In the previous post, we discussed the evolution of Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) as more organizations move application development to the cloud. Instead of purchasing and maintaining onsite infrastructure, users access a hosted PaaS platform that provides the tools and services needed for application development and hosting.
PaaS solutions typically use containers to abstract applications and all of their requirements from system resources and operating systems so applications can run on any OS in any computing environment.
While adoption of PaaS and containers is on the rise, many organizations are having trouble managing large container ecosystems. Without the right tools and efficient processes for managing containers, it can be difficult if not impossible to take full advantage of the many benefits that container technology is capable of delivering. Given the benefits of PaaS in automating infrastructure-related tasks for developers, it makes sense to evolve PaaS solutions to better support containerization.
Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.3 represents the new breed of open-source PaaS solutions. OpenShift provides new developer features, deployment scalability and enhanced security for containerized development environments.
Enhancements found in Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.3 include:
Improved Developer Productivity and Agility. Developers are under pressure to deliver better applications and updates more quickly. Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.3 uses continuous delivery pipelines based on the Jenkins Pipeline project to add new automation capabilities to the application development lifecycle. Developers have a unified view of application pipelines through an aggregated developer dashboard. The new Red Hat platform’s integrated routing and software-defined networking features improve A/B testing automation by providing developers with granular control of application routing configurations.
Large-Scale Deployments. Organizations that use the cloud expect more scalability and flexibility. Red Hat OpenShift Platform 3.3 supports up to 1,000 nodes per computing cluster so larger deployments can support both new and legacy applications in hybrid cloud environments. As a result, organizations can maximize existing application investments while still taking advantage of modern, innovative features. Inherent Kubernetes container orchestration, monitoring and management capabilities reduce the risk of resource depletion and unplanned downtime.
Robust Security. Red Hat OpenShift Platform 3.3 uses the highly secure Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform, with support that spans the Linux operating system, the container platform and integrated application services. Security features extend to the Docker container runtime to provide multitenant security. Security features are also included in OpenShift’s integrated container registry, allowing admins to manage Docker container images and control access and image updates. Registry enhancements, integrated Kubernetes access controls, and integrated container execution policies contribute to a more secure environment.
Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.3 personifies the evolution of container-based PaaS solutions, providing organizations with a secure, enterprise-grade platform that can be used throughout the application lifecycle. Let Technologent show you how the new OpenShift solution satisfies the needs of both developers and operations teams so better applications can be rolled out faster.
October 24, 2016