The first managed OpenShift solution in the cloud

Published on June 07, 2018

The first managed OpenShift solution in the cloud

Original author: Brendan Burns
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Hi, Habr! At the Red Hat Summit 2018 in San Francisco, we, together with Red Hat, presented OpenShift on the Azure platform - the first fully managed and easy-to-use container platform OpenShift as a cloud service. Today we will talk about it in more detail and tell you how you can get more insiders. Look under the cat!

After OpenShift Dedicated on Azure was announced last year, Microsoft and Red Hat created a new solution based on user feedback. It offers customers much more than the original version of the product. OpenShift Dedicated is a fully manageable and customizable solution, making it easy and convenient to use on Azure.

What does “fully controlled” mean? Red Hat and Microsoft will jointly develop, manage, and support OpenShift on Azure. Being a fully managed service, it will receive ongoing support as a single project, thereby providing comprehensive user support that is not inferior in quality to Azure support. According to our customers, when using other cloud-based OpenShift-solutions, they did not have the advantages resulting from the use of services within one supplier. We are pleased to be able to meet this important need.

Despite the fact that today OpenShift is used in many cloud environments, the recently announced OpenShift on Azure has become easier to configure and use with native Azure integration mechanisms, you can also use Kubernetes, which is the basis of the Azure Kubernetes Service.

If you want to create a new OpenShift cluster, you do not need to create a service request and spend several hours waiting for the network components to connect (as it does in other clouds). Instead, you can use the Azure CLI to execute various commands:

Get a new cluster in minutes, faster and easier than other public cloud solutions available now.

Open Service Broker for Azure (OSBA) also works with OpenShift for Azure, including the Azure Stack, and automatically detects and displays a list of available Azure services such as Cosmos DB, Azure KeyVault, and others. OSBA increases the effectiveness of everything you implement using OpenShift on Azure, allowing you to easily integrate other objects moved into Azure. This is another handy feature that allows you to quickly launch a project, as well as connect it to other existing or planned projects on Azure.

What's even nicer for customers is that all of this comes with the recently announced Azure Stack and Windows Container support for the local OpenShift Container platform, which is perfect for corporate customers who want to use a hybrid cloud container platform that is simultaneously supported on both RHEL and Windows Learn how to deploy the OpenShift Container Platform to the Azure Stack right now.


The Red Hat OpenShift solution on Azure is expected to be available in the coming months as an open demo. The Red Hat OpenShift Container and Red Hat Enterprise Linux platforms are currently available on Azure and Azure Stack.

If you want more insights

On June 16 in Moscow at the DevOps Days Microsoft conference together with Red Hat will hold a master-class “DevOps, Red Hat, Microsoft and all-all-all”. At the master class, we show how quickly and beautifully your daily tasks are solved in the Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform on Microsoft Azure.

What will happen?

  • The source2image mechanism in OpenShift. You (and your colleagues in the DevOps team) just take a link to git and give it to Openshift, then it will do everything by itself: it will assemble itself and deploy the application, show the metric, logs, otmashabiruet on given nodes to the specified values. Developers do not need to bother with what and how to do at the infrastructure level, they just continue to do the usual work, with the usual means - they write code, clone their repositories - and wait for it to get ready.
  • Accounting and control. Expanding WordPress from a container image to make a look for your cat. We show how our container does not start just like that, because it needs privileges. We will tell and show how things are going with security on this example and give special privileges to the container, then we will see how it will start up anyway, link the database to it and make the first super blog post.
  • Schrödinger or Blue / Green Deployment colored squares through the Jenkins Pipeline, which will be deployed in one (but not exactly) click in OpenShift - a spherical vacuum scenario showing how to make the new version of the application available to users with zero downtime and without loss of nerves both dev and ops.


Ivan Fateev is a technological evangelist in Microsoft Russia. Ivan specializes in modern application architecture and best practices in software development. Ivan has extensive experience in server development and in client. He began his web development career in 2008. Then in 2010 he switched to client development of iOS applications, then games. At the moment, Ivan specializes in developing applications using cloud technologies.

Pavel Mamontov - Production company "Aquarius". Open Source Advocate. Leading Container Technology Specialist at Aquarius Production Company, NKK.