We are excited to share that Red Hat OpenShift has been recognized as a Leader by Forrester Research in The Forrester Wave™: Multicloud Container Platforms, Q4 2023.

Forrester is one of the most recognized research and advisory analyst firms in the IT space, and we believe that having been named a Leader showcases Red Hat OpenShift for its capabilities beyond container management alone - with recognition of our support for AI/ML, flexibility in cloud offerings, enterprise reach, shift-left approach to security and automated CI/CD. The Forrester report notes, “With OpenShift’s systematic innovation and development on multiple fronts, Red Hat has helped transform the MCP market segment. What began as a rough-around-the-edges open source effort has become a full-blown multicloud development and infrastructure platform that handles anything from bespoke internal apps to digital operations platforms and complex AI/ML workloads.”

Additionally, the Forrester report goes on to say, “Reference customers praised Red Hat’s pace of innovation and willingness to tackle tough challenges.” We’re particularly proud of this statement as we are consistently refining Red Hat OpenShift to best meet the needs of our customers as their technology requirements evolve.

To help further explain the process and our recognition as a Leader, let’s take a deeper dive into what Forrester looked at in their evaluation and how Red Hat scored.

What is the Forrester Wave?

The Forrester Wave is a guide for buyers considering their purchasing options in a technology marketplace and is based on analysis and opinion. According to Forrester, “The Forrester Wave uses a transparent methodology to compare the players in a software, hardware, or services market so our clients can make well-informed purchasing decisions.”

What were the results?

Red Hat received the highest scores in the strategy and current offering categories and the highest possible score in the market presence category. Additionally, of the full 32 criteria, Red Hat was acknowledged with the highest possible score in 29 criteria -- including developer experience, AI/ML services and security features and policies. 

Additionally, the report notes that, “OpenShift is a good fit for most large organizations that want deep and broad multicloud container management and development capabilities on a modern platform.” We believe this recognition further validates Red Hat Openshift as a complete application platform - providing organizations with tested and trusted tools and services to develop, modernize, deploy, run and manage applications at scale across the hybrid cloud.

How was the Forrester Wave judged?

Forrester conducted a 32-criterion evaluation of multicloud container platform (MCP) providers, identified the most significant ones, and researched, analyzed and scored them. 

The evaluation criteria were grouped into three high-level categories:

  • Current offering. Each vendor’s position on the vertical axis of the Forrester Wave graphic indicates the strength of its current offering. Key criteria for these solutions include platform experience, cloud-native application development, container runtime and registries, platform operations, data insights/analytics and platform infrastructure.
  • Strategy. Placement on the horizontal axis indicates the strength of the vendors’ strategies. We evaluated vision, innovation, roadmap, partner ecosystem, adoption, community and supporting services and offerings.
  • Market presence. Represented by the size of the markers on the graphic, the market presence scores reflect each vendor’s revenue and number of customers.

To read the full write up from Forrester, view a complimentary copy of The Forrester Wave™: Multicloud Container Platforms, Q4 2023 here.


About the author

Aubrey Muhlach is a Senior Manager of Product Marketing Red Hat OpenShift based out of Colorado. Focusing on enabling DevOps practices and culture, Aubrey develops and implements go to market strategies for OpenShift and emerging technologies in the ecosystem. Aubrey lives in Colorado with her family where she takes full advantage of the Rocky Mountains and those infamous Boulder Flat Iron views.

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