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OpenShift: Definition, operation and benefits of the platform

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OpenShift: Definition, operation and benefits of the platform

Companies using containers know: Kubernetes are everywhere. But managing these Kubernetes often represents a real challenge. And that's true whether they're organized within a single cluster or around multiple clusters. Red Hat's OpenShift solution is the answer. What does it do? What are its benefits? Find out here.

What is OpenShift?

To transform traditional applications into cloud-native applications, companies need a hybrid cloud-based Kubernetes platform. This is where Red Hat’s OpenShift comes into play. This solution provides developers, data scientists, and data engineers with a set of secure services to easily access their development tools, data analysis tools, or frameworks.

In practical terms, OpenShift allows companies to manage multi-cloud, hybrid cloud, and edge computing deployments. With a single OpenShift cluster, DevOps teams can create, deploy, and run their applications in various environments and IT infrastructure, whether it’s in the public or private cloud, on a virtual machine, on-premises, or at the edge.

The idea is to offer developers the flexibility they need to design applications from anywhere.

It’s an essential solution for companies in any industry. Red Hat has tailored OpenShift to meet the specific needs of organizations by creating various versions, including Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.

How does OpenShift work?

To function, OpenShift is equipped with a multitude of components, namely:

  1. Operating System: OpenShift uses a specific Linux distribution. Often, it’s Red Hat Enterprise Linux CoreOS (RHCOS).

  2. Kubernetes: It is used both as a container and cluster orchestrator. This allows for deploying and managing containerized applications.

  3. Operators: They ensure the overall health of the application, from installation to maintenance.

  4. Container Registry: It contains container images created as software development progresses.

 

What are the advantages of OpenShift?

The OpenShift platform is an ultra-complete solution for traditional and cloud-native applications. It offers multiple advantages to its users.

Flexibility

With OpenShift, developers can deploy and update various types of tools, including AI solutions, data analytics, monitoring, Java applications, databases, and more. This enables developers to work with traditional, modernized, and cloud-native applications.

In addition to supporting diverse workloads, OpenShift empowers DevOps teams to operate in different environments. This flexibility allows businesses to place applications where they make the most sense for their operations. Depending on their needs, they can always enhance and scale their applications from anywhere.

Flexibility

OpenShift is compatible with the entire range of Red Hat tools, such as Ansible Automation Platform and Red Hat Cluster Management for Kubernetes.

Thanks to these solutions, development teams can perform a multitude of tasks both inside and outside Kubernetes clusters.

In addition to Red Hat tools, OpenShift is also compatible with a wide range of partners, including Confluence, SAP, AWS, Azure, IBM, Atlassian, and more.

OpenShift users can therefore create, deploy, manage, and enhance innovative software using a set of open-source technologies.

Automation

OpenShift provides a full stack of automation operations, including command-line integration tools, service mesh, serverless monitoring and logging functions, and more. It also supports a wide range of programming languages.

By automating all these processes, teams save time on repetitive tasks and improve their productivity. This allows them to focus more on application development rather than updates and backups.

Innovation

By combining edge computing, Kubernetes, and containerized applications, OpenShift transforms data into tools of innovation. It places intelligent applications close to data sources through a central platform, enabling faster data aggregation and analysis.

As a result, companies enhance their products, offer new services, and reduce costs.

Security

OpenShift enables developers to integrate security concerns right from the software design phase. Thanks to other Red Hat tools, it’s possible to secure the container platform and automate DevSecOps operations.

Organizations can thus prevent cyber intrusions and data leaks.

Who uses OpenShift?

Mainly used to build application and development environments, OpenShift serves large enterprises or organizations involved in complex, long-term projects.

At the national level, examples include governments or research institutes. However, it’s mainly international organizations that use this platform, such as banks or insurance companies.

In any case, these are organizations that benefit from hybrid cloud deployments to avoid being limited by private or public clouds.

How to master Red Hat's OpenShift services?

Indispensable for many large organizations, IT specialists looking to excel in these environments must master all the secrets of the Kubernetes OpenShift platform. Fortunately, through our training courses, you will learn all the tools necessary for any developer.

Feel free to take a look at our various Data Science training programs.

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