Open source solutions provider Red Hat has announced Red Hat OpenShift 4.2 – the latest version of their enterprise Kubernetes platform. The 4.2 release would bring new developer client tooling and local development experiences to OpenShift users, making it “easier to innovate” across hybrid cloud environments.
Red Hat OpenShift 4.2 aims to make cloud-native technologies easier to use and more accessible for developers via capabilities that automate the set-up and management of Kubernetes environments. The latest version of OpenShift would also add ready-to-use developer services that address needs around service mesh, serverless execution and cloud-native continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipelines. These developer services are designed to help fuel developer productivity around Kubernetes-based applications:
- Red Hat OpenShift Service Mesh – based on the Istio, Kiali and Jaeger projects and enhanced via Kubernetes Operators, is designed to simplify the development, deployment and management of microservices-based applications on OpenShift.
- Red Hat OpenShift Serverless – based on Knative and available as a Technology Preview, running applications that can scale down to zero while remaining responsive to user requests and then scaling up on-demand.
- Red Hat OpenShift Pipelines – runs each step of the CI/CD pipeline in its own container, allowing each step to scale independently to meet changing demands (in Developer Preview and available as a Kubernetes Operator).
This release would bring OpenShift closer to developers with Red Hat CodeReady Containers, which enables developers to install a pre-built OpenShift environment on a laptop for local development. This provides a framework that ties together container development tools with a local cluster, making it “easier to build” cloud-native applications locally and, when ready, deploy to a full OpenShift environment.
Transition To Hybrid Cloud
Hybrid deployments using components of on-premise infrastructure and cloud-based services are frequently being pursued by IT decision-makers, says Red Hat. To help ease the transition to the hybrid cloud, Red Hat OpenShift 4.2 is designed to deliver a more consistent, unified experience across disparate IT estates, adding:
- Simplified, automated and faster installations of OpenShift Container Platform – across public clouds, including AWS, Azure and Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and private clouds like OpenStack, backed by a consistent enterprise experience.
- Migration tooling – to help customers upgrade from OpenShift 3 to 4, offering a simpler, faster and more automated way to copy workloads from one OpenShift cluster to another.
- Container Storage Interface (CSI) drivers – providing a more consistent way for third party storage providers to plug into the Kubernetes ecosystem. This release also supports OpenShift Container Storage 4, currently in beta.
To help improve the OpenShift experience across heterogeneous deployments and systems, including those that handle sensitive information, Red Hat OpenShift 4.2 adds installer enhancements across environments, including support for disconnected installs. This would enable customers to more easily deploy the latest version of Red Hat OpenShift in environments that are not accessible via the Internet or those that are connected but maintain strict image testing policies. Red Hat OpenShift 4.2 will be available in the coming weeks and can be tried out at try.openshift.com.
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