Openshift and its use cases …
The term automation has reduced the workload of the technical team to a greater extent. For the same, the need of learning certain tools required in this stream has leveled up. Today we are going to get an overview of one such high-demanding, often heard ‘Openshift’.
OpenShift originally came from Red Hat’s acquisition of Makara— a company with a proprietary PaaS solution based on Linux containers. Even though OpenShift was announced in May 2011, it was proprietary technology and did not become open-source until May 2012. It is written in Go, Angular.js
The main question still remains that what it is all about. Let’s get into that.
What is Openshift?
As the name suggests OpenShift is Redhat Enterprise’s open-source container application platform for hosting and developing enterprise-grade applications.
The cloud provides three basic cloud computing models IAAS: Infrastructure As A Service, PAAS: Platform As A service, and SAAS: Software As A Service. OpenShift is Redhat’s Platform as a service offering.
Once deployed OpenShift takes care of the underlying infrastructure components. And if you are a developer the only good thing you want to do is code. Obviously !! And if you are in the operation team you get a complete see-through of how your enterprise product is working and taken care of as well.
The flavors enrich the taste of everything and anything. It provides whole new options to choose from. Likewise, the Openshift service has also come up with reliable flavors to supplement the technical team.
OpenShift Original: This is the original upstream opensift project from where all other models have been derived.
Online: The openshift online is RedHats’s publicly hosted version of openshift origin available for deploying and hosting purposes.
Dedicated: Openshift dedicated is the managed private cluster on the cloud platform such as AWS and Google.
Enterprise: It is the on-premise private cloud offering of openshift.
Openshift Origin is the main upstream we will look a little more. It is based on the top of Docker and Kubernetes cluster manager added to which is some centric tools that enable rapid application development. Here giving a sneak-peak of the term “ Docker” and “ Kubernetes”.
Docker is a containerization tool helping to build images that can further be used in any environment. Kubernetes is a tool to manages these containers launched by docker. Openshift further manages Kubernetes behind the scene and provides extra tools to integrate the entire structure with.
OpenShift builds upon these technologies by providing a layer of tool that abstracts the underlying Kubernetes and infrastructure management tasks to help developers easily deploy and manage their applications.
Growth Of Openshift:
The importance of the tool is highlighted by the “numbers”. The studies have data on 6,448 companies that use Red Hat OpenShift. The companies using Red Hat OpenShift are most often found in the United States and in the Computer Software industry. Red Hat OpenShift is most often used by companies with 50–200 employees and 1M-10M dollars in revenue.
Case Study: FORD and Openshift
Ford Motor Company seeks to provide mobility solutions at accessible prices to its customers, including dealerships and parts distributors who sell to a variety of retail and commercial consumers.
To speed delivery and simplify maintenance, the company sought to create a container-based application platform to modernize its legacy stateful applications and optimize its hardware use.
With this platform, based on Red Hat OpenShift and supported by Red Hat and Sysdig technology, Ford has improved developer productivity, enhanced its security and compliance approach, and optimized its hardware use to improve operating costs. Now, the company can focus on exploring new ways to innovate, from big data to machine learning and artificial intelligence.
- Improved productivity with the standardized development environment and self-service provisioning
- Enhanced security with enterprise technology from Red Hat and continuous monitoring provided by Sysdig
- Significantly reduced hardware costs by running OpenShift on bare metal
Significantly increased developer productivity
Using OpenShift Container Platform, Ford has accelerated time to market by centralizing and standardizing its application development environment and compliance analysis for a consistent multi-cloud experience. For example, OpenShift’s automation capabilities help Ford deploy new clusters more rapidly.
Enhanced security and compliance with enterprise container and monitoring technology
OpenShift provides a unified management interface across Ford’s entire infrastructure, as well as built-in Security-Enhanced Linux (SELinux) capabilities. Sysdig Secure and Sysdig Monitor help Ford enhance this protection with improved, data-based insight into container infrastructure to run OpenShift in a compliant way.
For its success using OpenShift for modern automotive development and using digital technology to serve customers, Ford was recognized with a 2020 Red Hat Innovation Award
From expert’s corner
“Kubernetes and OpenShift have really forced us to think differently about our problems because we can’t solve new business challenges with traditional approaches… We’re now well-situated for future success.” Satish Puranam
Technical Specialist, Cloud Platforms, Ford Motor Company