Red Hat gives 2020 view of OpenShift roadmap, sees a little blue spot

Red Hat unfurled its OpenShift roadmap for 2020 and gave a hint of tech integration plans with IBM yesterday at its OpenShift Commons event in London.

Red Hat shipped Open Shift 4.3 earlier this month, and Jan Kleinert, OpenShift developer advocates manager, used her presentation yesterday to flag up a series of upcoming features earmarked for Calendar 2020/OpenShift 4.4+.

According to her presentation, OpenShift Serverless and OpenShift Pipelines – based on Tekton – should move from preview to general availability, as will Helm 3 support.

At the platform level, Windows Containers support should also move into general availability, while other planned platform features include multi-cluster summary dashboards, a compliance operator, and node problem detection. Likewise, OVN support should move into GA, with Windows Networking Integration getting a “Planned” flag.

Also promised are application workload monitoring, and an improved native developer console for monitoring and troubleshooting.

In the same presentation, Duncan Hardie, principal product manager at Red Hat, said multi cloud was “huge for us”.

“We’re now looking at every component in OpenShift and saying ‘ok, that has had a single cluster view to have for those components, what does it look like in a multi cloud multi cluster environment?'”

Hardie said the vendor planned to integrate its Hive cluster as a service tech with IBM’s Multi Cloud Manager.

“Talking of which,” he continued, “One of the big things for me was, when we started talking to IBM colleagues, we noticed that IBM MCM is a jolly good solution. It actually does a lot of the things that we were thinking about, how are we going to get from A to B on this already.”

“And for those of you already with a contract with IBM, and you have the multi Cloud Manager in your environment, there’s an OpenShift plugin for it.”

“On the Red Hat side, what we’re doing is looking at how we can work with that team, and take things and reinvigorate the communities that we are and bring more of it over to OpenShift, and you’ll see some more announcements on this soon, I’m sure.”

While IBM’s takeover of Red Hat was finally completed last year, the Linux vendor remains an independent organisation, and both organisations have been at pains to maintain their distance from each other. So it was entirely appropriate that yesterday’s event happened at the Institute of Engineering and Technology on the North Bank of the Thames, giving Red Hat fans a commanding view across the river to IBM’s UK HQ on the South Bank. A few minutes walk from each other, but as any Londoner knows, worlds apart.