Red Hat adds more Cloud Services to support OpenShift apps

Updates aim to ease complexities of building applications for a hybrid cloud environment


Red Hat Summit Red Hat has expanded its Red Hat Cloud Services that support the OpenShift application platform, adding new components to help with the development of hybrid applications such as a Service Registry, plus middleware to make it easier to link to cloud database services.

Announced to coincide with the Red Hat Summit in Boston, the new additions to the Cloud Services portfolio come along with updates to some existing components. The idea is to appeal to organizations struggling with the complexities of building applications for a hybrid cloud environment, the company said.

"Customers need solutions that eliminate complexity in their hybrid environments, enabling their application infrastructure to be more resilient, manageable, and observable," Red Hat senior vice president Ashesh Badani said in a statement.

For developers, perhaps the most interesting will be Red Hat OpenShift Database Access, which is intended to provide a consistent interface for database-as-a-service (DBaaS) facilities offered by cloud providers.

It enables an OpenShift administrator to provision and manage access to multiple third-party database services so that such connections are available "on the shelf" within the OpenShift environment for devs to easily pull into applications.

This was actually first unveiled as an alpha version for evaluation purposes late last year, but is now ready for production use.

The alpha release was an add-on service to Red Hat OpenShift Service on AWS (ROSA) and OpenShift Dedicated (OSD), which is also hosted on AWS, and initial support included just MongoDB Atlas for MongoDB and Crunchy Bridge for Postgres. More DBaaS products will follow, Red Hat said.

The second addition is Red Hat OpenShift Service Registry, which is a fully hosted and managed registry service for OpenShift API Management. This is delivered and managed by Red Hat itself – with high availability promised – and allows developers to publish and reuse artifacts such as APIs and schemas to avoid duplication.

Completing the trio of additions is Red Hat OpenShift Connectors, which provides a collection of over 50 pre-built connectors for various applications and services such as Amazon S3, Salesforce, and SQL Server. It also enables no-code integration with Red Hat OpenShift Streams for Apache Kafka, providing a convenient way to build scalable and reliable pipelines for Kafka applications, according to Red Hat.

The open-source giant announced "advancements" to other components of the Cloud Services portfolio, which includes updates to the Red Hat OpenShift Data Science service for developing machine learning (ML) models, which bring improved support for compliance, including PCI regulations.

Also updated is Red Hat OpenShift Streams for Apache Kafka, which delivers better identity and access management, plus metrics and monitoring dashboards, while PCI certifications have been added for improved compliance.

PCI compliance has also been added to the cloud-hosted Red Hat OpenShift API Management service, along with ISO, and SOC2 certification and an API designer preview. ®

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