Red Hat reveals OpenShift Platform Plus, adds managed cloud services to OpenShift Dedicated service

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Red Hat has unveiled OpenShift Platform Plus, an updated version of the firm’s enterprise application platform that adds Kubernetes-native security capabilities.

The firm also announced a set of managed cloud services for OpenShift Dedicated to support applications using real-time data streams, machine learning and microservices.

The new products were just some of the announcements made at the Red Hat Summit event today.

OpenShift Platform Plus is a new edition of Red Hat’s enterprise application platform based on containers and Kubernetes. It builds on the capabilities of OpenShift by adding advanced security features, Day 2 management capabilities and a global container registry. It is expected to be available in calendar Q2.

Security is provided through Red Hat Advanced Cluster Security for Kubernetes, based on technology Red Hat gained through its purchase of StackRox earlier this year. It provides deep system-level data collection and analysis, as well as more than 60 security policies out-of-the-box that can be applied and enforced from the time that apps are built to when they are deployed and running.

Advanced Cluster Security for Kubernetes is available immediately as a separate product, but Red Hat said that its inclusion in OpenShift Platform Plus will help organisations apply a DevSecOps approach to security by integrating declarative security into developer tooling and workflows. The aim is to allow customers to build enhanced security into the lifecycle of a cloud-native application right from the build and CI/CD phase to production.

The inclusion of Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes enables users to apply consistent operational policies for security, configuration, compliance and governance to multi-cluster Kubernetes environments that span on-premises and cloud infrastructures. Meanwhile, the global container registry capability is provided by Red Hat Quay.

While OpenShift Platform Plus targets on-premises application development, Red Hat’s new managed cloud services are integrated with Red Hat OpenShift Dedicated, the firm’s OpenShift service hosted on AWS and Google Cloud.

The three managed services include: Red Hat OpenShift Streams for Apache Kafka, designed to make it easier to support real-time data streams; Red Hat OpenShift Data Science, providing organisations with a way to develop, train and test machine learning (ML) models and export in a container-ready format; and Red Hat OpenShift API Management, designed to help organisations implement microservices-based applications.

Red Hat OpenShift Streams for Apache Kafka is available as a developer preview, with general availability expected later this year. As a fully-managed and hosted Kafka service, it allows developers to focus on building better applications more quickly, without having to worry about the underlying requirements of data collection and processing, according to Red Hat.

Red Hat OpenShift Data Science is available in beta as an add-on to OpenShift Dedicated and Red Hat OpenShift Service on AWS, with general availability expected later this year. It builds on the open source Open Data Hub project, which incorporates projects such as Jupyterhub, Apache Spark, Seldon, Prometheus, Grafana and Argo.

Red Hat OpenShift API Management is available now as an add-on to Red Hat OpenShift Dedicated, and on Red Hat OpenShift Service on AWS. It offers API lifecycle management for building, managing and scaling microservices-based applications, enabling users to evolve their applications through a single DevOps pipeline, according to Red Hat.