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Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform: Kubernetes for rapid innovation

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Product overview

Red Hat® OpenShift® is a trusted Kubernetes enterprise platform. It is a security-focused, consistent foundation ready to enable modern, hybrid-cloud application development and life-cycle management for any application, in any location, across physical, virtual, private and public clouds, and in edge computing. Designed to deliver continuous innovation and speed at any scale, Red Hat OpenShift empowers organizations to be ready for today and build for the future. 

Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform

Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform is self-managed and includes enterprise-grade Linux® operating system, container runtime, networking, monitoring, container registry, authentication, and authorization solutions. These components are tested together for unified operations on a complete Kubernetes platform spanning every cloud.

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Figure 1. Red Hat OpenShift architecture overview


Advanced capabilities 

Red Hat OpenShift supports multiple advanced capabilities.

  • Operators provide automated installation, upgrades, and life-cycle management for every part of your container stack, providing a more secure and up-to-date Kubernetes application platform with no downtime. 
  • Red Hat OpenShift Service Mesh provides a uniform way to manage, connect, and observe applications as managing and security between services becomes more difficult. 
  • Red Hat OpenShift Serverless allows an application to use compute resources and automatically scale up or down based on use, driven on-demand from a number of event sources.
  • Red Hat OpenShift Pipelines provides a streamlined user experience through the OpenShift console developer perspective, command-line interfaces (CLIs), and integrated development environments (IDEs). 
  • Red Hat OpenShift Virtualization brings virtual machines to OpenShift to modernize existing applications or run them alongside containers, and serverless, in a Kubernetes-native architecture.
  • Edge computing includes 3-node clusters as well as remote worker nodes to provide organizations full Kubernetes capabilities in a smaller footprint.
  • Databases and data analytics provide methods for ingesting, storing, processing, and analyzing datasets from a variety of sources for use cases such as mobile and ecommerce applications, AI/ML, business intelligence, and more. 
  • AI/ML on OpenShift ensures better collaboration between data scientists and software developers and accelerates the roll out of intelligent applications across hybrid cloud.

Features and benefits

FeatureBenefit
Platform
ScalabilityApplications running on OpenShift Container Platform can scale to thousands of instances across hundreds of nodes in seconds.
Multicluster federationConsolidated views of clusters and the use of Kubernetes technologies offer a consistent management layer across on-site and public clouds.
Persistent storageRed Hat OpenShift Container Storage allows users to run stateful applications and cloud-native stateless applications.
Open source standardsOpenShift Container Platform incorporates Open Containers Initiative (OCI)/docker-formatted containers and Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF)-certified Kubernetes for container orchestration, in addition to other open source technologies.
Container portabilityContainer images built on the OCI industry standard ensure portability between developer workstations and production OpenShift Container Platform environments.
3-node clustersAccess all of the capabilities of a full Kubernetes platform with this highly available, smaller footprint for edge architectures comprised of both supervisor and worker nodes.
Remote worker nodesPlace single worker nodes in remote locations that can then be managed by centralized supervisor nodes at a larger site, such as a core or regional datacenter—especially important for remote edge locations that have space constrained environments and limited power/cooling capabilities.
Automated installation and upgradesAutomated installation and over-the-air platform upgrades are supported in cloud with Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, IBM Cloud, and Azure, and on-premises using vSphere, OpenStack , Red Hat Virtualization, or bare metal. Services used from the OperatorHub can be deployed fully configured and upgradable with a single operation.
AutomationStreamlined and automated container and application builds, deployments, scaling, health management, and more are standard. 
Robust ecosystemAn expanding ecosystem of partners provides a wide variety of integrations. Third parties deliver additional storage and network providers, IDE and CI integrations, ISV solutions, and more.
Self-service provisioningDevelopers can quickly and easily create applications on demand from the tools they use most, while operations retain full control over the entire environment.
Multi-language supportDevelopers can use various languages, frameworks, and databases on the same platform.
Integrated CI/CD
pipelines
Developers reduce manual deployment work to deploy higher quality software for continuous integration and automated tests.
User interfacesDevelopers have direct access to a rich set of command-line tools, a multidevice web console, and Eclipse-based IDEs.
Source-to-image
deployment
OpenShift Container Platform provides a toolkit and workflow for producing ready-to-run images by injecting source code into a container and letting the container prepare that source code for execution.