Red Hat introduces Linux Container initiatives

Community projects, beta schemes designed to accelerate streamlined delivery

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Red Hat introduces Linux Container initiatives Cormier: [In the era of cloud] the operating system takes on greater importance.
By  Stephen McBride Published  April 17, 2014

Red Hat, Inc today announced several new Linux Container projects in pursuit of the company's goals of streamlined application delivery and orchestration across bare metal systems, virtual machines and private and public clouds via containers and Docker technology.

Announcements include Project Atomic, a community project to develop technologies for creating lightweight Linux Container hosts, based on next-generation capabilities in the Linux ecosystem. Red Hat hopes the tools that result from Project Atomic will allow creation of a new variant of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, called Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host, which Red Hat plans to debut with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.

Also announced was GearD, an OpenShift Origin community project to enable rapid application development, continuous integration, delivery, and deployment of application code to containerised application environments.

In addition, Red Hat introduced an expansion of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 high-touch beta programme to include Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host and Docker container technologies that will enable select customers to evaluate these new container technologies in enterprise environments.

The Project Atomic and GearD community projects are both available now and the High-Touch Beta Programme including Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host and Docker container technologies will be available for select customers in the coming months. General availability for Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host will be announced at a later date.

"As the cloud enters the computing mainstream and applications, not infrastructure, become the focus of enterprise IT, the operating system takes on greater importance in supporting the application and the infrastructure, without sacrificing the basic requirements of security, stability and manageability," Paul Cormier, president, Product and Technologies, Red Hat.

"Our newly-announced container offerings, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host, will drive this vision forward, helping enterprises embrace streamlined application delivery through the power of Linux Containers and Docker, and enabling the free movement of applications across cloud, virtual and physical environments, a key tenet of the open hybrid cloud."

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