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Developers and system administrators need better ways to deliver applications with increased speed and flexibility. Linux Containers, when used as an open source application packaging and delivery technology, meet this need by combining lightweight application isolation with the flexibility of an image-based deployment method. Red Hat has been working hard to make container technologies safer and easier to consume for the enterprise. Yesterday, at AWS re:Invent, we continued to make progress by offering attendees a chance to dive deep and develop skills for working with containers on AWS at a technical bootcamp.

Red Hat N. Harrison Ripps walks attendees through the do Red Hat's N. Harrison Ripps walks attendees through the do's and don'ts of Kubernetes.

This full-day, in-person training session provided a chance for developers and system administrators to learn first-hand from Red Hat knowledge experts and gain skills to deploy container-based applications with AWS. Content included instructor-led presentations and practical exercises, with several hands-on labs.

Through a series of labs

that built upon each other, attendees learned:

  1. How to use the tooling included with Red Hat Enterprise Linux as well as Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Atomic Host Beta to deploy pre-built applications in Docker-formatted containers
  2. How to use Kubernetes to manage container clusters
  3. How Red Hat's OpenShift PaaS is orchestrating source code deployment and centralizing management to leverage these technologies for the benefit of developers and administrators alike

Attendees also learned how AWS users can gain the following benefits from delivering applications via containers:

  • Enhanced application portability to allow for the flexible deployment of the application container across multiple AWS regions, instances, or availability zones
  • Reduced overhead and boot time of deploying new applications via containers on a minimized footprint host OS
  • Simplified maintenance, reducing the effort and risk of patching applications and their dependencies
  • Lowered development costs, as enterprises need only develop, test and certify applications against a single container runtime
Attendees at AWS re-Invent during the bootcamp Attendees at AWS re-Invent during the bootcamp.

The bootcamp filled up many weeks before the event and was very well received. Attendees  will go home this week knowing how they can use Docker containers, Kubernetes, and OpenShift to build out cutting edge development, QE, and production environments.

If you weren't able to attend AWS re-Invent, don't worry. We're looking for other ways to share the content. In the interim, you can get started with Kubernetes and containers today using the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Atomic Host Beta. And for additional information - visit the Red Hat Customer Portal where you will find a number of new articles on working with the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Atomic Host Beta, containers, and more.

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