In addition to announcing Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9 and a new collaboration with General Motors to advance software-defined vehicles at the edge during its Red Hat Summit 2022 event, the Raleigh, N.C. company announced several new innovations, including new cross-portfolio edge capabilities, Managed Ansible Automation for Microsoft Azure, new cloud offerings and IT automation capabilities.
Here’s a look at those announcements.
New cross-portfolio edge capabilities
Red Hat is expanding its capabilities across its portfolio of open hybrid cloud solutions to help accelerate enterprise adoption of edge compute architectures through its Red Hat Edge initiative b focusing on helping customers and partners better adapt to edge computing by limiting complexity, speeding deployments, enhancing security and increasing confidence in system management.
The additional capabilities include management of OpenShift edge topologies by Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management, support for single-node OpenShift with OpenShift Data Foundation 4.10.
In addition, the company says it is adding new Red Hat Edge validated patterns for IT teams that need to build edge architectures quickly, including Medical Diagnosis for healthcare providers and Multicloud GitOps for organizations running workloads of different clusters on different clouds.
Red Hat says it is also focusing on customer diversity and choice to further hybrid cloud and edge adoption by bringing on two new edge-centric partners, OnLogic and Intel NUCs.
Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform for Microsoft Azure applications
The company launched the general availability of Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform on Microsoft Azure, which Red Hat says enables IT organizations to quickly automate and scale in the cloud and deliver any application anywhere without additional complexity.
The new offering combines low overhead and integrated billing with Microsoft with the latest Ansible Automation Platform features and packaged cloud content. Red Hat says new capabilities in Ansible Automation Platform 2.2, such as Ansible content signing technology that validates automation content, makes it even more powerful on Azure.
New cloud services for modern application development
Also announced during Red Hat Summit 2022 were new advancements within its Cloud Services portfolio to deliver a fully managed and streamlined user experience for building, deploying, managing and scaling cloud-native apps across hybrid environments.
The company says the new services are designed to tackle the complexities of hybrid cloud and solve challenges such as application sprawl and “monolithic application support.”
New offerings for cloud-native application development include OpenShift Service Registry, OpenShift Connectors and OpenShift Database Access.
The company also announced additions to its existing cloud services, including OpenShift Data Science, OpenShift Streams for Apache Kafka and OpenShift API Management.
New security innovations
An IT company’s annual conference would not be complete in 2022 without a mention of new security features, and Red Hat delivered during its 2022 summit with new innovations designed to help organizations mitigate risks and meet compliance requirements across complex IT environments.
These innovations include a software supply chain security pattern the company will deliver via OpenShift that deliver complete stacks as code and define, build and test the necessary software configurations, the company says. Red Hat says this is available as a preview, and the pattern uses a Kubernetes-native, continuously integrated pipeline through Red Hat OpenShift Pipelines and Red hat OpenShift GitOps for version control to help reduce complexity and time. This will be available in the coming months.
Red hat says its Cluster Security for Kubernetes, now generally available, offering features key capabilities to protect edge workloads, including automated DevSecOps, threat protection and network segmentation.
The company also says Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9 will include security features such as enhanced security around root privileges, support for latest cryptographic frameworks and bolstered security best practices.
Kyndryl partnership to advance IT automation for multicloud infrastructure
Red Hat announced during its 2022 summit that it is partnering with IT infrastructure services provider Kyndryl to help customers embrace open, differentiated automation and managed services to modernize core business applications and IT infrastructure while enabling scale and greater security.
The integrated services will be based on the Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform to automate critical workloads from the enterprise data center to the edge across public clouds, the company says. The Ansible Automation Platform is now the primary enterprise automation solution across Kyndryl’s infrastructure services, and the two will establish an Ansible Innovation Center to co-create solutions and help customers adopt the hybrid cloud by automating IT operations and services from the infrastructure level to the cloud and edge.