With interest in all things related to microservices and containers on the rise, most IT organizations are actively investing in technologies that promise to transform enterprise IT. The challenge is that not many enterprise IT organizations are going to make that shift quickly.
With that in mind, Red Hat today announced the general availability of OpenShift Dedicated, a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) environment running on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud that provides support for both Docker containers and the Kubernetes orchestration framework that many organizations are relying on to manage Docker containers.
This latest offering is a natural extension of the recent Red Hat move to host OpenShift itself on top of Docker containers. In fact, along with the roll-out of the OpenShift Dedicated service, Red Hat also announced version 6.2 updates to Red Hat JBoss BPM Suite and Red Hat JBoss BRMS. The business process management and business rules management platform offerings can now provision a Linux container image for the JBoss BRMS decision server that can be deployed on a container host.
Other new capabilities in these releases include support for a data mapping tool, rule integrity checking tools, and APIs that can enable case management-style applications, as well as improvements to the data modeler, rules editor, business resource planner, searching and sorting capabilities for task lists and more.
Sameer Parulkar, principal product marketing manager for Red Hat JBoss Middleware, says that the goal is to make it possible to employ Red Hat middleware across a range of application development services that now include modern microservices frameworks.
Given the fact that the shift to microservices is going to be a journey, Parulkar says Red Hat is positioning its middleware offerings as a bridge between legacy and modern application architectures that are likely to be continually used depending on the nature of the application workloads involved for years to come.
It’s obviously too early to forecast how quickly and to what extent IT organizations will embrace microservices. But the one thing that does appear to be clear is that Red Hat is trying to be ready for any and all eventualities.