Red Hat Device Edge

Red Hat® Device Edge provides operational consistency across workloads and devices, no matter where they are deployed.

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What is Red Hat Device Edge?

Devices at the far edge need a different approach. Edge devices such as assembly line tools, IoT gateways, points of sale, and industrial controllers have to operate with limited computing resources, power, cooling, and connectivity. They can also be hard to access, or in settings with little or no on-site technical expertise.

Red Hat Device Edge is a flexible platform that consistently supports different workloads across small, resource-constrained devices at the farthest edge. 

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What’s included?

Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Generate edge-optimized OS images to handle a variety of use cases and workloads with Red Hat’s secure and stable operating system. Leverage management services, intelligent device updates, and zero-touch provisioning for visibility and control over field-deployed edge devices.


MicroShift is a lightweight Kubernetes container orchestration solution built from the edge capabilities of Red Hat OpenShift®. MicroShift uses a consistent Kubernetes API to extend operational consistency for hybrid cloud deployments, all the way to the edge

Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform 

With tools for both day 1 device deployments and ongoing platform and workload operations, Red Hat Ansible® Automation Platform helps you quickly scale device and application life cycle management. 

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Use case based deployment

Deploy and manage virtual or containerized workloads on resource-constrained edge devices, orchestrated with or without Kubernetes, on the same edge-optimized operating system, with operations consistency from core to cloud to edge.

Lightweight Kubernetes

Use container orchestration through MicroShift, an open source project built with the edge capabilities of Red Hat OpenShift, optimized for resource constrained devices in remote or disconnected areas.

Edge-optimized OS capabilities

Automated device onboarding, customizable image generation, over-the-air updates, and intelligent rollbacks provided by Red Hat Enterprise Linux minimize the need for on-site expertise.

Consistent Kubernetes API

Deploy and manage virtual or containerized workloads on resource-constrained edge devices, orchestrated with or without Kubernetes, on the same edge-optimized operating system, with operations consistency from core to cloud to edge.

Lifecycle management

Integrations with Red Hat Satellite and Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform make it possible to manage thousands of distributed nodes.

GitOps for consistency

Use Git code repositories to deploy a consistent platform image across potentially tens of thousands devices.


Deploy only what you need

The flexibility to meet the needs of different use cases on devices with limited hardware resources, at various locations, running multiple types of workloads.

Use one platform for your workload journey

Start with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, then add Kubernetes, or deploy both. Red Hat Device Edge provides the flexibility to meet evolving use cases.

Ensure operational consistency

Use the same tools and processes across your edge and hybrid cloud deployments so that your teams can focus on driving innovation as the architecture scales.

Automation at scale

Automate your device connectivity requirements, patches, bug fixes, updates, and more, all through a single user interface. 

Buying options

Red Hat Device Edge is available at 2 subscription levels. 

Red Hat Device Edge (recommended)

Our standard offering, featuring Red Hat Enterprise Linux as the edge-optimized OS, MicroShift for lightweight Kubernetes container orchestration, and Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform for initial device deployments and ongoing management through automation at scale. 

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 

  • MicroShift

  • Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform 

Red Hat Device Edge Essentials

For users with an existing Ansible Automation Platform subscription, or who plan to use a different management solution, this tier includes edge-optimized Red Hat Enterprise Linux and lightweight Kubernetes with MicroShift.

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 

  • MicroShift

Use cases

Workloads and infrastructure

Support a mix of workloads and infrastructure

Provide business value quickly and consistently through support for bare metal, virtualized, or containerized applications in locations with limited space or environments in motion (like trains and airplanes).

Data insights

Leverage data insights

Collect and analyze data from devices in locations with disconnected or intermittent network connectivity, taking advantage of analytics at the collection point. Make your business more responsive to changing conditions in the field and more attuned to the issues affecting your customers.  

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Management at scale

Consistent management at scale

Manage thousands of edge devices with services that help scale, monitor, remediate security issues, and deploy large fleets from a single interface. Management capabilities include intelligent device updates, zero-touch provisioning and quick security remediations. . 

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Keep reading


Deploy workloads in resource-constrained devices at the far edge

Red Hat® Device Edge comes equipped with the capabilities needed to deploy and manage edge devices and their workloads at scale. 

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