Red Hat CTO Brian Stevens speaking at a recent Red Hat Summit in San Francisco. (Photo: Red Hat)

Red Hat CTO Brian Stevens speaking at a recent Red Hat Summit in San Francisco. (Photo: Red Hat)

It’s All About the App, as Red Hat Drives Containerized Application Delivery

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Red Hat‘s 2014 Summit kicked into high gear Tuesday, with innovations for its Linux Container vision of streamlined application delivery, interoperability announcements with container provider Docker, and broad customer support for its OpenStack-powered product offerings focused on delivering an open hybrid cloud. The event conversation can be followed on Twitter hashtag #RHSummit.

Containerized Application Delivery

Red Hat launched several new Linux Container innovations, to support its vision for streamlined application delivery and orchestration across bare metal systems, virtual machines and private and public clouds via containers and Docker technology. As a new community-driven innovation, Atomic will develop technologies for creating lightweight Linux Container hosts, based on next-generation capabilities in the Linux ecosystem. The tools that result from Project Atomic will allow creation of a new variant of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, set to debut with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7. The Atomic container host provides the essential functionality for running application containers like Docker, while maintaining a small footprint and allowing for atomic updates

GearD is a new OpenShift Origin community project to enable rapid application development, continuous integration, delivery, and deployment of application code to containerized application environments. An expansion of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 high-touch beta program to include Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host and Docker container technologies that will enable select customers to evaluate these new container technologies in enterprise environments. GearD was created to provide Integration between application containers and deployment technologies like Git to allow developers to quickly go from application source code to containerized application stacks deployed onto production systems.

Open source containers help to separate infrastructure services from the application, allowing portability across not only different clouds, but also physical and virtual environments. This means that the container consumes only the needed services and it delivers upon the extreme flexibility promised by the open hybrid cloud. As an increasing number of enterprises embrace DevOps philosophies, Red Hat expects container technologies will play a significant role in how organizations deliver and manage applications. Pairing the Red Hat enterprise Linux platform and an extensive ecosystem of support and services, with an enterprise class, container-specific host will deliver on the comprehensive vision of containerized application delivery for the open hybrid cloud.

“As the cloud enters the computing mainstream and applications, not infrastructure, become the focus of enterprise IT, the operating system takes on greater importance in supporting the application and the infrastructure, without sacrificing the basic requirements of security, stability and manageability,” said Paul Cormier, president, Product and Technologies at Red Hat. “Our newly-announced container offerings, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host, will drive this vision forward, helping enterprises embrace streamlined application delivery through the power of Linux Containers and Docker, and enabling the free movement of applications across cloud, virtual and physical environments, a key tenet of the open hybrid cloud.”

Red Hat and Docker interoperability

Container solution provider Docker and Red Hat announced a deeper relationship that builds on the existing technology collaboration between the companies. As part of the expanded collaboration, Docker and Red Hat will work together on interoperability between Docker’s hosted services and Red Hat certified container hosts and services. Red Hat has worked to extend Docker for inclusion in Red Hat Enterprise Linux, with new production-grade file-system options, integrated systemd process management, and use of SELinux to provide military-grade security. Red Hat has also packaged Docker for Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and launched the Red Hat Container Certification in March 2014.

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John Rath is a veteran IT professional and regular contributor at Data Center Knowledge. He has served many roles in the data center, including support, system administration, web development and facility management.

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