Red Hat, a global supplier of open-source solutions, has released version 2.3 of its Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes. The latest version of Red Hat’s Kubernetes management product is designed to give enterprises more control over how they can manage and scale hybrid cloud and multicloud systems in a consistent and automated manner.

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With the combination of Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform and Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management, IT teams can now accelerate the management, security, and automation of their hybrid clouds for a more contemporary, hybrid cloud-ready infrastructure.

“Cloud-native applications and services are not an island,” said Dave Lindquist, general manager and vice president, Software Engineering, Advanced Kubernetes Management, Red Hat. “We need to meet organizations where they are to bridge the divide between traditional IT infrastructure and cloud-native development, so that IT teams can focus on innovation rather than trying to get disparate technologies to work together. Red Hat is uniquely positioned to bring these capabilities together through a GitOps-based approach, helping to accelerate and scale modernization. Now, customers can automate the full stack from start to finish, from the cluster to the policy and governance to the application deployment, helping to eliminate silos and further organization-wide hybrid cloud strategies.”

Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes 2.3 will be generally available in the coming weeks.

Red Hat OpenShift Deployments

Quite some organizations seem to be looking to combine networking, storage, and security systems – as cloud technologies are deployed alongside traditional infrastructure to reduce the rising management complexity that comes with different tools, workflows, and strategies for IT staff.

Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management would enable organizations to get the most out of their Red Hat OpenShift deployments by extending and scaling clusters with management capabilities like provisioning on managed clusters, on-premises, bare metal, or in public clouds, regardless of IT environment mix.

Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management can automatically trigger Ansible Playbooks before or after key lifecycle actions like application and cluster creation, making it easier to automate tasks like configuring networking, connecting applications to databases, constructing load balancers and firewalls, and updating VMs in containerized environments.

Advanced Cluster Management can call on Ansible Automation Platform to execute tasks more efficiently outside of the Kubernetes cluster with a Resource Operator for Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management, which builds on the Kubernetes Operator-based foundation of Red Hat OpenShift to encapsulate complex operational knowledge into code. Clients may now operationalize Red Hat OpenShift installations alongside traditional IT systems using a single, automated procedure.

With the Ansible Automation Platform reaching 7 million active Ansible nodes and growing capabilities with Red Hat Insights for Ansible Automation Platform, the opportunity to increase automation’s power to new business sectors has expanded as well, according to Red Hat. This would aid organizations in better preparing for the open hybrid cloud era, in which public cloud services, private cloud infrastructure, and conventional IT footprints all work together to achieve changing business objectives.

AWS, IBM, Azure

Photo Dave Lindquist, General Manager and VP, Software Engineering, Advanced Kubernetes Management, Red Hat
“Now, customers can automate the full stack from the cluster to the policy and governance to the application deployment, helping to eliminate silos and further organization-wide hybrid cloud strategies,” said Dave Lindquist, General Manager and VP, Software Engineering, Advanced Kubernetes Management, Red Hat.

Red Hat Advanced Cluster Administration 2.3 now supports importing managed Kubernetes clusters for Red Hat OpenShift on AWS (ROSA), as well as OpenShift clusters on IBM Power Systems, enabling companies wanting to decrease management complexity while still reaping the advantages of enterprise Kubernetes. This builds on Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Cloud (ROKS), Microsoft Azure Red Hat OpenShift (ARO), Red Hat OpenShift Dedicated (OSD), and IBM System Z supported managed Kubernetes clusters. It also allows Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management to provision on-premises Red Hat OpenShift clusters on Red Hat OpenStack.

According to Red Hat, clients may also manage clusters more effectively by identifying and importing clusters via cloud.redhat.com, which would aid in the management of sophisticated features and eliminates the tedious work of importing clusters one at a time. Clients may plan clusters that aren’t in use to go into hibernation mode to save resources and better control cloud expenses using cluster hibernation.

Teams can also gain actionable intelligence on their cluster health for their Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management managed fleet with the integration of Red Hat Insights for Red Hat OpenShift, and take proactive and remediation actions based on the analytics provided by Red Hat OpenShift-based telemetry.

“IT automation and configuration management tools are being seen by IT executives as a way to embed the competitive advantages of speed and quality; as such, investments continue to address traditional IT environments and modern application architectures,” said Tim Grieser, research vice president, Enterprise System Management Software, IDC. “The reality is that both environments are critical to business success. The automation of technology processes and the orchestration of multiple processes are critical and increasingly required to enable scale for I&O teams as software delivery cycles increase.”

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