Why choose Red Hat for containers?

Success comes from using innovation to quickly and effectively help your customers. Oh, you also have to do this faster than your competition. With containers, you can speed up application delivery to meet demand and exceed expectations. Red Hat’s container solutions give you everything you need to implement containers in your enterprise—throughout the stack. Through open source, open standards, and years of experience, Red Hat is your best partner in all things containers.

You have challenges

Technology leaders must optimize three fundamental resources: budget, talent, and the ability to absorb change.

When selecting and implementing new technology like containers, it’s important to find a partner that understands how to participate in (and innovate within) open source communities. Your partner should also know how to bring those technologies to your business in an accessible and supportable way. The best way to accelerate innovation is by partnering with a company that bases their products and services on community-motivated, open source projects and open standards. It’s also important to have a partner that you can trust which will never lock you in.

That technology partner is Red Hat.

Trust matters

Red Hat can help at all levels of the stack. Whether it’s the host operating system that runs the containers, verified container images that you build your apps on, or orchestration platform and management tools you need to manage your production environment, Red Hat has a solution you can trust.

Red Hat provides a fully integrated platform to implement Linux containers in your organization, whether it’s a few “pet” containers running among standard workloads, or a set of fully orchestrated multicontainer apps.



At the host level, you have Red Hat Enterprise Linux, the most trusted and certified Linux operating system available. For organizations that want to focus only on the application, we offer container-optimized Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host. With this, you can develop new solutions and enable distributed systems/clusters through immutability and limiting what an administrator can do. Red Hat Enterprise Linux is flexible and can be tuned for any application or use case.

Inside the container

Running Red Hat Enterprise Linux inside your containers means that you can trust that your current apps—deployed on Red Hat Enterprise Linux—will work the same inside those containers. If you’re building your own apps, you get the same level of support and reliable updates for Red Hat Enterprise Linux that you’ve always depended on. It also means your application is portable. Wherever you can run Red Hat Enterprise Linux, your new containerized apps can run there, too. Develop internally. Deploy to the cloud. Easily.


Containers can eat up storage–lots of storage. But there’s an inherent problem with container storage: if a container fails, resident stateful apps in those containers lose their data. Not good. Red Hat Gluster Storage is integrated with Red Hat OpenShift to provision and manage elastic storage for your containerized apps. This eliminates the need for an independent storage cluster and the expense of traditional, monolithic storage solutions.

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

Red Hat OpenStack Platform brings together bare metal, virtual machines, and your containers into a unified system. This lets you to fully integrate container technologies and containerized apps into your overall infrastructure. So you’ll benefit from having automation everywhere as well as self-service and quota-based access to resources across the stack.


Container platform

Red Hat OpenShift is a complete container application platform that natively integrates technologies like docker and Kubernetes and combines that with an enterprise foundation in Red Hat Enterprise Linux. And it’s available as a private or public, managed or unmanaged cloud. Additionally, the power of Red Hat OpenShift comes from its ability to run and support both stateful and stateless apps, which lets you use containers without needing to completely rearchitect your apps.

All-in-one solution

Sometimes it’s easier to get everything you need at once. That’s where Red Hat Cloud Suite comes in. Red Hat Cloud Suite is a fully open source solution that combines a container-based app development platform, private cloud infrastructure, public cloud interoperability, and a common management framework. Red Hat Cloud Suite modernizes your infrastructure so developers can build services and deliver them to customers and your organization fast, and so IT can retain control and manage the environment from one place.

Red Hat Cloud Suite includes:


Hybrid cloud control

Success relies on choice and flexibility. One size doesn’t fit all, so when it comes to your infrastructure, having just a single choice doesn’t make much sense. Containers add to those choices—alongside public clouds, private clouds, and traditional infrastructure. Red Hat CloudForms lets you manage this hybrid cloud and your containers in an easily scalable and understandable way. With CloudForms, you can integrate container management systems, like Kubernetes and Red Hat OpenShift, with your Red Hat Virtualization and VMware environments.

Container automation

Creating and managing containers can be very time-intensive and monotonous. Ansible Tower by Red Hat automates these tasks and gets rid of the broken, old way of doing things through shell scripts and manual intervention. Ansible playbooks allow you to automate the entire container life cycle, including build, deployment, and management. With the monotony handled, you can solve new business problems.

Open innovation with Red Hat

Containers and most of the technology available in the market to deploy and manage them is released as open source software. Container technology like docker, Kubernetes, and Red Hat’s products are all open source. This means more people developing problem-solving software—openly, transparently, and freely. But being open source doesn't guarantee innovation.

Real innovation comes from the exchange of ideas and working together to solve problems. That's what community-powered open source provides. And that’s where Red Hat comes in. This is the approach that Red Hat has always had with open source. Our solutions help you build modern container infrastructure using the latest technologies.

Red Hat can help you:

  • Quickly create container-based applications.
  • Easily extend your traditional and cloud-native infrastructure to run containers.
  • Automate provisioning, management, and scaling.
  • Seamlessly connect applications, data, and processes using container-based services.
  • Ensure your containers and applications are certified and safe to consume.
  • Manage containers consistently across physical, virtual, private and public cloud environments.

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