 brings forward a multicloud
solution also available as a managed cloud service. This product offers
the portability customers are asking for in a package that brings
substantive improvements in automating deployment and simplifying
operation, which ultimately makes innovation easier.”

Jay Ryan, infrastructure architect, GE
“Our global
businesses are leading the Digital Industrial Revolution, so it is
important we work with trusted technology leaders like Red Hat. Our
Kubernetes offering is built on Red Hat OpenShift as it is
enterprise-class and designed to be more secure out of the box. We have
been proud to be an early adopter of cloud and container ecosystems and
realize that we don’t need to build and maintain everything ourselves.
As a part of GE’s CoreTech, the central nervous system for IT services
across GE, we rely on the power of Red Hat OpenShift and use it to
deliver Kubernetes as a service to our GE Businesses across the world.
OpenShift enables our application teams and developers to spend more
time solving business problems and less time building platforms. With
this next version of OpenShift, we are looking to enable the automated
operation capabilities that can be delivered with Operators, helping us
to scale up and out to keep up with demand, while putting even more
control at our customers’ fingertips.”

Tobias Mohr, head of technology and infrastructure, AVIATAR,
Lufthansa Technik

“Relying on open source from Red Hat gave us
the opportunity to increase speed and development. We use Red Hat
OpenShift to build, deploy, run, and integrate new infrastructure
components in our AVIATAR digital platform for our customers. This
agility is something we can continue thanks to the automation that can
be achieved in OpenShift 4.”

Matthias Krohnen, enterprise architect, Miles and More GmbH
Hat has allowed us to enjoy the best of two worlds: a cutting-edge open
source solution as well as reliable and more secure enterprise support
for Kubernetes. With our improved infrastructure based on Red Hat
OpenShift Container Platform, we can now quickly offer additional
services, tap into new business opportunities, and generally enhance our
position as an attractive partner for companies outside of the air
travel sector. We look forward to the innovations of OpenShift 4
bringing full-stack automation and more tooling for developer

Marcel Meier, head of new business, Swisscom (Schweiz) AG
a major telecommunications and IT provider in Switzerland with a history
of more than 160 years, we must continue to innovate, and application
containers are helping us gain greater developer productivity for our
clients and Software partners. Today we rely on Red Hat OpenShift as a
part of our containers-as-a-service strategy, which is helping us to
deliver a faster service to our partners, our customers and our internal
teams, with a focus on generating greater business value for all.”

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