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Why choose Red Hat for cloud-native development?

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Red Hat’s solutions helps you support every aspect of cloud-native application development—so you can continuously deliver new features to your customers.

Because every company is now a software company

Modern enterprises now find their markets dominated by digital engagement, where being competitive requires embracing a software-driven business model. Whether your industry is telecom, banking, healthcare—even cattle farming—you are now also a software company. And apps at the center of your business strategy. This software-driven business transformation requires new apps to be developed and delivered faster, for users who have come to expect a higher quality. This is no small task.

Red Hat believes this requires investing in your processes, infrastructure, and architecture to compete in modern, fast-changing markets. We also believe your application development can take full advantage of these necessary investments through cloud-native application development.

Your challenge

You need to take full advantage of the cloud computing model to deliver well-recognized business value. As public, private, and hybrid clouds become increasingly prevalent, cloud-native application development is a means to quickly take advantage of the benefits these modern, dynamic environments make possible.

Ideally, a cloud-native app is a collection of small, independent, and loosely coupled microservices, deployed in Linux containers, and connected through application programming interfaces (APIs) or a mesh network for message routing. Each service implements a business capability, and is developed by small teams using DevOps workflows like continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD). This allows services to be built quickly, deployed automatically, and updated regularly—no more monolithic development cycles.

Through our open source portfolio, including Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® and OpenShift®, we think Red Hat is uniquely positioned to partner with companies who must change to compete in fast-paced, software-driven markets.

Our product ecosystem is designed to support every aspect of cloud-native application development. Red Hat OpenShift fully integrates with:


Open your possibilities: Increasing app dev velocity with Red Hat

The 8 steps to cloud-native

Whether you’re hosting an entire application in the cloud or migrating parts of legacy IT, adding new tools is only one part of cloud-native applications. A comprehensive cloud-native development strategy is about the people, processes, and—yes—the tools that help you compete in fast-changing markets.

How can Red Hat help?

Open source is the Red Hat way. Your company benefits from our development model and the principles that helped build these technologies. This is why Red Hat has been a trusted partner for over 20 years.

You don't have to be a "digital native" to do this

"Digital natives" are the companies who have changed their markets by building from scratch the methodologies, tools, and technologies that are now industry standards. These standards have improved over time, though, meaning traditional enterprises are now positioned to become digital leaders themselves by adopting new platforms and focusing on scale. Now, rather than building your own platform, it's possible to focus on strategic investments and commit to agile software development and delivery capabilities with Red Hat OpenShift. Instead of reinventing well-known strategies, teams can focus on actually building applications that adapt quickly for continuous change and innovation.

Red Hat OpenShift is a platform for building containerized applications that also integrates with storage and middleware, meaning it can take care of your operations and infrastructure. It's based on industry standards like containers and Kubernetes to enable your digital transformation by providing automated app delivery, management, monitoring, and scalability.

Build cloud-native applications with Kubernetes

Watch this webinar series to get expert perspectives on how to build, run, deploy, and modernize applications with an enterprise-grade data platform on Red Hat OpenShift.


What to deliver

Red Hat believes that every organization should become better at developing and delivering software applications to their customers. Whether you're looking to more efficiently utilize your existing legacy applications or build a new microservices architecture, there's a way to optimize your development practices to better serve your customers.

Our experts can help your organization develop the practices, tools, and culture needed to more efficiently modernize existing applications and to build new ones.


Deliver the apps your customers want—no more, no less. Your customers have options, so you must deliver apps that meet their needs in time to be competitive. Deliver more features than they want? You're probably not getting to market fast enough. Deliver less than they want? Lose opportunity and disappoint users. The days of delivering a large number of features and hoping some will catch on has ended—today you must deliver exactly what is needed as quickly as possible.

Get it out there and learn from it. Customer needs and competitive threats change quickly. In response, long-term strategic planning and lengthy product cycles have given way to feedback-driven cycles. This is enabled by real-time testing in production and your software's ability to support rapid changes to products. When you can test new ideas quickly—over and over—it's possible to continuously learn from your users, rather than trying to anticipate all of their needs for one "big bang" release.

Develop quickly without sacrificing quality. It seems like common sense that increasing speed reduces quality. That conventional wisdom still holds for a traditional approach, but cloud-native apps have changed the relationship between speed and quality at scale. Through DevOps methods like continuous delivery, quality testing can be automated at every step of the process, rather than waiting for the infamous "merge day" or "integration hell" that can halt delivery. Continuous testing also enables fast feedback, early, which cuts down on wasted time and effort.

We know these cloud-native goals seem like a lot, but with the right platform and techniques, we've helped others succeed. Changing internal processes is a necessary challenge for staying competitive in modern, fast-paced markets. In order to support these changes, Red Hat believes organizations will need a new platform to enable improvements across your architecture, infrastructure, and processes. The end goal is the ability to deliver higher-quality apps with greater agility.


Your foundation to develop, test, deploy, and maintain cloud-native applications

Red Hat Openshift

A container and Kubernetes platform for faster deployment of cloud-native applications.

Red Hat Runtimes

A selection of runtimes and frameworks well-suited for developing cloud-native apps.


A simple, agentless IT automation technology that can improve your current processes, migrate applications for better optimization, and provide a single language for DevOps practices across your organization.

Red Hat Openstack Platform

A scalable and secure foundation to build and manage an open private or public cloud. Benefit from open source project innovation while maintaining a stable platform for production deployment.

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