Red Hat rolls out solutions to accelerate open hybrid cloud technology

Red Hat rolls out solutions to accelerate open hybrid cloud technology
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29 Apr, 2020

Open source software products firm Red Hat has rolled out hybrid cloud-focused solutions to help organisations of all sizes and industries optimise, scale and protect their information technology (IT) operations.

The new offerings focused on three areas: OpenShift virtualisation, Red Hat OpenShift 4.4 and Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes, according to a statement.

The Raleigh, North Carolina-based firm said the solutions will enable its customers to build any application and deploy everywhere, with the consistency and flexibility an open hybrid cloud foundation provides.

Red Hat OpenShift 4.4 is the latest version of its enterprise Kubernetes platform. This version, rebased on Kubernetes 1.17, introduces a developer-centric view of platform metrics and monitoring for application workloads, it said. It offers monitoring integration for Red Hat Operators and cost management for financial planning associated with specific applications in the hybrid cloud, it added.

The company also introduced the Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes to manage cloud-native applications across large-scale, production and distributed Kubernetes clusters. It said the solution will provide a single, simplified control point to monitor and deploy OpenShift clusters at scale, offering policy-driven governance and application lifecycle management. 

OpenShift virtualisation will be available as a technology preview with Red Hat OpenShift, the company said. It enables organisations to develop, deploy and manage applications consisting of virtual machines alongside containers and serverless, all on a single platform that unifies cloud-native and traditional workloads, it added.

Beyond these new technologies, Red Hat said that it has also taken steps to help organisations make the most of their existing infrastructure. 

This includes enhancements to Red Hat Insights, its security and risk management-as-a-service offering. The solution makes it easier for IT teams to detect, diagnose and remediate potential problems before they impact production systems or end-users, the company said.

“Insights is not an add-on, as it is available across every supported Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscription by default,” the company added.

Additionally, the Red Hat Ansible Automation platform helps users address the complexities of expanding network demand and infrastructure footprints by automating time-consuming manual tasks, and helping IT teams to more effectively meet customer and end-user needs beyond service uptime.

Meanwhile, the company appointed hybrid cloud champion Paul Cormier as president and CEO of the firm earlier this month. He succeeded Jim Whitehurst, who moved on to the role of president at IBM, which acquired Red Hat for $34 billion in 2018.