You’re pushing to become a DevOps-centric organization, but you’re running into roadblocks and aren’t sure how to get there? In this blog post, Shadow-Soft’s James Hendrix shares his ideas on DevOps, Containers, Kubernetes, and OpenShift. Read on to learn more about Shadow-Soft’s series of workshops in Atlanta, Tampa, and Nashville.
At the core of DevOps is the automation of all processes so developers can focus on innovation and operations can streamline activities that support stability and resources for development and production. A melange of tooling and technologies can provide this automation for organizations, especially now more than ever in the great age of the cloud.
In tandem with DevOps transformations, more and more organizations are moving to adopt the cloud, partially or wholly, as their infrastructure and development strategy. Cloud-native application development is becoming more popular and focused as a result, and as applications are architected to run efficiently and at scale in the cloud, they adopt methodologies to do so, microservices.
Orchestrating containers with Kubernetes
As organizations are adopting DevOps, the cloud, and moving their applications to microservices, they need a way to manage that process end-to-end, in a cloud-friendly (but still accessible to on-prem) and DevOps-focused way. We can orchestrate containers using Kubernetes all day long until the cows come home, but it’s complicated, has a fairly large learning curve, and isn’t as intuitive or automated as some technologies to get the job done fully.
Don’t get me wrong, Kubernetes is a fantastic orchestrator and runtime for containers, but it can be made to be better, easier to use, and more feature-rich through container platforms. Cue Red Hat OpenShift, a container platform for managing your containers, Kubernetes, and promoting heavily automated DevOps processes, regardless of the infrastructure you need to deploy on.
Migrating legacy applications
One problem for many organizations though is, how do we migrate our legacy applications or VM-based apps to the cloud, microservices, and beyond? For many organizations, this provides a headache and the occasional roadblock to pursuing containers, but I’m here to tell you that simply does not need to be the case.
Shadow-Soft can help you understand how to employ tools like OpenShift, CI/CD pipelines, and built-in automation tools to not only migrate legacy Java applications to containers and the cloud but build automated, zero-downtime deployments and advanced CI/CD pipelines to do so.
Introducing our DevOps on Openshift Workshop
In our workshop, “DevOps on OpenShift”, you will learn a fundamental understanding of OpenShift, CI/CD, DevOps, and a pathway to success of leveraging containers even with your legacy applications. Our hope is to guide your technology journey with confidence and enable you with hands-on knowledge of cutting-edge tools and methods within the community.
Here’s what you can look forward to in the workshop:
- DevOps Introduction & Exploring OpenShift
- Deployment Environments
- Creating a Simple CI/CD Pipeline
- Pipeline Definition as Code
- Application Promotion Between Environments
- Running the CI/CD Pipeline on Every Change
- Zero-Downtime Deployment to Production
- Automated Zero-Downtime Deployment with CI/CD Pipelines
- Deploying Jenkins Manually
- Creating Custom Jenkins Slave Pods
This workshop will help developers understand how to navigate the journey of moving Java-based, legacy applications to more modern architectures and platforms like microservices and the cloud from on-prem VMs. It will also assist operations personnel in leveraging operations-centric tools and features built-into OpenShift as well as how the automation ties-into a larger DevOps process.
There are loads of cool, valuable techniques and information in this workshop, and I’m excited to share it with you all. I’m most excited about demonstrating how to build and employ automated, zero-downtime pipelines. I feel strongly that organizations will see a great deal of utility, efficiency, and innovation by using automated pipelines.
Who’s this workshop for?
- Organizations that are starting their DevOps journey
- Organizations interested in microservices and containers
- Organizations looking to migrate Java applications to containers
Can’t make the workshop?
I recommend you read this book by Red Hat called DevOps with OpenShift. Learn how OpenShift’s infrastructure-agnostic container management platform can help you navigate the murky area where infrastructure-as-code ends and application automation begins.
I look forward to meeting you at one of our upcoming workshops. I hope you walk away more empowered, enabled, and interested in DevOps, OpenShift, and digital transformation.