Cloud-native applications

Why choose Red Hat for cloud-native development?

Because every company is now a software company

We know modern companies now find their markets dominated by digital engagement, where being competitive means embracing software-driven business models. Whether your industry is telecom, banking, healthcare—even cattle farming—you are now also a software company, with applications at the center of 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 it will require 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.

Cloud-native application development

Cloud-native application development is an approach to building and running applications that fully utilizes the advantages of the cloud computing model. public, private, and hybrid clouds are increasingly prevalent, and cloud-native application development is a means to quickly deliver the business value 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 messaging. 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.

But it's not just us who think so. Among other cloud-native development partners, Forrester says Red Hat "leads the pack with excellent user experience and integration capabilities." Our product ecosystem is designed to support every aspect of cloud-native application development. Our OpenShift container platform fully integrates with:

How can Red Hat help?

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.

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.

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.

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