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Red Hat named a Leader in the 2023 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™

Red Hat was positioned highest for ability to execute and furthest for completeness of vision in the Gartner 2023 Magic Quadrant for Container Management.

Red Hat’s solutions help you break down your monolithic applications into microservices, manage them, orchestrate them, and handle the data they create. This helps your teams deliver quality software, faster. As you create new business apps, you’re able to do it with the future in mind, building easily scalable and agile cloud-native apps—and integrating them with the rest of your business—from the beginning.

Because embracing new technology isn’t always easy

The result is a microservices-based solution that supports the end-to-end deployment of code, and encourages communication and collaboration between development and delivery teams. There’s no need to totally overhaul your existing systems to get meaningful benefits. Through open source, open standards, and years of experience, we can help you find a microservices-based solution that fits your organization.

If you're reading this, you’re probably invested in faster development cycles using Agile principles. Microservices build off these principles to speed up deployment times. By breaking up the application into smaller units, built by smaller teams with independent workflows, governance, and deployment models, you can get applications and their updates to market faster than traditional, monolithic applications.

Microservices architectures rely on DevOps practices, automation, CI/CD (continuous integration and delivery), and API—focused designs. They should also be organized around business capabilities and part of a larger decentralized governance and data management solution. We think microservices are pretty great, but they need good management and orchestration solutions. For instance, as a microservices architecture gets more complex, a service mesh layer can be implemented for discovery, load balancing, service-to-service authentication, failure recovery, metrics, and monitoring.

Don’t adopt a microservices approach just because it’s trendy. Make sure you have a plan that includes clear and measurable objectives specific to your organization. We’ve listed some of the challenges you might face when adopting a microservices architecture, but you know your teams, and what you need, best.

The good news is that we can help, no matter where you are in this process. Have questions? Our experts can help your organization develop the practices, tools, and culture needed to more efficiently modernize existing applications and to build new ones.

We’ve argued for taking incremental steps towards microservices. Just focusing on code isn’t going to get you as far as building an approach to microservices that includes developing cloud capability, deploying applications to your cloud, automating your delivery pipeline, giving your delivery teams full end-to-end responsibility, and breaking up those teams (and their code) into smaller units. No matter where you’re at in your adoption of microservices, our solutions are tested, effective, and community driven.

Get started with Red Hat OpenShift

A hybrid cloud, enterprise Kubernetes platform designed to help IT development and operations teams work together to deliver and manage microservices based applications.

Red Hat Runtimes

Provisioning more and more servers is time consuming. Making the time to regularly update environments and configure additional servers for new software is a task most developers dread. It’s unrewarding and tedious. Red Hat Runtimes streamlines the orchestration process so that you can, well, do whatever you actually wanted to be doing.

Red Hat Runtimes are prebuilt, containerized runtime foundations for microservices. They work with a wide range of languages and frameworks to provide high-performance foundations for microservices design. Additionally, the platform includes native support for five runtimes: Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (EAP), Thorntail (running Eclipse MicroProfile), Spring Boot / Cloud, Eclipse Vert.x, and Node.js.

Red Hat OpenShift

Red Hat OpenShift is a hybrid cloud, enterprise Kubernetes platform. It is designed to help IT development and operations teams work together to deliver and manage microservices-based applications. It supports containerized, legacy, and cloud-native applications, as well as those being refactored into microservices.

You can use the OpenShift Service Catalog to make provisioning new services significantly easier—just select the service in the catalog and a series of simple dialogs will help get you set up and configured. The catalog is designed to make it easier to provision private services for your organization (or from public clouds like Amazon Web Services) so that you can use them in your microservices-based application. Operations teams have a single view into populating and administering the Service Catalog, so that development teams can easily help themselves and incorporate these services with a series of simple dialogs or commands.

OpenShift integrates with Red Hat Application Services and can be used with existing automation tools like Git, Maven, and Jenkins. It also incorporates an enterprise-grade Linux operating system, for greater security across your entire cluster. Whether you’re optimizing legacy applications, migrating to the cloud, or building totally new, microservices-based solutions, Red Hat Openshift provides those applications with a more secure and stable platform across your infrastructure.

Red Hat Integration

Red Hat Integration is a comprehensive set of integration and messaging technologies to connect applications and data across hybrid infrastructures. It is an agile, distributed, containerized, and API-centric solution. It provides service composition and orchestration, application connectivity and data transformation, real-time message streaming, and API management—all combined with a cloud-native platform and toolchain to support the full spectrum of modern application development.

Developers can use tooling like drag-and-drop services and built-in integration patterns to build microservices, while business users can use web-based tooling to develop APIs that can integrate different microservices.

When you move from monoliths to microservices, you need a well-defined API strategy. Red Hat Integration allows you to use self-managed components that provide traffic control for the APIs—enhancing security and access policy enforcement.

Get started with Red Hat Integration

Streamline integration development with a comprehensive set of integration and messaging technologies.

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A service mesh is an infrastructure layer built into an app which documents how services interact making it easier to optimize communication and avoid downtime.

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