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For Organisations That Find Containers Too Difficult to Implement and Maintain, Fully Managed Container Environment Services May Be the Answer
January 3, 2022 Blog


Container technologies have definitely been a game-changer for today’s cloud- and software-centric organisations. The key to the success of containers lies in the fact that they are open-source and add tremendous flexibility as well as efficiency never before possible in the process of software application development. They allow organisations to make apps more portable, scalable, manageable and secure.

As such, Gartner predicts that by 2022, over 75% of organisations around the world will be running containerised applications in production, up from less than 30% just a few short years ago. However, despite all the benefits of containerisation, we should not expect it to make up the bulk of enterprise applications because, in the same study, only 15% of enterprise applications are expected to run in a container environment by 2024, up from less than 5% in 2020. According to the analyst firm, the move towards containerisation has been largely hampered by challenges such as application backlog, technical debt and budget constraints.

One major issue is that building and managing a container environment can be difficult and complex, and not many organisations currently have the capability, skills or specialised staff to maintain such environments internally. More often than not, companies would rather sharpen their focus on innovating, developing and modernising their applications than creating, administering and updating their container infrastructure.

For such organisations, Red Hat is now offering a fully-managed OpenShift service on all major public clouds (including Microsoft Azure, AWS, Google Cloud Platform and IBM Cloud) to enable businesses to easily and rapidly adopt enterprise-grade Kubernetes application development and deployment. By employing Red Hat OpenShift Dedicated, companies can leave it to Red Hat to manage, operate and support the underlying containerised infrastructure with a guaranteed SLA, 24×7 support and compliance with leading certifications.

Although open-source technologies are readily available online, teams do not need to spend countless hours researching, testing, managing and updating the container technologies they use. Instead, Red Hat OpenShift Dedicated allows businesses to get started immediately and take advantage of self-service deployment to create the on-demand services and resources they need. The platform includes a Linux operating system, container runtime, networking, monitoring, container registry, authentication, and authorisation solutions.

Red Hat OpenShift Dedicated delivers fully-managed Kubernetes that ensures the greatest flexibility, security and empowers developers to innovate through:

  • Automated Workflows: Source code is placed into ready-to-run container images via a source-to-image (S2I) process. Developers don’t even need to familiarise themselves with Kubernetes concepts as they only see the information and configurations they care about. This streamlines the developer perspective.
  • Operators: Developers can integrate with trusted third-party services through the operator framework.
  • Developer Tools: Get direct access to a rich set of command-line tools, a multidevice web console, and Eclipse-based integrated development environments (IDEs).
  • Flexible Pricing and Consumption: Via customer cloud subscriptions and consumption-based billing.

According to a Forrester study, by leveraging Red Hat OpenShift Dedicated businesses stand to gain significant economic benefits in terms of:

  • Developer Productivity: 90% productivity lift for initial application development, testing, and deployment.
  • Operational Efficiency: 416 load management hours saved per developer annually.
  • Reduced Time to Market: 78 hours saved per application developed or modernised.

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to future-proof your organisation and accelerate your journey to the cloud and containerised applications. Click here to find out how Red Hat OpenShift Dedicated can provide you with a more secure, supported, managed, and hosted Kubernetes platform guided by deep expertise.