Introducing Azure Red Hat OpenShift on OpenShift 4

For the past several years, Red Hat and Microsoft have worked together to co-develop hybrid cloud solutions intended to enable greater customer innovation. Last year, at Red Hat Summit 2019, Red Hat and Microsoft announced the general availability of Azure Red Hat OpenShift, the industry’s first jointly-engineered, managed and supported OpenShift service on a leading public cloud. Further extending our work together in the hybrid cloud, today at the Red Hat Summit virtual experience, Microsoft and Red Hat announced the general availability of Azure Red Hat OpenShift on OpenShift 4. azuregif Azure Red Hat OpenShift web console Azure Red Hat OpenShift enables you to create clusters in minutes, in a self-service fashion. Because this is a fully managed service, there are no VMs for you to manage. Patching, upgrading, repair, and disaster recovery are all handled for you as part of the service with best in class proactive 24/7 management and support from both Microsoft and Red Hat. With this release, we’re adding key features to Azure Red Hat OpenShift, including:
  • Cluster-admin support: We’ve enabled the cluster-admin role on Azure Red Hat OpenShift clusters, enabling full cluster customization capabilities, such as running privileged containers and installing Custom Resource Definitions (CRDs).
  • Cluster Autoscaling: Use the ClusterAutoscaler and MachineAutoscalers to automatically adjust the size of your cluster to meet current demand. Mix and match virtual machine sizes to your workloads.
  • Multi-Availability Zones clusters: To deliver high levels of resiliency, cluster components are now deployed across 3 Azure Availability Zones in supported Azure regions to maintain high availability for your most demanding mission-critical applications and data. Azure Red Hat OpenShift has a Service Level Agreement (SLA) of 99.9%.
  • Industry compliance certifications: To help you meet your compliance obligations across regulated industries and markets worldwide, Azure Red Hat OpenShift is now PCI DSS, FedRAMP High and HITRUST certified. Azure maintains the largest compliance portfolio in the industry both in terms of total number of offerings, as well as number of customer-facing services in assessment scope.
  • Bring your own identity provider: In addition to supporting authentication and authorization using Azure Active Directory, customers can now connect their supported identity providers, for example using OpenID Connect.
  • Azure Monitor support: Microsoft Azure is now extending monitoring support for Red Hat OpenShift 4 clusters hosted on Azure Red Hat OpenShift and on OpenShift Container Platform running on Azure or on-premises with Azure Monitor for containers. This support is currently in public preview.
  • Private API and ingress endpoints: Customers can now choose between public and private cluster management (API) and ingress endpoints. With private endpoints and Azure Express Route support we’re enabling private hybrid clusters, allowing our mutual customers to extend their on-premises solutions to Azure.
Azure Red Hat OpenShift with private endpoints OpenShift 4 is the industry’s most comprehensive enterprise Kubernetes platform, driven by the innovation of Kubernetes Operators to deliver full-stack automation from top to bottom. From Kubernetes to the core services that support OpenShift clusters to the application services deployed by end users; everything is managed with Operators. This release also brings key innovations from Red Hat OpenShift 4 to Azure Red Hat OpenShift such as:
  • Kubernetes 1.16 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux CoreOS: RHEL CoreOS provides a fully immutable, container optimized, operating system built from the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform, delivered and installed as a component of OpenShift.
  • Red Hat launched to provide a registry where users can find curated Kubernetes Operators. Users can now access the Operator Hub through Azure Red Hat OpenShift console, which includes community as well as Red Hat OpenShift Certified Operators.
  • OpenShift Service Mesh: Based on the Istio, Jaeger and Kali projects, OpenShift Service Mesh provides an integrated service mesh for enhanced security and network segmentation of microservices applications. This enables developers to focus on building business logic while letting the service mesh manage policy-defined microservice communications. They can also use integrated tracing and visualization capabilities to debug issues when they occur.
  • OpenShift Serverless: Built on the Knative framework, OpenShift Serverless enables developers to build functions based applications that have the ability to scale to zero, and only consume compute resources when functions execute.
For more information, head over to the Azure Red Hat OpenShift product page and follow the documentation to get started. - Vidhi Desai

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Red Hat Training and Certification COVID-19 Response

In response to current events, Red Hat Global Training + Certification has been evolving the way we work with customers and partners as well as the way we deliver our expertise. Due to COVID-19, many of our customers and partners are now subject to travel restrictions, quarantines and similar measures. Others may not be subject to such measures but are understandably reluctant to go to training and testing locations in the near future. Here are the ways in which we are working actively to meet the needs of the current situation. Expanded virtual training class offerings In light of social distancing mandates, we have expanded and scaled up our ability to deliver live virtual training classes as a replacement for in-person training events. This expansion includes the addition of courses to our virtual training catalog. Red Hat virtual training is real-time training conducted by live Red Hat-certified instructors in an interactive, virtual environment, giving you the same industry-respected content and hands-on labs as the corresponding classroom-based courses, including virtual lab machines that run actual products.   Cancellation flexibility The health and safety of our customers, partners, and fellow Red Hatters is a focal priority. Due to social distancing mandates, we are giving our students, customers and partners full flexibility to cancel and reschedule any previously scheduled classes or exams.   Extending Training Unit lifespan The lifespan of a Red Hat Training Unit is typically 12 months. Due to restrictions of testing and training locations, any Training Unit accounts purchased between now and June 30, 2020, will have a 15 month validity.   Extended exam window Red Hat Certified Professionals (RHCPs) are invaluable ambassadors for Red Hat and open source, and are critical assets to the organizations that employ them. Their health and well-being are very important to us. COVID-19 has caused the closure of many of our testing locations worldwide. Due to changes in the availability of testing locations, we are extending the period during which students can take certification exams by three months.   Postponed certification expiration We are extending all certifications set to expire between March 17, 2020, and September 30, 2020, to October 1, 2020. Affected RHCPs have been notified. Some questions have arisen about the approach we are taking. Why not extend all certifications? Why extend certifications expiring in September by just weeks or days? In the spirit of open source and the open organization, we want to be transparent and share our answers. First, the approach we are taking is the one we could put into effect most quickly from a technical perspective and set the minds of RHCPs at ease soonest. Second, the approach is fair and proportional. We do not know what the situation will be in six months. Our response weights the known present more heavily than the unknown future. We will plan to revisit the extension date if that becomes necessary.   Discounts on digital learning We have put certain discounts and promotions in place around our digital learning offerings in order to make them more accessible. These discounts vary by geography. Students can check with their local Red Hat Training + Certification teams to determine what promotions may be available.   Looking to the future We’re optimists, and hope for a better situation in the near future. We are also realists, and thus are working actively to develop new ways to meet the needs of the current situation. We wish health and safety to everyone, their loved ones, their colleagues and their communities.
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What does it mean to be an RHCA

RHCA: What does it mean to be an RHCA? (Part One)

Red Hat Certification has worked to make sure that IT professionals are certified to show they are proficient in their chosen field and to ensure employers hire the best candidates to solve problems and complete IT projects effectively and efficiently. This article is the first part of a two part series around Red Hat Certified Architects Part One: RHCA: What does it mean to be a RHCA? Part Two: RHCA: RHCA + Renewals 

What is an RHCA?

A Red Hat® Certified Architect (RHCA) is a Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE®) or Red Hat Certified JBoss Developer (RHCJD) who attained Red Hat’s highest level of certification by passing and keeping current five additional hands-on exams on Red Hat technologies. IT professionals are able to select what they wish to focus on or choose from a suggested concentration on either DevOps, Cloud, Datacenter, Enterprise applications development, and Application platform.

What are RHCA Levels?

Once upon a time, there were just 5 specific exams one could take beyond RHCE in order to earn RHCA. Over the years, we have added new exams and certifications to our catalog. RHCAs were among those earning these new certifications but earning them provided no incremental benefit or recognition to their RHCA status. Two years ago, we changed the policy so that IT professionals no longer had to take five specific exams. Additionally, we decided to recognize the RHCAs that went above and beyond the five-exam requirement, and we introduced RHCA levels. RHCA Levels show that an IT professional that has passed more than five exams within the RHCA path, which certifies/proves that this individuals has an even broader understanding of the Red Hat product portfolio. For example, an IT professional that has passed seven exams would be a RHCA Level III. An accomplishment that recognizes the the most elite IT professionals, becoming an RCHA is the highest level of certification Red Hat offers.

What it takes to be an RHCA

As we discussed in part one of this series, a Red Hat® Certified Architect (RHCA) is a Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE®) or Red Hat Certified JBoss Developer (RHCJD) who attained Red Hat’s highest level of certification by passing and keeping current five additional hands-on exams on Red Hat technologies.

What that means

RHCE and RHCJD have significantly different job roles and skills sets, which means that the certifications that an IT professional can apply towards earning a RHCA is dependent on if you are RHCE or RHCJD. Though, there are a handful of certifications/exams that can be earned by both. In some cases, especially for the DevOps concentration, certifications may be applied for either a RHCA or RHCJD.

Eligible certifications for RHCE and RHCJD to apply towards RHCA

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5 Private Cloud Providers Compared

5 Private Cloud Providers Compared

Choosing the right private cloud solution is not an easy task. Here's how private cloud options from Microsoft, VMware, OpenStack, CloudStack and Platform9 compare in terms of management, compatibility, complexity and security.

Getting the Most From Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing is one of the most hyped and publicized trends in IT. That's because, done effectively, a cloud-based, 'virtualized' infrastructure can offer advantages over traditional datacenter buildouts in the areas of performance, scalability, and even security. As they develop their strategies for implementing cloud computing, many organizations are facing a choice: to deploy a private cloud or leverage a public cloud. So what are the differences between the two, and which is right for you?

Public Cloud vs Private Cloud

Generally speaking, a public cloud consists of a service or set of services that are purchased by a business or organization and delivered via the Internet by a third-party provider. These services use storage capacity and processor power that is not owned by the business itself. Instead, this capacity (in the form of servers and datacenters) can be owned either by the primary vendor (e.g. an online storage/backup company) or by a cloud infrastructure vendor. A private cloud is essentially an extension of an enterprise's traditional datacenter that is optimized to provide storage capacity and processor power for a variety of functions. "Private” refers more to the fact that this type of platform is a non-shared resource than to any security advantage. Private cloud software has to work with the virtualization layer that is providing the resources, enabling a management interface for the self-service aspect along with a management interface for the IT administrator. All of this has to be accomplished at a reasonable price and with adequate support if you plan on making your private cloud a part of your core business strategy. With all software investments today, and especially when it comes to virtualization and cloud software, the additional question of going with open source also has to be taken into consideration with the pros and cons that come with it. Thus below, you'll notice a mix of proprietary as well as open source private cloud options and what each has to offer.

Microsoft Private Cloud

While Microsoft was a bit late to the virtualization and cloud arena, the software giant has spent considerable resources catching up and leveraging experience to avoid some of the mistakes other vendors in this space have made. Microsoft's private cloud software is part of the System Center 2012 R2 offering. System Center incorporates several products under one umbrella including Virtual Machine Manager, Data Protection Manager, Endpoint protection and Operations Manager.
  • Microsoft's System Center will support and centrally manage Windows 2012 Hyper-V hosts along with third party hypervisors from Citrix and VMware; KVM is a notable exception that is not included at this time. While the hypervisors are agnostic, the current lack of active third party network providers, including Cisco, is worth noting and may be limiting to some customers.
  • Microsoft's private cloud offering focuses on the application life cycle combined with automation and monitoring in one package. This, coupled with a straightforward ability to create self-service portals based on mature IIS features, helps with the installation process. Leveraging the .NET framework does allow for additional extensions and troubleshooting.
  • Security can be leveraged off of existing Active Directory resources without the complexity of setting up single sign on (SSO). However this can open up additional security risks based on existing Windows Server vulnerabilities.
  • While the pieces in the package may not go feature for feature when compared to other offerings, the single SKU does make licensing and purchasing easier.

VMware vCloud Suite Private Cloud

VMware is one of the oldest players in the virtualization market and has an established record of performance and reliability. VMware's products have the ability to scale to some of the most demanding workloads. VMware has incorporated several products into its private cloud offering allowing customers to choose ala cart what features they would like to use. VMware's vCloud Suite comes in three different versions (Standard, Advanced and Enterprise) with each incorporating additional products and features.
  • VMware vCloud Suite does support other hypervisors, including Hyper-V and KVM, however extensive single pane of glass management is not advertised, as the favored hypervisor is ESXi.
  • The Advanced edition of vCloud Suites adds vRealize Business for vSphere and Enterprise version includes vCenter Site Recovery Manager on top of the vRealize Business Suite. vRealize Business offers cost, usage and metering ability while vCenter Site Recovery Manager is policy-based disaster recovery.
  • The vCloud Suite is packaged and requires license upgrades together as a single entity, however it is a collection of separate products, which can lead to confusion with support, and installation when compared to other offerings.
  • Frequent product name changes lead to confusion on what the products do, which ones are needed, upgradable or even owned in some cases.
  • vCloud has the ability to integrate with VMware's software defined networking offering NSX, however this is an additional licensing fee with all versions of vCloud.
  • Established enterprise class security at the hypervisor and network layers for easy user integration with Active Directory single sign on and its complexities are required.
  • Support for VMware Virtual SAN and OpenStack allow for flexibility in both storage and third party cloud integration tools.

OpenStack Private Cloud

OpenStack is one of the most popular open source cloud operating options today. It has the ability to manage compute, storage and networking and deploy them is an easy to use, but somewhat feature limited dashboard. Unlike VMware and Microsoft, OpenStack does not have its own hypervisor.
  • OpenStack can be used with VMware's ESXi, Microsoft's Hyper-V, or Citrix Xen, however it is most often used with KVM, which is also open source. With more vendors including OpenStack APIs this will encourage more adoption.
  • OpenStack supports a wide range of software and hardware due to its open source nature. This allows for flexible architecture that can support both legacy and new hardware platforms.
  • While the capital cost of the software is free (since it's open source) the soft cost in training your IT staff will have to be accounted for.
  • Similar to other open source offerings, a community support model is in place over paid maintenance, this may require trained staff for immediate support needs.
  • With so many community developers and quality feedback from users the complexity of installation and operation is simpler than might be expected. OpenStack is directly focused on the cloud platform and does not have additional pieces which reduces complexity.

Platform9 OpenStack Private Cloud

Platform9 is a private cloud provider based on OpenStack that does not reside onsite. Platform9 uses an OpenStack as a service model to allow organizations to manage their private clouds from an external cloud. While this might seem a bit unusual for a private cloud solution, the key point to remember is that your data still resides inside your data center, it's simply the management piece that is external to your company.
  • Platform9 currently supports the KVM hypervisor with VMware ESXi in beta testing. Currently there are no plans for Hyper-V or Citrix Xen listed.
  • Being a hosted solution there is no software to install or upgrade. Platform9 handles all patches and upgrades to the OpenStack core.
  • Simplified user portal, image management and infrastructure discovery allow for reduced administrative overhead while leveraging the scalability and reliability of OpenStack.
  • Policy based deployments with infrastructure monitoring brings many of the popular public cloud features into the private cloud space without limited complexity.
  • No capital costs to get started; the solution is priced as a monthly service fee.

Apache CloudStack Private Cloud

Another contender in the open source private cloud space is Apache's CloudStack. The CloudStack solution supports a wide range of hypervisors from VMware, Microsoft, Citrix and KVM. CloudStack is offered as a complete solution minus the hypervisor, allowing companies to have a robust management interface, usage metering and image deployment. Storage tiering and Active Directory are also included with limited software defined networking.
  • Unlike OpenStack, which focuses on the core cloud aspect, CloudStack is looking to provide everything under the single open source umbrella.
  • CloudStack is an economical approach to the private cloud with many popular features included. One concern is the quality of those features, along with the support that exists with open source software.
  • It includes a Java-based management agent, which may cause some concerns regarding performance, security and version splintering.

Private Cloud Feature Comparison

Microsoft Private Cloud
Compatibility Single pane of glass for Hyper-V, VMware ESXi and Citrix Xen servers, although detail of management support is not clear.
Complexity Single product makes it easy (but expensive) to purchase. Because System Center contains so many related products, installation and upgrades can be complex.
Security Relies on the existing Active Directory / IIS frameworks allowing for ease of operations.
Summary Microsoft's private cloud with System Center is a good option businesses looking to get started with a private cloud. Cost is packaged, but System Center itself is a very complex product and a bit large in overhead when compared to some of the other offerings.
VMware vCloud Suite Private Cloud
Compatibility Ability to manage top three hypervisors, but limited information on to what detail.
Complexity Suite variants with add-ons can make purchasing complex. Products are separate features making installing and upgrades more complex.
Security Mature security in core products, integration with Active Directory requires single sign on.
Summary VMware's vCloud Suite is a collection of best of breed technologies that allow for enterprise class performance, reliability and scalability. The ala cart approach combined with frequent name changes does increase the complexity for licensing, purchasing, installing and maintaining, even as the majority of products are bundled in a loose collection.
OpenStack Private Cloud
Compatibility Primary focus is on KVM but VMware's hypervisor is gaining support. Limited attention on Citrix Xen and Microsoft Hyper-V.
Complexity Fairly easy to get started with community created documentation.
Security Security is based on security domains and trusts. Third-party LDAP server can do authentication; support for multi-factor authentication is available as well.
Summary OpenStack is a private cloud offering that can scale from SMBs to larger enterprises. While there is concern over support with open source software, a robust community does exist. With the open source nature of OpenStack, several vendors have used it as their cloud layer, adding additional features and functions.
Platform9 OpenStack Private Cloud
Compatibility Official support for KVM; VMware hypervisor support is in beta. No published plans for Citrix Xen or Microsoft Hyper-V at this time.
Complexity Quick and easy to get started with as there is no software to install.
Security Management is being done offsite, which could present security concerns for some organizations.
Summary Platform9 is the cloud platform for the folks that want many of the features of a cloud without the management complexity. While you won't find some of the advanced features that other vendors include, such as software defined networking, Platform9 will appeal to those looking to get started without the lead-time and costs of many of the other solutions. The biggest hurtle with Platform9 today is the lack of full VMware and Hyper-V support.
Apache CloudStack Private Cloud
Compatibility Supports VMware ESXi, Citrix Xen, Microsoft Hyper-V and KVM. No single pane of glass for detailed management.
Complexity Multiple products under a single open source umbrella may present challenges for installation and configuration, coupled with primary support being forum based is cause for concerns.
Security While support for Active Directory exists, along with security zones, the inclusion of Java-based management agents may present additional security concerns.
Summary CloudStack is a complete open source private cloud offering that can scale up to enterprise needs. However, with limited customer references, until CloudStack receives more exposure in the enterprise space it may be more suited for smaller or classroom deployments.