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Red Hat moved its open source container strategy forward this week with the release of OpenShift 3.1 and a public preview of Red Hat Atomic Enterprise Platform. The company says the offerings will help drive adoption of Docker-compatible containers in the enterprise.
OpenShift is Red Hat's platform-as-a-service offering, which lets developers deploy managed applications in public and private clouds. Atomic Enterprise is the company's enterprise-class container offering, designed to help businesses create and manage containerized apps based on the Docker format.
The new version of OpenShift delivers several new features. Most of them center on enhanced management features for containers, including new interfaces for controlling services and support for creating an integrated virtualization environment that extends "across traditional VM based infrastructure and private and public clouds," according to Red Hat.
OpenShift 3.1 also adds new logging, metrics and visualization features to the platform.
Meanwhile, the public preview of Atomic Enterprise Platform offers general access for the first time to the company's packaging, orchestration, security and standardization features for containers based on the Docker format. The security extensions have been an especially important part of Red Hat's pitch in the container space as it angles to create a unique offering in this growing market.
Users can run Atomic Enterprise Platform on top of Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host, a minimal version of Red Hat's Linux-based operating system, or the standard Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform.
Like other companies investing in the container space, Red Hat is playing up the ability of containers to transform enterprise computing. "The possibilities posed by Linux containers, particularly at scale, have the potential to reinvent the entire landscape of enterprise IT, from how we build and consume applications to how we distribute and deliver resources and services," Ashesh Badani, vice president and general manager, OpenShift, Red Hat, said in announcing the OpenShift 3.1 and Atomic Enterprise Platform releases.