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Red Hat expands OpenShift with new capabilities for edge computing

At the Kubecon conference, Red Hat is announcing new versions of its OpenStack Platform, the OpenShift distribution and Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes. While Red Hat OpenStack Platform 16.2 is generally available immediately, OpenShift 4.9 and Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes 2.4 are to follow by the end of the month and November.

A closer integration of OpenStack and OpenShift should make the parallel operation and management of virtual machines (VMs) and containerized cloud-native applications more flexible and easier. Above all, users who use virtualized network functions (VNFs) and cloud-native network functions (CNFs) side by side should also benefit from higher performance. Red Hat speaks of a level of performance that should come close to that of bare metal environments. For the new version of its OpenStack Platform, the provider also promises an extended life cycle with continuous feature updates without downtime.

After the company had already announced more focus on the edge at the Red Hat Summit in the summer, the innovations in the three product updates are primarily aimed at improvements for use in edge computing. For example, the Kubernetes distribution Red Hat OpenShift 4.9 offers a new, third topology option for edge environments. Single Node OpenShift is like the versions 3-Node Clusters and Remote Worker Nodes Tailored for edge use, but specifically designed for installation on a single server. This should allow OpenShift to be used in places with limited space. Single Node OpenShift also works independently of the central Kubernetes control level, so that operation in remote locations and with unreliable network connections is possible.

In addition, Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes 2.4 offers the necessary functions to comprehensively manage OpenShift on all platforms – from bare metal environments to edge scenarios. In the new version, a hub for the management of up to 2000 single-node OpenShift instances should be scalable. Thanks to policy templates on the hub side, a single policy can also be applied to different cluster scenarios. In order to guarantee a smooth start with the initial setup of complex cluster deployments, a new zero-touch provisioning function assists users when installing Advanced Cluster Management.

Further information on the updates can be found in the respective announcements to Red Hat OpenStack Platform 16.2 as OpenShift 4.9 and Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes 2.4.


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