Streamlining DevOps in Hybrid Multicloud On premises and Edge Environments
Published on 19 Oct 2022
Containers are rapidly being used by organizations to modernize, enhance security, and accelerate application development in hybrid and multi-cloud settings. Containers help businesses increase application speed, software quality, and application portability.
Containers are quickly becoming the industry standard for integrating SecDevOps operations. According to survey respondents, although containers now run 22% of production applications/workloads, they estimate 34% of production applications/workloads to run on them in the next two years.
Furthermore, 86% of survey respondents said companies are under pressure to hasten the development and delivery of new goods and services, which will undoubtedly contribute to higher container usage.
Certain hurdles might stymie progress when companies strive to accelerate development:
- Managing infrastructure, security, and operations rather than releasing as much code as possible in order to develop the company.
- Creating complicated, multi-cloud infrastructures and scattered on-premises sites while allowing teams to interact.
- Trying to modernize outdated programs while waiting for development-test-production computers and dealing with scalability and availability difficulties.
Many firms embarking on a modernization path for application development choose Kubernetes, a scalable, reliable open source container technology for hosting cloud-native apps. IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service, which has been offering an enterprise-focused production experience for many years, and Red Hat OpenShift, IBM's h4brid and multi-cloud strategic platform, are two leading Kubernetes systems.
Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Cloud (managed OpenShift) is OpenShift 4's first as-a-service solution. Managed OpenShift extends IBM's Kubernetes foundation with capabilities that improve agility and flexibility for simplifying SecDevOps as well as building and managing workloads in clouds and remote locations.
Using Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Cloud to Address Application Development Challenges
Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Cloud (ROKS) is a managed cloud solution that includes built-in features and services to assist enterprises in overcoming development issues associated with new applications and upgrading old apps. While companies manage the worker nodes, IBM isolates, protects, and operates the high-availability Kubernetes masters. ROKS enables complete administrative cluster access with fine-grained access privileges, as well as measures to prevent cluster API/master side breaches.
Instead of investing in, maintaining, and managing infrastructure, businesses may concentrate on their line-of-business goals, which are backed by capabilities such as:
- Automated infrastructure provisioning and setup. x Automated OpenShift installation, configuration, and scaling. x Automatic updates.
- Automated regulatory compliance for the OpenShift environment, encompassing laws such as HIPAA, Payment Card Industry (PCI), System and Organization Controls (SOC1, SOC2, and SOC3), and International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
- Integration of cloud platforms, including monitoring, logging, key management, identity and access management, storage, and vulnerability scanning; and x IBM Global Site Reliability Engineering assistance.
Simplifying and Enhancing User Experience
A graphical user interface appropriate for all sorts of users, whether novice or experienced developers and operational employees, serves as the common access point to Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Cloud. Users may utilize any OpenShift version with either a traditional or virtual private cloud (VPC) architecture. Following a one-time, point-and-click cluster setup, customers may automate activities using APIs or IBM Cloud Schematics, which allows infrastructure as code and automates IBM Cloud resource provisioning. A Slack community for IBM Cloud provides a forum for users to engage with and communicate with IBM engineers.
The OpenShift API, tools, and dashboard support offer a familiar interface for customers using OpenShift in their own data centers, geographically distributed sites on IBM Cloud, or other vendor clouds. Red Hat OpenShift for IBM Cloud now includes the Red Hat Marketplace and operators, allowing customers to bring in content from IBM, Red Hat, and ISVs.
Users control the scheduling of lifecycle upgrades. IBM does not want to change Kubernetes versions and disrupt client installations. After a user makes a request, the whole stack is transparently upgraded node by node. Teams stay productive because there is no downtime or interruption to plan around.
As users' abilities develop or project needs alter, add-on managed components become accessible. These are some examples:
- Kubernetes Service. This straightforward CLI works in tandem with the console to give an easy and fast method to debug or deploy anything. Users connect to a cluster and execute instructions.
- Diagnostic and debugging software. This feature provides insights into cluster concerns such as performance and latency. Users choose and execute tests or do health checks on deployed nodes, pods, or other components. Logs may be exported and sent to IBM technical support.
- Static Path Worker nodes may be configured with rules to govern routing between clusters and other networks.
- Users have a direct connection or VPN solution for expanding on-premises data centers and resources to IBM Cloud by providing a default route for local IP ranges to cloud directly to a cluster.
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