Red Hat Updates Enterprise Container Platform
In addition, OpenShift provides an integrated, routing solution with HAProxy that provides inbound request routing/load balancing out of the box, Fernandes said. "We also work with partners like F5, Nginx, Cisco and others to integrate their routing and load balancing solutions as an alternative," he said. "Our goal for OpenShift is to provide fully pluggable interfaces so customers can select the solutions of their choice." Part of the Docker upstream open-source effort is the Nautilus project that provides security scanning of container images. Red Hat doesn't participate in the Nautilus project, choosing instead to support other container security effort. "We have introduced new projects around both container image signing (Simple Signing) and container scanning (Atomic Scan) and are working with both the upstream Linux and Docker communities and partners like Black Duck on these initiatives," Fernandes said. "These capabilities will be available in RHEL in the upcoming 7.3 release and will be integrated with OpenShift as well in a future release so customers can drive policy-based decisions for execution based on signing and scanning results.""The OCID project is aimed at exploring new innovations in container runtime, image distribution, storage, signing and more, with an emphasis on driving container standards through the Open Container Initiative (OCI)," Dan Walsh, consulting engineer at Red Hat, told eWEEK. The OCI is an effort that got underway in June 2015 as a way to define container standards. OCI has continued to evolve, defining the runC container runtime standard. Walsh emphasized that OCID is not an effort to replace Docker Engine. Rather, OCID is part of Red Hat's continued efforts to evolve containers capabilities so they can be used in development, test and production environments, he said. "Red Hat is a leader in both contributions to Docker and OCI and is committed to driving both innovation and standards in the containers space," Walsh said. Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at eWEEK and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.
Looking beyond just Docker, Red Hat is now also leading a new effort called Open Container Initiative Daemon that aims to provide an optimized container engine for Kubernetes.