Red Hat Summit: Red Hat OpenShift Getting Deeper Virtualization Features

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Apr 28

Other Red Hat applications also get performance and feature enhancements that will benefit partners and customers.

The Red Hat Summit 2020 virtual event opened with big OpenShift news. The family of containerization software is getting new virtualization capabilities.

Also announced were upcoming features for advanced cluster management for Kubernetes and a new Red Hat OpenShift version 4.4.

The OpenShift virtualization features are a technology preview within Red Hat OpenShift and won’t be complete until later in 2020. The new virtualization capabilities come from the KubeVirt open source project. They aim to provide opportunities to develop, deploy and manage applications consisting of virtual machines alongside containers and serverless.

The virtualization tools will allow standard VM-based workloads to come to Kubernetes, according to Red Hat. That can help eliminate workflow and development silos that often exist between traditional and cloud-native application stacks. Ultimately, this will make it easier for organizations to migrate and modernize existing applications and services on Red Hat.

The OpenShift virtualization developer enhancements include a consistent development experience across VMs, containers and serverless functions for users. Users can manage all of the enterprise application stack components directly through Red Hat OpenShift. In addition, one can migrate VMs to OpenShift without fully containerizing them. This allows them to run mixed applications.

The general availability of Red Hat OpenShift virtualization is later in the year.

Red Hat OpenShift 4.4

Also unveiled at Red Hat Summit 2020 Virtual Experience was Red Hat OpenShift 4.4, the company’s latest enterprise Kubernetes platform. Building on Kubernetes Operators, the new version includes improvements in core platform capabilities around compute, networking and storage. In addition, a new descheduler tool helps OpenShift administrators rebalance workload distributions across OpenShift for improved efficiency and utilization. OpenShift 4.4 also upgrades the ingress controller implementation to use HAProxy 2.0, which allows higher performance.

OpenShift 4.4 also now gets self-guided installation experience support for deployment with full-stack automation (IPI) on Red Hat Virtualization (RHV). It includes support for Helm 3, making Helm charts visible and available in the OpenShift Console’s developer catalog.

Kubernetes users weren’t forgotten in Red Hat’s announcements at the event, which was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For Kubernetes users, a new Red Hat advanced cluster management for Kubernetes tool was unveiled as a tech preview. The tool provides a single, simplified control point for the monitoring and deployment of OpenShift clusters at scale. It offers policy-driven governance and application life cycle management. It allows organizations to consistently manage their Kubernetes clusters across hybrid clouds. That includes Red Hat OpenShift deployed on-premises, on bare metal and on public clouds from Amazon, Google, IBM and Azure.

Red Hat's Brian Gracely

Red Hat’s Brian Gracely

Brian Gracely, director of product strategy for Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat cloud, told Channel Futures that partners will benefit from the virtualization enhancements because they are being added to existing OpenShift products being used by customers.

“What’s important to note is that OpenShift virtualization is a component of OpenShift, it’s not a separate offering requiring an additional subscription or new infrastructure,” said Gracely. “As with all of our technologies, this is not covered by an expensive proprietary license — if you are an OpenShift subscriber, you immediately will have access to OpenShift virtualization and the benefits that it could provide to you and your customer organizations.”

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