Red Hat releases newest version of OpenShift Container Platform

Red Hat recently unveiled OpenShift Container Platform 3.7, the latest version of its Kubernetes container application platform, which includes native integrations with Amazon Web Services (AWS) Service Brokers.

Modern applications made for digital transformation are dependent on a combination of component and microservices, making consistency across cloud providers difficult. The company said the newest platform is intended to address this challenge by allowing IT companies to connect any application running on OpenShift to a host of services, regardless of where the service runs.

Users of Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.7 will have direct access to AWS services, enabling them to configure and launch these services. Some of the AWS services made available through the platform include Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS), Amazon Relational Database Services (RDS), Amazon Redshift, among others. Features include OpenShift Service Catalog, OpenShift Template Broker, OpenShift Ansible Broker, Red Hat OpenShift Application Runtimes and Red Hat Container-Native Storage 3.6.

“Modern, cloud-native applications are not monolithic stacks with clear-cut needs and resources; to more effectively embrace modern applications, IT organizations need to re-imagine how their developers find, provision and consume critical services and resources across a hybrid architecture,” said Ashesh Badani, vice president and general manager, OpenShift, Red Hat.

“Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.7 addresses these needs head-on by providing hybrid access to services through its service catalog, enabling developers to more easily find and bind necessary services to their business-critical applications–no matter where these services exist–and adding close integration with AWS to further streamline cloud-native development and deployment.”

Red Hat originally announced in May it intended to tighten integration between AWS and Kubernetes, which the company uses for Openshift. Red Hat released OpenShift Container Platform 3.6 in August, which included a new Ansible Service Broker for more complicated workflow automation inside OpenShift. The release of version 3.7 marks the general availability of AWS and Kubernetes on OpenShift.

“We are excited about our collaboration with Red Hat and the general availability of the first AWS Service Brokers in Red Hat OpenShift,” said Matt Yanchyshyn, director, Partner Solution Architecture, AWS. “The ability to seamlessly configure and deploy a range of AWS services from within OpenShift will allow our customers to benefit from AWS’s rapid pace of innovation, both on-premises and in the cloud.”

The announcement follows in the footsteps of the release of Kubernetes 1.8  in early October, marking the third update this year. The release focuses on updating existing features, including security, workload support and extensibility.

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