The move to the cloud is inevitable for businesses today. The cloud has enabled workloads, ensuring they reside across multiple machines, have applications built to tolerate failure with no reliance on underlying infrastructure and having applications that scale-out.
At the same time, businesses want a cloud service that is able to interconnect. This is where the hybrid cloud comes in. Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure provides this possibility. Among their customers embracing the Open Hybrid Cloud include aviation giant Cathay Pacific, logistics company Cargo Smart, financial services provider IAG and ICT solutions conglomerate NTT Communications. Each of these companies has its own strategic use case for the Hybrid Cloud.
According to Richard Koh, General Manager ASEAN, Red Hat, “Businesses want to be open as it provides the flexibility and choice on where they build and run their applications.” In other words, enterprise customers want open source solutions.
He added that 89% of IT leaders feel that enterprise open source is important to their organisation strategy, while 68% of IT leaders reported an increase in the use of enterprise open source over the past year. Developers prefer open source technologies with Linux, Docker and Kubernetes, according to a 2019 Stack Overflow Developer Survey, the preferred platforms.
Kingsley Wood, Senior Director, Business Strategy and Development, Asia Pacific, pointed out that Red Hat is only taking advantage of all this public cloud that has already been built.
“We don’t have our own public cloud. We don’t have infrastructure that competes directly with Amazon, Azure and Google. Instead, we regard them as being providers of services that we can build on top off. Everyone has got some stuff on public cloud, some stuff on-premises. So they are already hybrid cloud users. The question is to what degree are they integrating and having the systems talk to each other to be more efficient.”
During the Red Hat Summit in Boston, US, Red Hat released the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 and the Open Shift 4. Kingsley explained what and how these two releases are helping enterprises improve in their performances.
The Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8
The Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Core OS is the underlying OS for running containers. The RHEL ecosystem is over 20 times larger than Red Hat’s corporate revenue. It is expected to drive US$ 80 billion in ecosystem revenue in 2019, with new ecosystem revenues expected to total more than US$ 150 billion through 2023. By 2023, more than 3.3 million people are expected to work in Red Hat related positions.
The Linux 8 reduces the friction and cost of change in support of service delivery. It provides a faster and more consistent delivery in any deployment footprint with full coverage native automation. It also provides faster on-boarding for non-Linux users without fear of the command line. This is probably something enterprises, and developers are really hoping for. Apart from that, it has a leading, security-focused platform in any cloud infrastructure and for emerging workloads like machine learning together with its seamless, non-disruptive migration process for existing Red Hat Enterprise Linux deployments.
Kingsley pointed out that global business revenues touched by Red Hat Enterprise Linux are expected to grow to US$ 12.3 trillion by 2023. In fact, he said explained that 1/8 of all the world’s workloads run on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
“If you look at all the Fortune 500 companies, banks, airlines and large enterprises, they all use Linux. Take Ikea, for example. They have 3500 stores in 37 countries. When there was a vulnerability on Linux, they contacted us, and Red Hat had a fix in 2 hours, enabling them to send it out to all their stores worldwide.”
Kingsley reiterated that while Red Hat Enterprise Linux is able to send and fix problems fast, it is not meant to replace IT staff. He explained that it is meant to give them the tools to be more powerful so that they can deliver more for their employers.
OpenShift is currently being used by more than 1000 customers worldwide. While developers prefer working and building apps on Kubernetes, enterprises still remain sceptical. As a leading Kubernetes contributor, Red Hat OpenShift has trusted enterprise Kubernetes. What it does is that it takes all the Kubernetes released, and squeezes it safely into OpenShift. In other words, it ensures the Kubernetes on OpenShift are trusted, validated and certified.
OpenShift 4 reimagines enterprise Kubernetes. It has a fully integrated and automated architecture. It provides seamless Kubernetes deployment on any cloud or on-premises environment. With its fully automated installation, it can be used from cloud to infrastructure to OS to application services. Open Shift 4 has a one-click platform and application updates with auto-scaling of cloud resources.
Kingsley added that enterprises also come up with innovations that they bring back to the community through RedHat. “Red Hat’s biggest competitors are the developers that do it themselves. We want them to contribute to us and let us work with them,” said Kingsley.