What are Linux containers?
Linux containers are technologies that allow you to package and isolate applications with their entire runtime environment—all of the files necessary to run. This makes it easy to move the contained application between environments (dev, test, production, etc.) while retaining full functionality.
Linux containers help reduce conflicts between your development and operations teams by separating areas of responsibility. Developers can focus on their apps and operations can focus on the infrastructure. And, because Linux containers are based on open source technology, you get the latest and greatest advancement as soon as they’re available. Container technologies—including CRI-O, Kubernetes, and Docker—help your team simplify, speed up, and orchestrate application development and deployment.
What can you do with containers?
You can deploy containers for a number of workloads and use cases–big to small. Containers give your team the underlying technology needed for a modern approach to software development, such as DevOps and CI/CD (continuous integration and continuous deployment).
When your business needs the ultimate portability across multiple environments, using containers might be the easiest decision, ever.
Why choose Red Hat?
Red Hat® does a lot of work, with the greater open source community, on container technologies. Our engineers help improve features, reliability, and security to make sure your containers perform and remain stable and secure. Red Hat's also the second largest contributor to the Docker and Kubernetes codebases and works with the Open Container Initiative and the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. As with all open source projects, Red Hat contributes code and improvements back to the upstream codebase—sharing advancements along the way.
Red Hat’s container-focused solutions give you the infrastructure, platform, and control to take advantage of everything containers have to offer.
Keep exploring containers
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Dynamically provisioned persistent volumes for container-native storage
Securing containers before they take over the world
Duke University chooses containers
Amadeus adds private cloud-based application platform
Worried about Linux container security?
Nothing is secure by default. Security takes work. You need defense in depth. Red Hat delivers multiple layers of security controls throughout your applications, infrastructure, and processes to help you minimize security risks.
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