Red Hat Goes All-In for Containers With 2 New Offerings

VIDEO: Paul Cormier, Red Hat EVP and president of products and technologies, discusses two new products announced today at the Red Hat Summit.

BOSTON—Red Hat today announced a new version of its OpenShift platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering and the first release of the Red Hat Atomic Enterprise platform. Both products were announced at the Red Hat Summit here, and both have containers at the core as a means to enable and accelerate enterprise application deployment.

In an exclusive video interview with eWEEK,Paul Cormier, Red Hat executive vice president and president of products and technologies, discusses what the two new products are all about and why his company is a leader of the Open Container Project (OCP), which was announced on June 22.

"Last year we were talking about how containers were built; this year we're talking about how to bring containers to the enterprise," Cormier said.

Red Hat's project Atomic is an effort first announced in April 2014 to build a minimized Linux host optimized for containers. Cormier explained that the new Red Hat Atomic Enterprise platform includes the ability to manage, orchestrate and deploy a whole server farm of Atomic hosts.

Another big piece of news from Red Hat is the release of OpenShift version 3. Red Hat has been talking about the new OpenShift PaaS since at least January when it discussed its plans to reinvent the platform as a Docker-based system.

"The interesting thing is we're using the same management and orchestration technologies both in Red Hat Atomic Enterprise and OpenShift v3 for the consistency of the container," Cormier said. "In OpenShift, we add in all the developer tools, libraries and all the services that we're moving over from JBoss that real enterprise applications need."

Underpinning all of Red Hat's container efforts is the company's support of the newly formed Open Container Project (OCP). With OCP, there is now a broad industry effort to define a standard format for the base level of containers, which Cormier sees as being key to driving adoption.

There is now "more certainty about containers," Cormier said.

Watch the full video with Paul Cormier below:

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at eWEEK and Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

Sean Michael Kerner

Sean Michael Kerner

Sean Michael Kerner is an Internet consultant, strategist, and contributor to several leading IT business web sites.