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Red Hat to roll out new versions of OpenShift and Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes

Red Hat to roll out new versions of OpenShift and Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes
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Enterprise open-source solutions provider Red Hat has announced newer updated versions of Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes.

OpenShift is a cloud-based open-source Platform-as-a-Service (PAAS) solution. It is aimed at developers to build and deploy applications on the cloud. It allows for deployment onto public facing web applications, microservices architectures or backend applications.  

On the other hand, Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management is a console that helps clusters and applications on a single platform. Here cluster refers to a group of servers, desktops, data centers and other resources that act as a single system.

“As edge use cases grow exponentially, consistency is imperative to managing the scale of these distributed workloads and infrastructure,” said Stefanie Chiras, senior vice president, Platforms Business Group, Red Hat.  

The new capabilities will have the general availability of OpenShift for enterprise Kubernetes clusters, which is expected to help developers scale existing development, deployment and management workflows. 

A study by IDC in July this year showed that 50% of enterprise IT infrastructure deployed will sit at Edge sites, instead of on-premise data centers by 2024. During the same period, there is expected to be an 800% rise in the number of applications deployed at the edge.   

The OpenShift version 4.9 and Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management version 2.4 will help improve the flexibility and management capabilities needed to deploy workloads wherever it needs to run.  

Some of the other features announced is edge management at scale, which means that users will have the ability to manage close to 2,000 single node clusters at once. This, Red Hat claimed, could help with scalability in low bandwidth, high-latency connections. Additionally, hub-side policy templating will reduce the number of policies for high scale management, while a zero-touch provisioning feature will help with assisted installation on on-premise systems, helping with the complexities of high scale cluster deployments.  

While OpenShift 4.9 is expected to be generally available later this month, the Advanced Cluster management for Kubernetes will be available in November.