Developers often face challenges and frustrations as they go about their workday. Whether it’s learning new skills and unfamiliar technologies, requesting infrastructure and application services, or struggling with processes and custom requests, there are many factors that can hinder productivity and increase cognitive load. Navigating these complexities can come at a cost, which has led to the emergence of platform engineering.
Platform engineers curate a customized set of tools and processes to match the unique needs of an organization, creating self-service capabilities and automated infrastructure that empowers software developers. This adaptability keeps developers from being constrained by one-size-fits-all solutions and allows them to work with tools that best suit their project requirements.
Platform engineers also address the challenges of scaling DevOps across an organization by designing and building integrated toolchains and workflows while maintaining security, compliance, and governance–thus building a seamless and efficient user experience for software developers.
Finally, by standardizing development environments and workflows, platform engineering fosters better collaboration among teams by reducing the learning curve for new team members and enabling more efficient cross-team cooperation.
These capabilities enable platform engineering teams to curate and provide common, reusable tools and processes to developers that include CI/CD, security guardrails, zero-trust security architecture, and organizational compliance requirements.
This eliminates the need for application teams to learn and master multiple technologies and skills upfront, increasing their efficiency and allowing them to automate application delivery through a self-service while focusing on application development.
With OpenShift, Red Hat Developer Hub, Trusted Software Supply Chain, Advanced Cluster Security (ACS), Advanced Cluster Management (ACM), and Ansible as core building blocks, platform engineers can design and build integrated toolchains and workflows that provide a more seamless and efficient experience for developers.
OpenShift, when combined with Red Hat Developer Hub, provides engineering teams with the tools they need to effectively build and manage an internal developer platform (IDP) and create the project templates, documentation, and workflows needed to build “golden paths.”
Red Hat Developer Hub significantly streamlines the development process, boosting productivity and reducing time-to-market. Using Red Hat Developer Hub, developers can connect to a unified dashboard and access a variety of curated tools, software templates, documentation and other resources to help them build high-quality software efficiently. Additionally, Developer Hub consolidates information and resources developers need to join an existing project, minimizing on-boarding time.
The platform's focus on open-source innovation provides flexibility and avoids vendor lock-in, while Red Hat's reputation for stability, support, and reliability provides peace of mind. Furthermore, the Developer Hub's ability to integrate new tools and services easily via plugins, along with its scalability, makes it a future-proof solution for evolving development needs.
OpenShift provides comprehensive logging, monitoring, and application performance management tools out of the box, so that engineers can proactively manage applications and address intermittent service failures before they escalate. AI-directed troubleshooting with contextual insights helps developer teams catch issues before their customers do, without the alert storms.
One of the main challenges platform engineers face is the heavy manual intervention involved in constantly configuring and maintaining the underlying infrastructure as developers push their code to production. OpenShift alleviates this for each code commit by automating application build and deployment continuously at scale to a declarative, immutable state. This saves on provisioning time, providing a more reliable and more secure application deployment process.
Red Hat helps platform engineers proactively monitor resources, security and compliance across all cloud environments.
OpenShift, built on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, leverages its inherent security features, offering automated security patches, more secure container policies and role-based access controls. Applications are, thus, built and deployed with the necessary security measures in place, providing a more secure software supply chain.
Additionally, Red Hat OpenShift integrates seamlessly with Red Hat's advanced security, compliance, and management solutions, Advanced Cluster Security (ACS) and Advanced Cluster Management (ACM). This integration allows platform engineering teams to centrally scale security and compliance requirements across the organization without burdening application teams.
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