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Red Hat Adds Variety to Container Management

Red Hat on Tuesday updated its OpenShift container management platform with versions to run in a variety of scenarios, from a free version for developers to production versions on premises and in the cloud.

"We're basically providing new editions based on use case," Joe Fernandes, Red Hat Inc. (NYSE: RHT) senior director of product management for OpenShift and containers, tells Light Reading.

OpenShift, a platform for running and managing containers across a suite of servers, will now come in a variety of flavors. Red Hat OpenShift Container Local is a free version for local development usage. OpenShift Container Lab is for use on a preproduction environment on a server. And OpenShift Container Platform (formerly OpenShift Enterprise) is for production deployments.

Red Hat is also adding options to run storage inside of containers with Red Hat Gluster Storage. OpenShift already connects to external storage; the advantage to running storage inside containers is it can be managed with other applications. Developers don't need to ask storage administrators for access to storage; they can just provision it themselves. And storage inside containers also eliminates latency that exists with external storage.

Red Hat recently launched OpenShift Online, making OpenShift available as a cloud service. OpenShift Dedicated, released earlier this year, is designed to run OpenShift for a single tenant.

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Last week, Docker introduced Docker 1.2 container management with built-in orchestration support. (See Docker Targets Google Kubernetes.)

OpenShift is built on Docker, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and the latest version supports Kubernetes 1.2.

On Monday, Red Hat updated its JBoss Java Enterprise Edition middleware with new capabilities to help enterprises migrate applications to the cloud. (See Red Hat Updates JBoss for Cloud Migration.)

And last week, Red Hat announced acquisition of 3Scale as another piece of Red Hat's application stack. (See Red Hat Buys 3Scale for API Management.)

— Mitch Wagner, Follow me on TwitterVisit my LinkedIn profile, Editor, Light Reading Enterprise Cloud

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