Red Hat boosts edge management for hybrid cloud to drive enterprise growth

Red Hat boosts edge management for hybrid cloud to drive enterprise growth

Red Hat, a provider of open source software, added new cross-platform portfolio edge functionality to its hybrid cloud solutions. The goal: accelerate the enterprise adoption of edge compute architecture through its in-house Red Hat Edge initiative. Red Hat says it will focus on helping companies adapt to the edge computing ecosystem with a common foundation of a broad set of technologies.

Many edge computing solutions today focus on limiting application complexity, faster deployment, and enhancing security features to help enterprise developers move from the data center to the edge. Red Hat’s new initiative comprises technologies, such as the Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat OpenShift along with the Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform to add automation capabilities to the edge deployments and Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes to deliver cloud-scale manageability.

“The enhancements to the Red Hat Edge initiative, from the comprehensive edge management of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9, the holistic and scalable capabilities of Ansible Automation Platform, and the zero-touch capabilities of both Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes and Red Hat OpenShift, are designed to help overcome these production roadblocks and drive broader adoption of edge computing across the open hybrid cloud,” says Francis Chow, vice president and general manager, In-Vehicle Operating System and Edge at Red Hat.

Red Hat OpenShift is an enterprise-ready Kubernetes platform that enables a cloud-like experience, built for an open hybrid cloud strategy. Open hybrid cloud is Red Hat’s strategy for developing and operating a hybrid mix of application delivery cloud experience with speed, scalability, and security for business transformation. With the new zero-touch capability for Red Hat OpenShift 4.10, the platform includes factory workflow for OEMs. Other edge capabilities added to OpenShift include the management of edge topologies through Red Hat Cluster Management and support for single-node OpenShift with OpenShift Data Foundation 4.10. The Red Hat Cluster Management hub cluster is capable of deploying and managing over 2000 single-node OpenShift clusters.

The Red Hat announcement also adds new features to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9. The platform now enables centralized controls for scaling of edge deployments, and roll-back for Podman to increase edge device uptime.

Two new partners have joined the edge ecosystem with the Red Hat Edge initiative — OnLogic and Intel NUCs — to further expand customer choice in the underlying architectures. For enterprise teams that need to build edge infrastructures quickly, the initiative brings new Red Hat Edge validated “patterns” for a faster transition from conceptualizing to POC. These new patterns include medical diagnosis and multi-cloud GitOps.

“Edge computing is a critical component to the future of open hybrid cloud, as customers increasingly aim to deploy workloads closer to end-users and data points for optimized business results,” says Michael Kleiner, vice president, of engineering and product management at OnLogic. “OnLogic hardware devices certified for use at the edge on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9 will enable customers a more streamlined path to scale hybrid cloud capabilities with reliable edge devices.”

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