We were pleased to sift through the quarterly Red Hat OpenShift update recently which has added a Service Catalog. Based on Kubernetes, OpenShift is an open source container management platform which serves as RedHat’s Platform as a Service.
Kubernetes supports Docker - a container platform - and maintains the Open Container Initiative which sets the standards for containers.
This long-awaited Service Catalog provides valuable extra functionality as it allows IT or third-party vendors to establish connections to internal or external services.
Companies from a wide range of industries are finding platforms like OpenShift indispensable as they negotiate changes in the developing IT world. Volvo and Deutsche Bank are just two examples of companies that are making the most of the possibilities opened up to them thanks to advances in container platforms. Senior Director of Product Management for OpenShift, Joe Fernandes, has said: “The adoption of container technology is off the charts. Pretty much every company is adopting containers in some way.”
With its latest update Red Hat once again shows that it is actively targeting the container platform market. It is adapting its product to meet the requirements of IT departments keeping companies running around the world. Feedback they have had indicates that companies want to connect containerized applications to internal and external services with greater ease.
With this in mind Red Hat is making the Service Catalog available in the easiest way possible. It has been set up in a way that is quite similar to a typical app store. Developers can locate pre-configured internal or external connectors to connect internally to, say, an Oracle database or externally to something like Azure, a public cloud service.
Previously it took a good deal more effort for developers to get their hands on connections like these. Red Hat are concentrating on providing a more streamlined service that offers greater ease of use. Red Hat hopes the update will speed up the implementation of connections and become an indispensable service to users.
At the moment the Service Catalog is only available as a technical preview. It will be released as a more complete service before the end of 2017. Of course, as IT instructors we’ll be eager to try out the service.