Red Hat, Inc., a global provider of open source solutions, has unveiled OpenShift GitOps and OpenShift Pipelines, new features of Red Hat OpenShift, the industry’s leading enterprise Kubernetes platform.
These capabilities help organizations to further reduce friction between development and operations teams by streamlining application development and deployment across the hybrid cloud.
DevOps methodologies promote a cultural shift by linking the work of development and operations teams into a more unified approach rather than separate silos, helping to bring applications to production more quickly. But many organizations still struggle in fully converting to DevOps, especially as much of the associated tooling is workflow- or software-specific, leading to disparate approaches across teams. OpenShift GitOps and OpenShift Pipelines help better unite application development and IT operations by enabling the teams to work together earlier in the development process while helping to deliver greater security, predictability and visibility throughout the entire application lifecycle.
With OpenShift GitOps and OpenShift Pipelines, we are working to remove the false wall between developers and IT operations, enabling the teams to work together earlier in the application development process. This not only helps to find and prevent defects more quickly in the software delivery process, but also streamlines the process as a whole by providing increased visibility and security across the lifecycle.
Faster, more scalable development
DevOps is the culture most IT organizations are striving for and CI/CD is a tool that can help them get there — but a bridge is still needed between the two. OpenShift GitOps helps to provide that bridge.
GitOps takes a developer-centric approach to building applications, using the Git repository as the single source of truth for both developers and operations teams. OpenShift GitOps, built from the open source Argo CD project, enables IT teams to implement GitOps workflows for cluster configuration and application delivery. By implementing a GitOps framework, updates and changes are pushed through declarative code, automating infrastructure and deployment requirements, and CI/CD, helping organizations to realize faster, more secure, scalable software development.
Additionally, OpenShift GitOps increases visibility into the state of clusters and applications and corrects deviations from the desired state if needed. The capability enables teams to have full visibility and traceability into changes rolled out to clusters, as every change is represented in the Git repository. This makes it easier to achieve consistency across Kuberenetes clusters spanning the open hybrid cloud.
Complete control over Pipelines
Based on the Tekton open source project, OpenShift Pipelines is designed to run each step of the CI/CD pipeline in its own container and allows each step to scale independently to meet the demands of the pipeline. For an operations team that is trying to optimize its infrastructure resources, limiting the resources required to support pipelines during quiet periods helps reduce the cost and overhead for running the pipeline the developers need.
OpenShift Pipelines provides a streamlined experience, enabling full control over a team’s delivery pipeline, plugins and access control with no central CI/CD server to manage.
Ashesh Badani, senior vice president, Cloud Platforms, Red Hat, commented, “With OpenShift GitOps and OpenShift Pipelines, we are working to remove the false wall between developers and IT operations, enabling the teams to work together earlier in the application development process. This not only helps to find and prevent defects more quickly in the software delivery process, but also streamlines the process as a whole by providing increased visibility and security across the lifecycle.”
Nikolas Philips, DevOps engineer, Baloise Group, said, “We are long time users of the Argo CD open source project which enables us to take a GitOps approach to application development and deliver applications more consistently. We’re looking forward to using OpenShift GitOps so that we have an enterprise version of the tool we already leverage, helping us to further scale our application development.”
Stefan Luthardt, tribe lead, Container Services, Fiducia & GAD IT AG, explained, “We have around 500 active developers working on our Vertriebsplattform application suite alone, so leveraging Git repositories as a single source of truth is imperative to our application development process. As long-time OpenShift users, we look forward to taking advantage of the capabilities that OpenShift GitOps provides.”
Tobias Denzler, DevOps solution architect, Helvetia, informed, “As we continue to scale our use of Kubernetes and containers in production we need to ensure our developer and IT operations teams are in sync every step of the way. We are excited about the release of OpenShift GitOps and OpenShift Pipelines to help our teams align earlier in the process to streamline our application development processes.”
OpenShift GitOps and OpenShift Pipelines are now available through the OperatorHub for subscribers to all Managed OpenShift services and the self-managed OpenShift Container Platform and OpenShift Platform Plus running Red Hat OpenShift 4.7 and higher.