Red Hat Announces New Offerings to Accelerate Open Hybrid Cloud Technologies

Red Hat | April 28, 2020

Red Hat Announces New Offerings to Accelerate Open Hybrid Cloud Technologies
  • New technologies double down on vision to enable customers to ‘build anything, deploy everywhere,’ from the edge to hybrid and multicloud environments.

  • OpenShift virtualization and Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes break down application barriers and extend control over distributed resources.

  • Latest version of leading enterprise Kubernetes platform delivers enhancements to prime developers and operation teams for cloud-native operations.


Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced new offerings to help organizations of all sizes and industries optimize, scale or simply protect IT operations in the face of shifting global dynamics.

Red Hat has long championed technology evolutions and wants to enable customers to build any application and deploy everywhere with the consistency and flexibility an open hybrid cloud foundation provides. Building on this vision, Red Hat’s new offerings are designed to improve the delivery, accessibility and stability of critical services and applications on a worldwide scale on the backbone of the hybrid cloud.

More than ever before, Red Hat sees a need for IT to evolve to meet rapidly expanding demand for always-on digital services and ever-present connectivity. Nearly every industry, including healthcare, logistics, retail, financial services, government, education and more, is adapting in real-time to meet demand for faster, more widespread access to essential applications and services while maintaining operational stability. In the telecommunications industry, for example, traffic has spiked by more than 50% in some global regions. This surge has led telecommunications and service providers to expand capacity and speed up 5G deployments and edge computing, in turn driving examinations of network and cloud infrastructure readiness.

 

Perhaps more than ever before, the unique needs of every organization are in sharp focus - some need to scale operations immediately to meet relentless services demand while others seek to strengthen and maintain core IT operations. Rather than only provide technologies to address one need or the other, Red Hat provides a flexible, fully open set of solutions to our customers, meeting them where they are with what they need. This could be the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform to drive greater operational stability or the industry’s leading enterprise Kubernetes platform to help rapidly scale services for critical demands, all backed by our expertise, experience and commitment to helping global communities at large, not just our immediate customers.

Paul Cormier, president and CEO, Red Hat.



Red Hat believes that the necessary technologies for meeting these needs are not tied to legacy software stacks or rooted in expensive proprietary technologies. Instead, the answers will be driven by open source innovation, enabling organizations to take advantage of cloud-native platforms everywhere, from the edge and on-premises datacenters to multiple public clouds. With open source technologies like Linux and Kubernetes, organizations not only have access to innovation that can help them build what's next and keep them at the forefront of their industries, but also automate, adapt and scale existing operations across IT environments with greater flexibility than proprietary vendors can provide.

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Traditional and cloud-native applications, unified and managed from the core to the edge. Red Hat’s leadership in open source communities is not for marketing or convenience. In Kubernetes, Red Hat was an early contributor alongside Google and remains the second-leading corporate contributor to Kubernetes. Red Hat is helping to advance the key technologies in Kubernetes and related communities which are enabling this cross-industry IT evolution.

With Red Hat OpenShift, Red Hat pioneered an enterprise Kubernetes platform that has enabled customers to embrace cloud-native approaches while also supporting existing traditional applications. Red Hat OpenShift is trusted by customers across industries because of this differentiated approach. To help further eliminate the barriers between traditional and cloud-native applications, Red Hat is introducing capabilities that enable new workloads on OpenShift and that meet customers where they are.

Today Red Hat announced:

OpenShift virtualization, a new feature available as a Technology Preview within Red Hat OpenShift, derived from the KubeVirt open source project. It enables organizations to develop, deploy and manage applications consisting of virtual machines alongside containers and serverless, all in one modern platform that unifies cloud-native and traditional workloads. While some vendors seek to protect legacy technology stacks by dragging Kubernetes and cloud-native functionality backwards to preserve proprietary virtualization, Red Hat does the opposite: Bringing traditional application stacks forward into a layer of open innovation, enabling customers to truly transform at their speed, not at the whims of proprietary lock-in. Read more about OpenShift virtualization’s new container-native virtualization capabilities.

Read More: Introducing virtio-networking: Combining virtualization and networking for modern IT

About Red Hat, Inc.

Red Hat is the world’s leading provider of enterprise open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to deliver reliable and high-performing Linux, hybrid cloud, container, and Kubernetes technologies. Red Hat helps customers integrate new and existing IT applications, develop cloud-native applications, standardize on our industry-leading operating system, and automate, secure, and manage complex environments. Award-winning support, training, and consulting services make Red Hat a trusted adviser to the Fortune 500. As a strategic partner to cloud providers, system integrators, application vendors, customers, and open source communities, Red Hat can help organizations prepare for the digital future.

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The history of virtualization explained by Aruba Cloud and Microsoft Hyper-V is sometimes mistaken for a Type 2 virtualization solution. This is because unless you are using the stand-alone version, you require an operating system. Without the Hyper-V role installed, the operating system uses a HAL (Hardware Abstraction Layer) to access the hardware. When Hyper-V is installed, the HAL is replaced by a Hypervisor and the operating system and virtual machines access the hardware through the hypervisor. So essentially the hypervisor is a HAL with additional features required for virtual machines.

Spotlight

The history of virtualization explained by Aruba Cloud and Microsoft Hyper-V is sometimes mistaken for a Type 2 virtualization solution. This is because unless you are using the stand-alone version, you require an operating system. Without the Hyper-V role installed, the operating system uses a HAL (Hardware Abstraction Layer) to access the hardware. When Hyper-V is installed, the HAL is replaced by a Hypervisor and the operating system and virtual machines access the hardware through the hypervisor. So essentially the hypervisor is a HAL with additional features required for virtual machines.

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