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5 Reasons Why Your Business Should Embrace OpenShift Containers

Oct 8, 2021 2:28:05 PM

A little over a year ago, Forrester released a study unveiling an astounding result. Red Hat's OpenShift container management platform was found to multiply the return on investment by three. It also required less than six months to recoup the initial IT capital outlay. Why is OpenShift so effective? Here are 5 key reasons.


1- Shorter Time to Market 

A key reason for adopting OpenShift is that it accelerates innovation. Its features make it possible to bring new products and services to market faster. One remarkable figure sums it up. IT staff reduced the time required to develop each application by 35%, according to an IDC study.

How does it work? OpenShift enables efficient container orchestration by allowing rapid provisioning, deploying, and scaling. Now developers can focus on their core task: delivering applications.

Faster solution delivery enables businesses to gain value earlier, bringing forward and maximising revenues or savings opportunities.


2- IT Cost Reduction

OpenShift containerisation was found to reduce IT costs in several ways.

  • Shorter development time
  • Simplified deployment model, including at-scale
  • High workload density per server

A Forrester study supports this: the cost reduction for application development amounts to an estimated 50% to 80%.

The experience of global car manufacturer Ford is a good illustration. When the company decided to move to the Red Hat platform, its IT investment dropped. Development and deployement times were significantly reduced. OpenShift was run on bare metal, and better use was made of hardware. These resulted in significant cost reductions which increased resources for other high-value projects.


3- Flexibility and Portability

Covid-19 highlighted one challenge of digital transformation: the ability to change processes and systems very quickly to adapt to new circumstances. And this ability requires flexible, modular, standardised and cross-platform solutions such as OpenShift.

It’s available as a self-managed solution on-premises or using cloud infrastructure. Even if you deal with a blend of technologies – as is often the case - you can migrate and operate using the Red Hat solution. You'll always get a consistent Kubernetes container foundation across any infrastructure, including managed solutions like Red Hat OpenShift on AWS or Azure.


4- Scalability To Support Growth

Being able to change is one thing; delivering technologies that run at scale is a completely different story. OpenShift leverages the power of containers to make it happen.

Abstracted from the operating system, each application is packaged and isolated in its own space. As such, they become more portable and scalable. The orchestration layer, Kubernetes, then automates the scheduling and replication of the containers. Hundreds of workloads can be scheduled and run, with simplified administration and high workload density.

As a result, operational efficiency improves. As confirmed by IT General Manager of Cathay Pacific Airways:OpenShift lets us move applications seamlessly and easily across multiple providers with no downtime. We can also use public cloud to scale up or down as demand requires.


5- Agility with DevOps Methodology

Last but not least, the Red Hat platform supports and enables the DevOps approach. OpenShift contributes to breaking down silos and step-by-step monolithic methods. Fewer deployment issues, framework conflicts or language discrepancies to slow development or prevent testing. IT teams, developers and business services stay on the same page, with a shared focus.

Barclays, the global financial services provider, has used OpenShift to move to a DevOps approach. Technical and business teams now work hand in hand. They quickly meet customer and market demands through continuous development. This paradigm shift encourages more agility, more developments and increased competitiveness.

In 2021, consider your move to industry-standard, multi-platform Kubernetes container management: Red Hat OpenShift. 

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