Google and Red Hat integrate OpenShift Dedicated and Google Cloud Platform to make adopting containers easier

In the coming months, we will be working closely with Red Hat to integrate and deliver OpenShift Dedicated — Red Hat’s managed container application platform — to customers on Google Cloud Platform. This will make adopting containers easier for customers.

We are committed to helping you get the most out of cloud, whether it be purely public, or a hybrid of public and private. Being the Open Cloud and growing investments in open source tools like Kubernetes are two facets of this. Our collaboration with Red Hat is another.

Together, we’ve made Google Compute Engine (GCE) a certified environment for Red Hat offerings, and have worked closely to unlock the power of containers through the Kubernetes project and the creation of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. We’re now deepening this relationship to integrate OpenShift Dedicated with Google Cloud Platform (GCP) services. In this initial phase, you’ll have access to improved support for containers using Kubernetes and OpenShift, as well as access to powerful GCP services designed to help you make better use of data.

Helping Customers Adopt and Operationalize Containers

Both Google and Red Hat have been hearing a consistent story from enterprise customers, who’ve told us that they plan to move containers from experimental projects to supporting production workloads. In doing so, they aim to add:

  • Improved security: Confidence that containerized applications are developed, deployed and maintained on validated platforms with appropriate provenance and governance.
  • Services and ecosystem: Delivering lifecycle services and open interfaces for partners to give developers and operators the ability to build and execute a broad array of microservice based applications.
  • Dynamic scheduling: Provide frictionless resources and management to enable flexible deployment of containers as workloads change.
  • Storage: Resilient access to application data regardless of container deployment locality.
  • Cross cloud portability and hybrid deployments: Consistent container deployment frameworks, resources and platforms wherever development and deployment occurs.

We’ve heard these requests and believe the combination of Google Cloud Platform and Kubernetes plus Red Hat OpenShift will help.

OpenShift inherits easy portability between and across environments using Kubernetes, enabling hybrid cloud deployments. Red Hat plans to offer OpenShift Dedicated (its managed OpenShift cloud service) on Google Cloud Platform. This service is underpinned by Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and marries Red Hat’s enterprise-grade container application platform with Google’s 10 years of operational expertise around containers. This allows you to accelerate development and enable your developers to focus on application creation rather than operational overhead.

Additionally, we’re pleased to announce that Google’s working on integrating Google Cloud Platform services (including big data, analytics and storage services) with OpenShift Dedicated, with the goal of enabling Red Hat customers to natively access these Google Cloud Platform offerings.

The Best of Open Source and Cloud

With the increasing breadth and maturity of Google Cloud Platform’s offerings, we’re well-suited to complement and integrate with on-premise enterprise infrastructure. Our expanding relationship with Red Hat makes this especially true for enterprise-focused developers in need of stable, more secure and open source solutions that include Google’s cloud services and global infrastructure footprint. If you’re interested in learning more about our plans for OpenShift Dedicated on Google Cloud Platform or becoming a beta tester, please let us know here.

- Posted by Martin Buhr, Product Manager, Google Cloud Platform