Red Hat Makes OpenShift Container Storage 4 Easier to Use, Install, Manage
… much easier than in the past.
“Even the installation of the product is improved,” he said. “It took me less than an hour to deploy it onsite for a customer. I was quite impressed by that improvement. Earlier versions were harder to install and took longer. Here with the Operator you just specify what you want to do and then wait a few minutes and you are good to go.”
Rob Enderle, principal analyst with Enderle Research, said the upgraded Red Hat OpenShift products will offer sales and service opportunities for partners.
“The market hasn’t yet moved to one cloud offering and [customers] often have multiple offerings available onsite,” said Enderle. “So the support for this existing market reality will remove some existing barriers to close potentially increasing sales volumes. The other enhancements are also important but it’s the multicloud support that was likely the critical path that needed correcting.”
The new offerings will likely also get a boost from Red Hat’s new relationship with IBM since its 2019 acquisition, he said.
“These advancements, coupled with Red Hat’s IBM connections, should significantly help Red Hat’s competitive position,” said Enderle.
The company also announced the related new Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 4.3, which is the latest version of its enterprise Kubernetes platform, which now includes new security capabilities, including FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) compliant encryption (FIPS 140-2 Level 1) and encryption of the etcd data store to provide additional protection for secrets at rest. Also included in the latest Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 4.3 are additional capabilities that support private clusters.