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What is Red Hat OpenShift Kubernetes Engine?

Red Hat® OpenShift® Kubernetes Engine provides you with the basic functionality of Red Hat OpenShift. It offers a subset of the features that Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform offers, like full access to an enterprise-ready Kubernetes environment and an extensive compatibility test matrix with many of the software elements that you might use in your datacenter.

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Entry-level Red Hat OpenShift

Red Hat OpenShift Kubernetes Engine lets you explore the benefits of Red Hat OpenShift in an entry-level solution.

The core components of Red Hat Enterprise Linux® CoreOS, Kubernetes, and basic cluster services—all deployed using a fully automated installer—make up the base of every Red Hat OpenShift installation. This process is the foundation of the Red Hat OpenShift experience, which can automate the upgrade and management functions of the platform.

Red Hat OpenShift Kubernetes Engine is built from the most innovative upstream open source projects, and supported by Red Hat.


Enterprise Kubernetes

Red Hat OpenShift provides you with commercial support, upgrades and patches, and increased security for Kubernetes and Kubernetes-native applications, so you don’t have to do it all yourself.


Operator lifecycle manager

Install, update, and manage the life cycle of all Kubernetes Operators and their associated services running across their clusters. It’s part of the Operator Framework, an open source toolkit to manage Kubernetes-native applications (Operators).


OpenShift Virtualization

Run and manage virtual machine (VM) workloads alongside container workloads by running VMs within containers side-by-side with other containers and serverless—all in one platform—with Red Hat OpenShift Virtualization.

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Fully automated installer

Install Red Hat OpenShift Kubernetes Engine where you need it, with support for popular public cloud providers, like AWS, Azure, IBM Cloud, and Google Cloud—as well as specific hardware. 

Over-the-air smart upgrades

See what updates are available to your clusters and let Red Hat OpenShift Kubernetes Engine automatically handle dependencies and the update process.

Kubectl and oc command line

Kubectl, the native Kubernetes command line interface (CLI), can be used to run commands for your Kubernetes clusters. Red Hat OpenShift runs on top of these same clusters and has kubectl built into oc, the command-line interface for Red Hat OpenShift.

Administrator web console

Developers can use the web browser-based web console to visualize, browse, and manage the contents of projects.

Why Red Hat OpenShift?

When organizations need solutions that are designed to enterprise standards, they turn to Red Hat. We’ve built a Kubernetes experience designed to reduce the operational overhead so you can start deploying containerized applications quickly.

As a long-time contributor to the upstream Kubernetes project, Red Hat has the expertise you need behind your container platform. From that expertise has come the perspective of how to enhance the power of Kubernetes with additional capabilities from the open source community. 

By including community-driven open source projects like Prometheus, Grafana, and kubevirt into Red Hat OpenShift, you have immediate access to the value and capabilities of those projects. 

Red Hat OpenShift subscription offerings

Red Hat OpenShift is the leading enterprise Kubernetes platform, trusted by organizations across industries and the globe for application innovation.

Read the sizing and subscription guide to better understand the subscription model for self-managed Red Hat OpenShift offerings.

Red Hat OpenShift editions

Red Hat OpenShift also offers editions designed to support full operations and developer services, and complete application lifecycle management and security.


Red Hat OpenShift Kubernetes Engine


  • Enterprise Kubernetes runtime
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux CoreOS immutable container operation system 
  • Administrator console
  • Red Hat OpenShift Virtualization 


Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform logo

In addition to Red Hat OpenShift Kubernetes Engine:

  • Developer console
  • Log management and metering/cost management
  • Red Hat OpenShift Serverless (Knative)
  • Red Hat OpenShift Service Mesh (Istio)
  • Red Hat OpenShift Pipelines and Red Hat OpenShift GitOps (Tekton, ArgoCD)


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In addition to Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform:

  • Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes
  • Red Hat Advanced Cluster Security for Kubernetes
  • Red Hat OpenShift Data Foundation Essentials
  • Red Hat Quay

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The Red Hat subscription advantage

A Red Hat subscription offers production-ready code, life-cycle management, software interoperability, and the flexibility to choose from multiple supported versions.

It also gives you access to a community of experts, thousands of software, cloud, and hardware partners, knowledge resources, security updates, and support tools that you can't get anywhere else.

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