What is OpenShift

OpenShift is a containerisation software solution developed by Red Hat. Their main product is the OpenShift Container Platform, a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) orchestrated and managed by Kubernetes. It was written in Go and AngularJS and has an Apache License.

OpenShift Origin is Red Hat’s open-source cloud-based platform, allowing developers to build, test and deploy applications to the cloud. The system adds tools on top of a Kubernet core to enable faster application development, easy deployment and scaling.

The platform supports Go, Node.js, Ruby, Python, PHP, Perl, and Java besides being extensible to allow users can add support for other languages. Regarding scalability, the platform enables the scaling of containerized applications automatically or manually.

Some of the features OpenShift offers are:

  • Constant security—security checks are built into the container stack across the application lifecycle.
  • Built-in monitoring—included on the platform is Prometheus, a database and application monitoring software. You can visualize the applications in real-time on a Grafana dashboard.
  • Centralized policy management—a single console across clusters gives users a centralized place to implement policies.
  • Compatibility—OpenShift is part of the Certified Kubernetes program, therefore allowing compatibility with Kubernetes container workloads.

Benefits of working with OpenShift include:

  • Fast application development—the platform streams and automates the container management process, therefor enhances the DevOps process. This acceleration of the application development means you can go to market faster, allowing to be competitive.
  • No vendor lock-in—provides a vendor-agnostic open-source platform, which means that users can migrate their container processes to new operating systems if needed, without the need to redo their containerization orchestration.
  • Self-service provisioning—OpenShift allows users to integrate the tools they use most, for example, a video game developer can use this feature when developing games compatible with several operating systems.

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