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Red Hat® OpenShift® is a leading enterprise Kubernetes container-orchestration platform with full-stack automated operations to manage hybrid cloud, multicloud, and edge deployments—all optimized for developer productivity. 

Whether businesses are using applications, virtual machines (VMs), IoT (Internet of Things), and cloud computing to deliver extraordinary customer experiences, or using applications powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) to unlock new opportunities from data, they are evolving and distributing their IT infrastructure using edge computing.

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Extend your business to the edge

Edge computing is the processing of applications and information at or near the physical location of either the end user (like at the API) or the source of the data or datacenter, providing faster response times, more reliable services, and a better application experience back to the user. 

Successful edge computing means applications need to be deployed and managed—quickly and consistently—across a wide range of systems (automation, security, etc), environments (bare-metal, cloud-native), and vendors or service providers. Development teams must be able to create flexible applications once and deploy them anywhere. Similarly, IT operations teams must also be able to automate their management and security effectively at scale. 

DevOps teams need to be equipped to operate and compute in real time, in environments ranging from hundreds to thousands of locations, managing Kubernetes clusters of varying sizes and configurations. Increasingly, diverse edge deployment architectures are becoming more and more common.

That’s where Kubernetes and Red Hat OpenShift come in. Red Hat OpenShift brings full Kubernetes capabilities to edge computing environments, creating the ability to use the same tools and processes while easing the burden of configuring, deploying, provisioning, managing, tracking metrics, and monitoring even the largest-scale containerized applications.

That means all the flexibility of cloud services, virtualization, microservices, and containerization combined with the speed and efficiency of edge computing to increase functionality, decrease latency, expand bandwidth, and get the most from your virtual and on-premises infrastructure.

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Red Hat OpenShift + edge gives you:

  • Info at a glance
    Data-driven insights help teams gather, analyze, and turn data into actionable tasks, faster.

  • Partner experience
    A broad ecosystem of technology partners helps build edge deployments to meet a wide variety of use cases.

  • Flexible topology
    The flexibility to scale out your business and evolve an entire deployment through flexible topology options to fit the needs of different edge environments.

  • Scale without worry
    Developers can write code and deliver deployments at scale without worrying if they will work in a particular environment.

  • Multiple configurations
    The flexibility needed to meet the varying space, power, and connectivity requirements of edge sites and edge devices, supporting configurations that include:

    • 3-node clusters of combined control plane and worker nodes.

    • A single node with both the control plane and worker functions in a smaller footprint. 

    • Remote worker configurations where only the worker nodes are deployed at the edge.

  • Wide-view lens for operations
    Operations teams can use Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes to manage sites and clusters at scale with a single, consistent view.

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With an extensive product portfolio that incorporates the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform to facilitate full-stack automated operations, cluster and multi-cluster management, security, governance, and compliance, as well as an ecosystem of partners and open source communities, Red Hat can help your enterprise build the edge solution that best meets its needs now and in the future.

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An enterprise application platform with a unified set of tested services for bringing apps to market on your choice of infrastructure.

A fully supported sandbox in which to rapidly develop, train, and test machine learning (ML) models.

Software-defined storage that gives data a permanent place to live as containers spin up and down and across environments.

A single console, with built-in security policies, for controlling Kubernetes clusters and applications.



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