Red Hat dives deeper into containers

Open source giant Acquires CoreOS, one of the biggest names in Kubernetes

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Red Hat dives deeper into containers A number of large enterprises in the Middle East are already leveraging the flexibility of the cloud for DevOps, Pickering noted.
By  David Ndichu Published  March 12, 2018

Red Hat is acquiring CoreOS, bringing on board technology to help customers build, run and manage containerised applications in hybrid and multicolour environments.

By combining CoreOS's complementary capabilities with Red Hat's Kubernetes and container-based portfolio, including Red Hat OpenShift, Red Hat aims to further accelerate adoption and development its hybrid cloud platform for modern application workloads.

As applications move to hybrid and multi-cloud environments, a growing number of organisations are using containers to more easily build, deploy and move applications to, from, and across clouds. As IDC noted, "The demand for cloud continues to grow, and enterprises now anticipate that cloud architecture will dominate their spending for the next several years. With the growing sophistication of containers, customers are looking to their application platform providers to help them use containers to transition and extend existing production applications to be useful in public or private cloud."

CoreOS has become well-regarded for technologies that are enabling broad adoption of scalable and resilient containerised applications, says Adrian Pickering, regional head for MENA at Red Hat.

The company is the creator of CoreOS Tectonic, an enterprise-ready Kubernetes platform that provides automated operations, enables portability across private and public cloud providers, and is based on open source software. It also offers CoreOS Quay, an enterprise-ready container registry.

"CoreOS is also well-known for helping to drive many of the open source innovations that are at the heart of containerised applications, including Kubernetes, where it is a leading contributor; Container Linux, a lightweight Linux distribution created and maintained by CoreOS that automates software updates and is streamlined for running containers; etcd, the distributed data store for Kubernetes; and rkt, an application container engine, donated to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), that helped drive the current Open Container Initiative (OCI) standard," Pickering explains.

There are already a number of very large enterprises in the Middle East who are already leveraging the flexibility of the cloud for development purposes, says Pickering. "Enterprises are finding the complexity provisioning their own devops infrastructure to be increasingly time-consuming and cost prohibitive and consequently are turning to the almost ‘instant access' to cloud infrastructure to overcome these challenges," Pickering says. 

For enterprises, the general trend has been to do more with less in recent years, observes Pickering. This means that while IT budgets see little or no increase, enterprises still turn to their IT departments to help streamline processes and increase productivity. "This is why we are approached by a number of customers who are aware that by spending their money with us, they are capable of running their operations at a fraction of the cost of the solutions from other vendors.

"At a time when IT budgets aren't growing sufficiently to keep up with growing IT demands, such cost savings are essential as these funds can then be allocated to future development projects which help enterprises maintain their competitive advantage," he adds.

To help develop talent and skills across the region, Red Hat has established the Red Hat Academy program. More than 20 universities in the Middle East have already signed up to the Academy, equipping their students with open source related skills.

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