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Red Hat's latest container application platform offers dynamic storage provisioning

Red Hat, Inc. has announced the general availability of Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.4, the latest version of its container application platform.

Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.4 offers dynamic storage provisioning for both traditional and cloud-native applications and multi-tenant capabilities that can support multiple applications, teams and deployment processes in a hybrid cloud environment.

As a contributor to both the docker and Kubernetes projects, the latest version of Red Hat’s container application platform provides an enterprise-ready version of Kubernetes 1.4 and the docker container runtime. This helps customers to more quickly roll out new services with the backing of a stable, reliable and more secure enterprise platform powered by the latest version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform.

Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.4 integrates the architectures, processes and services to enable delivery of critical business applications, from traditional and legacy applications to cloud-native and containerized workloads.

New capabilities in the latest version include:

  • Next-level container storage with support for dynamic storage provisioning, allowing multiple storage types to be provisioned, and multi-tier storage exposure via quality-of-service labels in Kubernetes.

Container-native storage, enabled by Red Hat Gluster Storage, which now supports dynamic provisioning and push button deployment, enhances the user experience running stateful and stateless applications on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform. It makes the consumption and provisioning of application storage easier for developers to use.

With Red Hat Gluster Storage, OpenShift customers get the added benefit of a software-defined, highly available and scalable storage solution that works across on-premises and public cloud environments and one that can be more cost efficient than traditional hardware-based or cloud-only storage services.

  • Enhanced multi-tenancy through more simplified management of projects, a feature powered by Kubernetes namespaces, in a single Kubernetes cluster. Multiple developer teams, applications and lifecycle environments can run fully isolated and share resources on a single Kubernetes cluster in OpenShift Container Platform.

Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.4 adds the capacity to search for projects, project details, manage project membership and more via a more streamlined web console, making it easier for users to work with multiple projects across dispersed teams. These multi-tenancy capabilities enable enterprise IT organizations to provide application development teams with their own cloud-like application environment to build and deploy customer-facing or internal applications using DevOps processes that are isolated from one another.

  • New hybrid cloud reference architectures for running Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform on OpenStack, VMware, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Engine and Microsoft Azure. These guides help walk a user through deploying a stable, fault-tolerant, production-grade environment that uses the power of Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform across public and private clouds, virtual machines and bare metal.

Forming the orchestration backbone of Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.4 is Kubernetes 1.4, which is maintained by the open source Kubernetes Project community.

Kubernetes 1.4 features alpha support for expanded cluster federation APIs, a feature that can enable multiple clusters federated across a hybrid environment and a capability that Red Hat views as a key component to enabling hybrid cloud deployments in the enterprise. As with all of Red Hat’s enterprise-ready Linux container solutions, the latest version of OpenShift offers community innovation as hardened, production-grade features.

Beyond the software, Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.4 is also backed by Red Hat’s award-winning global support, helping enterprises to take advantage of the innovation offered by Kubernetes while knowing that the technology is supported by on-call technical expertise.