An Easier Way to Adopt Container Technology: As a Service

Rackspace will deliver Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform as a service on Rackspace Private Cloud powered by Red Hat.

Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform brings together Kubernetes and Dockers with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, offering developers and operators tooling that can accelerate development, deployment and scaling of containerized applications.

Even better, Rackspace has joined forces with Red Hat once again to provide support, operations and expertise to help enterprises get the most out of this platform.

Containers, which enable developers to easily move and run software from one computing environment to another, and container management have become an integral part of enterprises larger cloud strategy, helping them to deliver disruptive new capabilities while controlling costs and complexity. Indeed, investment in the technology is skyrocketing: according to 451 Research, the market is expected to reach $2.7 billion by 2020.

Rackspace will deliver Red Hat OpenShift as a service on OpenStack, allowing organizations to easily integrate and adopt these new technologies into their existing infrastructure. Rackspace will operate both technology solutions, handling installation, configuration, patching, monitoring and upgrading. 

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Below are some key features IT teams will appreciate about Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.

Agile application development

Organizations running agile development environments often find that they need platforms like Red Hat OpenShift to get applications deployed and running as quickly as possible. The longer it takes to build, test and deploy applications, the less competitive an organization may be in the market.

OpenShift helps developers and operators to quickly deploy applications across environments and platforms with less risk and rework. As a result, organizations can increase productivity and shorten time to market for new applications, features, functionality and improvements.

Through automation and container technology, Red Hat OpenShift creates consistency across development, test and production environments, across on-premise, private or public infrastructures. Applications can be moved through the development process through each environment while avoiding delays from recoding or troubleshooting, helping to accelerate the application life cycle.

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Choice of development tools

Often, developers make requests to IT for infrastructure in multiple languages, frameworks and configurations. This challenges IT to provide a consistent infrastructure for developers to plug into, meaning they can end up spending a significant amount of time performing non-coding tasks like resource administration and tracking down resources.

Red Hat OpenShift gives developers more flexibility to focus on what they do best. Developers can start working in Red Hat OpenShift using the tools, components and runtimes they’re already familiar with and/or want to use. Developers have the ability to create and manage applications utilizing a rich set of command-line tools, a multi-device web console or Red Hat JBoss Developer Studio.

Open source container technology

Under the hood, Red Hat OpenShift is built with a set of proven and widely adopted open source technologies including Kubernetes and Linux containers.

Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform is the leading enterprise Kubernetes platform, optimized for continuous application development and multi-tenant deployment. Red Hat OpenShift adds additional features like monitoring, networking, and CI/CD to simplify Kubernetes and enable DevOps for developers and operations teams combining enterprise-grade operational system.

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Rackspace and Red Hat have collaborated for more than a decade, and Rackspace employs hundreds of Red Hat Certified Engineers — one reason we were named the 2017 Red Hat Innovator of the Year. We also have more than one billion server hours of experience managing open source clouds at scale. Our experts manage the underlying infrastructure, delivering Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform as-a-service, so organizations can focus on their core business functions.

We also offer infrastructure flexibility — deploy on existing or new hardware on premises, in a Rackspace data center or in third party colocation facilities.

Businesses can also take advantage of OpenStack Private Cloud with pay-per-use infrastructure, delivered by Rackspace and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. The industry’s first pay-as-you-go OpenStack private cloud is available on and off premises, delivered as a managed service. It offers the benefits of a private cloud in your own environment, leaving management complexity to Rackspace, with public cloud-like pricing and instant scalability.

Want to learn more? Rackspace has successfully scaled OpenStack to thousands of nodes and operates private clouds for some of the largest companies in the world, and we’re proud to collaborate with Red Hat. To determine whether private cloud as-a-service might be a good fit for your organization, take advantage of a free strategy session with a private cloud expert — no strings attached. SIGN UP NOW.

Elena Fullman joined Rackspace in 2017 as a product marketing manager for Rackspace OpenStack Private Cloud. She was the co-founder and lead marketer for two big data analytics startups that delivered enterprise and SaaS solutions for predictive marketing, IoT, healthcare and other areas. She started her career in consumer products marketing. Elena is passionate about harnessing innovative big data and analytics tools to optimize the customer marketing experience. Elena holds a BSBA in marketing from Xavier University. She lives in Austin.