Containers, IoT and Hybrid Cloud Top Red Hat Summit Announcements
Containers and IoT announcements topped the headlines from this week’s Red Hat Summit in San Francisco, which wrapped up Thursday. Here’s a look at the news highlights that Red Hat and its partners unveiled during the event.
Red Hat is the largest company specializing in open source software and support services. It reached the $2B revenue mark earlier this year and remains a huge force in the world of open source and Linux-based cloud computing.
This week’s Summit provided a lot of insight regarding where Red Hat is heading next. Major announcements centered on the following topics…
Containers, Containers, Containers
This event could almost have been called the Red Hat Container Summit, since products and services related to containers accounted for so many of the announcements issued at the event. The most significant news in this area included:
- Red Hat is building a solution for persistent container storage based on Gluster, its scale-out storage system, and OpenShift, its integrated container deployment and management platform. This is important as the first production-quality distributed storage solution for containers. (It’s similar to Torus, a project CoreOS announced recently but is still developing and probably will not be able to place in production for a long time.)
- New container scanning tools are available in Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Atomic Host, the container-centric flavor of RHEL.
- Red Hat introduced OpenShift Primed, a partner designation that it hopes will help bring more companies into the channel it is building around OpenShift-based container tools.
- Red Hat Insights now supports analytics for containers.
More generally, Red Hat used the Summit to define its vision for containers and signal its fervent belief that they are now ready for prime time. The company’s executive vice president and president, Products and Technologies, Paul Cormier, wrote in a blog post published just before the Summit that Red Hat intends to lead the open source ecosystem in advancing container adoption. Red Hat also issued a press release lauding its container software stack as complete and enterprise-ready.
Clearly, Red Hat believes that the time for enterprise to start the migration from traditional clouds to containerized infrastructure is now. And it wants to make sure it is at the forefront of that transition.
The Internet of Things (IoT) was also a key topic for Red Hat this week. The company announced a partnership with Eurotech to deliver management for IoT edge devices.
IoT today remains in the state where containers were a few years ago. Hardware and software platforms for IoT are still being developed. But Red Hat appears keen to make sure to secure its slice of the IoT market as it evolves. It’s a safe bet that will require further investment in the cloud, since the cloud-computing paradigm is part and parcel of IoT architecture.
CloudForms Now Supports Google Cloud Platform
Last but not least, Red Hat CloudForms, the company’s platform for managing hybrid clouds, added support for Google Cloud Platform. Alongside Azure and AWS, the new functionality means CloudForms now supports the big three public clouds.