Just about every organization—private or public, enterprise or mid-market—is searching for a way to stay relevant to its customers and compete in the new digital economy. And, as most savvy business leaders are quickly recognizing, digital transformation starts with software. For developers, and the IT operations teams supporting them, these are exciting (and maybe a little terrifying) times.
So here’s where things stand: Developers understand the challenge and are eager to step up and contribute, but they need to be given the tools and environment that allow them to focus on building applications in the languages they prefer. IT operations wants to empower its developers with more agile infrastructure, but they worry about security and compliance, scalability, costs, and the complexity and risk of adopting new systems.
Faced with these challenges, an increasing number of IT organizations are turning to containerization and the promise of Docker and Kubernetes to bring greater speed, efficiency, and automation to the application development cycle. From a cultural standpoint, they’re turning to DevOps.
While the seismic industry shift to DevOps is still in its early stages, the potential outcomes of the methodology are becoming clearer. As the 2017 State of DevOps Report shows, high-performing IT teams are executing 46´ more frequent code deployments than their lower-performing peers.
Red Hat OpenShift: A Low-Risk Path to Containerization
A leading Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solution for enabling application containerization and DevOps is the Red Hat® OpenShift Container Platform Deployable Solution Architecture (DSA). Red Hat, Intel, and Lenovo® jointly created a pre-validated reference architecture optimized to run OpenShift across either private or public cloud infrastructure, or a mix of both. This PaaS reference architecture removes much of the configuration complexity of container adoption and shortens the time to value in part through open source scripts for automating a great deal of the deployment (available for download on GitHub).
Among the benefits of going with OpenShift for this type of PaaS solution is that IT can make the transition to containers and DevOps while minimizing risk and infrastructure costs, and ensuring scalability in the future. Meanwhile developers can rapidly create applications on demand with the tools and languages they prefer—Java, Node.js, .NET, Python, PHP, and more.
You can learn more about how the Red Hat, Lenovo, Intel reference architecture for OpenShift accelerates container adoption and application development cycles in a 15-minute call with one of our experts.