Three Reasons to Run OpenShift on IBM Cloud

Mike McDonough | Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Three Reasons to Run OpenShift on IBM Cloud

In an article on IBM’s acquisition of Red Hat, Tech Republic speculates that IBM’s $34-billion purchase of Red Hat has the potential to make IBM the center of the open-source universe.

As one of the top container management solutions in the industry, Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform (OCP) significantly improves how customers keep up with technology transformations. Businesses and developers who use these cloud-ready tools experience a more flexible and capable management solution.

Regarding the acquisition, Senior Vice President of the IBM Hybrid Cloud sector Arvind Krishna says:

“With IBM’s recent move to containerize its middleware, [the] landmark partnership between IBM and Red Hat provides customers with more choice and flexibility. Our common vision for hybrid cloud using container architectures allows millions of enterprises — from banks, to airlines, to government organizations — to access leading technology from both companies without having to choose between public and private cloud.”

As an extension of IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service, using the Red Hat OCP enables you to manage your community Kubernetes and OpenShift clusters with the same IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service application programming interface (API), command line interface (CLI) and console, which provides you with a much more manageable user experience.

OpenShift on IBM Cloud is a solution that even beginners can use, and we expect it to contribute to the growth of the digital-first economy around the globe. In this article, we look at the top three benefits of OpenShift on IBM Cloud:

An Increase In Contributions From Devops

OpenShift on IBM Cloud was designed to assist enterprises with the early stages of cloud migration by establishing cloud-agnostic containerized software. It provides your developers with a platform they can use to containerize and deploy large workloads in Kubernetes with a tool ensuring both speed and reliability.

Businesses all around the world using OpenShift have reported that the platform’s simplicity has given their IT staff more free time. While some may see this as an opportunity to save money and reduce the number of employees they need, others have taken it in another direction. With the additional free time, developers are significantly more productive, delivering more applications and major features than ever before. This increases a company’s value, and over time, can make a significant, positive impact on revenue. IDC estimates that organizations will see benefits at an average of $814,500 per 100 developers per year over the course of five years.

OCP offers a number of other benefits, too, including:

  • A convenient, centralized dashboard
  • Access to IBM Cloud services, Red Hat open-source tools and other IBM services such as AI and analytics
  • Consistent monitoring and logging for apps
  • Identity management
  • Flexibility for developers and beginners
  • Secure monitoring and logging capabilities
  • Worldwide availability in single- and multi-zone options
  • Uniform container orchestration across hybrid cloud providers
  • Built-in container image tools
  • Strict app security settings by default
  • Integrated CI/CD with Jenkins

Shorter App-Development Lifecycles

When it comes to beating the competition, long development lifecycles can take a company out of the running. Using OpenShift helps bring apps to market much faster, and fixing new features or bugs can be done without too much trouble. In a world where bad reviews matter, something like this can help a business stay afloat.

Expansion To New Markets

With more free time on their hands, we can expect to see more enterprises expanding to new markets. This will ultimately contribute to the transformation of the digital economy as we start to see more and more innovative developments designed to fill needs we don’t even know we have yet. We can expect to see not only new markets come to life, but also the expansion of existing markets.

OpenShift improves the development and management of apps to the degree that developers find themselves with enough free time on their hands to bring new and exciting ideas to the table. Training and certifications with ExitCertified are another good way to fill that free time. There is no question that the combined efforts used to develop OpenShift on IBM Cloud have the potential to change the world as we know it.

To help you get started, ExitCertified is pleased to offer two online courses at no charge.

Deploying Containerized Applications Technical Overview, a series of on-demand, online videos that introduces you to Linux® containers and container orchestration technology using Docker, Kubernetes, and Red Hat® OpenShift Container Platform.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Technical Overview, a series of on-demand, online videos that provide a technical introduction to Linux® for IT professionals.

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