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This week we announced that Red Hat has been positioned as a Challenger in the 2023 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for DevOps Platforms. We are super excited with this recognition, as we believe this is a great validation of Red Hat OpenShift as an Application Platform, complemented by Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform (AAP) to help accelerate the modern application development and delivery in a more consistent manner with greater security capabilities across the hybrid cloud. To help explain this result from our point of view, this blog answers some of the most frequently asked questions.​

What is the Gartner Magic Quadrant?

Magic Quadrant reports are a culmination of rigorous, fact-based research in specific markets, providing a wide-angle view of the relative positions of the providers in markets where growth is high and provider differentiation is distinct. Providers are

positioned into four quadrants: Leaders, Challengers, Visionaries and Niche Players. The research enables you to get the most from market analysis in alignment with your unique business and technology needs.

The 2023 Magic Quadrant for DevOps Platforms is the first ever for DevOps Platforms. The report analyzes the market for platforms with DevOps capabilities to accelerate the secure and iterative delivery of applications in production, anywhere. 

How was the Magic Quadrant judged? What criteria were used?

Gartner defines DevOps platforms as platforms that provide fully integrated capabilities to enable continuous delivery of software using agile and DevOps practices. The standard capabilities span the gamut of the software development lifecycle and include product planning, version control, continuous integration, test automation, continuous deployment and release orchestration with support for monitoring and observability. DevOps platforms enable team collaboration, secure software development, and measurement of software delivery metrics.

According to Gartner, the Gartner DevOps Platform capabilities inclusion criteria are:

  1. Continuous integration — Native support for continuously building code, orchestrating verification and validation functions (test automation, security and compliance scans).
  2. Continuous delivery and release orchestration — Continuous deployment (no gates) as well as gated approval mechanisms (e.g., to meet regulatory requirements or organizations transitioning from ITIL)
  3. Integrated solution for secure development, team collaboration and visualization of development workflows, with a unified dashboard across multiple user personas.
  4. Provide value stream metrics to measure flow of work, as well as flow of value across the complete software delivery value stream (e.g., flow metrics, DORA metrics).
  5. Secure software delivery — Support for orchestrating security functions as an integral part of the software development life cycle.

Red Hat has been named a Challenger in this Magic Quadrant based on our completeness of vision and ability to execute.

We believe our placement as a Challenger in this report is a significant validation of the value of Red Hat OpenShift as an Application Platform, complemented by Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform to accelerate the development, delivery AND running of these applications in diverse environments across the hybrid cloud, while integrating with the most relevant DevOps tools for users. Red Hat OpenShift natively includes a lot of developer productivity tools, security and compliance capabilities, hybrid and multi-cloud infrastructure foundation, and support to scale application deployments. Ansible Automation Platform includes configuration and infrastructure automation capabilities that are important for DevOps. The functional architecture diagram below highlights the details of these capabilities across Red Hat OpenShift and Ansible Automation Platform to help accelerate DevOps initiatives for organizations globally.


For further details on why choose Red Hat for a DevOps Platform, here is a quick read.  

See in action 

Full copy of the Gartner Magic Quadrant on DevOps Platforms can be downloaded here.

Where can I learn more about the value of  Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform for DevOps use cases?

See Red Hat OpenShift and Ansible Automation Platform’s DevOps capabilities. 

Short article on why choose Red Hat for a DevOps Platform?

Ask an OpenShift Admin Stream: LIVE June 21st, 11am ET, ask the experts what it took to build a DevOps platform with OCP and AAP

Gartner disclaimer:
Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. 

GARTNER is a registered trademark and service mark of Gartner and Magic Quadrant is a registered trademark of Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and internationally and are used herein with permission. All rights reserved.

This graphic was published by Gartner, Inc. as part of a larger research document and should be evaluated in the context of the entire document. The Gartner document is available upon request from Red Hat.

Image Source: Gartner, “Magic Quadrant for DevOps Platforms,” June 2023

Über den Autor

Chuck leads product marketing for Red Hat OpenShift. He has been with Red Hat since 2018. Previously, he was CMO of Bugsnag, VP of Product Marketing at Tintri, and Director of product marketing for Red Hat Virtualization. Chuck is a graduate of Stanford Business School and Dartmouth College. He lives in Portland, Maine with his husband and two cats, and enjoys cooking, drinking great wines and perfecting his Old Fashioned recipe.

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