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Red Hat Improves Container Management with OpenShift 3.4

Red Hat's latest release encourages organizations to embrace container technology for app development and deployment.

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By Elizabeth O'Dowd

- Red Hat announced the latest update to its OpenShift Container Platform to better help organizations in delivering advanced business applications compatible with existing IT environments.

The OpenShift Container Platform 3.4 opens up the business-critical application development process and offers dynamic storage provisioning for traditional and cloud-native applications in a hybrid cloud environment.

Container storage allows multiple types of storage to be provisioned. Container-native storage improves the user experience by running stateful and stateless applications on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, which makes storing applications easier so developers have better access to them.

Red Hat’s latest platform update uses container technology to encourage organizations to embrace new technologies in regards to application development and deployment.

“While Linux containers represent an innovative future for enterprise applications, traditional and legacy applications remain critical to the modern business. Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.4 can meet the needs of these existing applications while providing the tools and services to drive cloud-native application creation and deployment,” said Ashesh Badanivice, President and General Manager of OpenShift as Red Hat.

“The latest version of our flagship container application platform goes a step beyond simply creating and deploying applications by addressing the growing storage needs of both stateful and stateless applications across the hybrid cloud, allowing for coexistence of modern and future-forward workloads on a single, enterprise-ready platform.”

Red Hat OpenShift is currently being used by Discovery Health subsidiary The Vitality Group, to develop apps to increase user health.

“The Vitality program is a global initiative and rewards program that encourages healthy behavior for insurance customers. This program is a key component of how we envision the future of health, but advanced services for our customers can only be delivered by embracing next-generation technologies, particularly those provided through the open source communities that drive Linux containers, Kubernetes and IoT,” said Neil Adamson, CIO of The Vitality Group.

“Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform provides us with the best of these communities while still delivering a stable, more secure foundation; we're able to reap the benefits of open source innovation while lessening the risks often inherent to emerging technologies.”

Red Hat OpenShift 3.4 uses both Kubernetes 1.4 and the docker container runtime for its container application platform, which allows users to efficiently add new services to their apps reliably and securely.

Red Hat OpenShift 3.4 contains all the features of its previous versions, and added new features including container storage, enhanced multi-tenancy, and new hybrid cloud reference architectures.

Red Hat Gluster Storage supports OpenShift users and supplies software-defined, scalable solutions that can be deployed on-premise or in the cloud.

Enhanced multi-tenancy is enacted through simplified project management in a single Kubernetes cluster. OpenShift allows developers to work on multiple projects completely isolated from one another while sharing resources on a single Kubernetes cluster within the platform. Users can manage separate projects easier and search for project details through a web console. The multi-tenancy capabilities allow developer teams to access their own cloud-like environment to build and deploy apps.

New hybrid cloud reference architectures run Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform on OpenStack, VMware, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Engine, and MIcrosoft Azure. Red Hat provides guides to assist organizations in successfully deploying OpenShift in these environments.

Red Hat offers a number of container solutions, which include private and fully managed public cloud offerings to support the different stages of application development. The one solution can span multiple infrastructures, which is useful for organizations with multiple locations sharing data and working together to develop apps in one single environment.