Digital disruption is reshaping the modern enterprise, forcing businesses to differentiate themselves by seeking better and faster ways to implement new ideas through digital means. According to IDC1, enterprise IT is transforming itself by adopting innovative approaches and leveraging modern tools to deliver applications with unprecedented speed, scale and agility.

OpenShift offers a common platform for development and operations teams to ensure consistency and standardization of application components, eliminate configuration errors, automate deployment and controlled rollout of new capabilities into production, and rollback in the event of a failure. For environments with a high degree of security and regulatory requirements, additional capabilities are provided to enforce policies and role-based access control. It also provides a common platform for cloud-native, microservices applications alongside the existing traditional and stateful applications. Broad choice of application frameworks, programming languages, and developer tools enables customers to prototype innovative applications more quickly. OpenShift also enables access to a broad range of Red Hat and third party– provided application and middleware services, API management, and storage services.

IT organizations that want to decouple application dependencies from the underlying infrastructure are adopting container technology as a way to migrate and deploy applications across multiple cloud environments and datacenter footprints. OpenShift provides a consistent application development and deployment platform, regardless of the underlying infrastructure, and provides operations teams with a scalable, secure, and enterprise-grade application platform and unified container and cloud management capabilities.

Deploying and managing containers at scale is a complicated process. OpenShift enables efficient container orchestration, allowing rapid container provisioning, deploying, scaling, and management. The tool enhances the DevOps process by streamlining and automating the container management process. Cutting down on time that would otherwise be spent managing containers improves your company’s productivity and speeds up application development.

Case Study

1. DTMB

The State of Michigan’s Department of Technology, Management, and Budget (DTMB) supports internal and citizen-facing services for 19 state agencies. To keep pace with demand, the department sought to improve development, delivery, and reliability for agencies’ digital services by migrating to a container-based infrastructure. With this new environment based on Red Hat OpenShift, DTMB has reduced application delivery times while creating a scalable, vendor-agnostic foundation for future cloud adoption.

Benefits

1)Reduced time to market for new, digital data services

With a container-based environment for cloud-native development, DTMB can support innovative projects for the State of Michigan’s government agencies at the speed of demand.

“The modular nature of Red Hat OpenShift helps us speed our time to market,” said Harris. “We can now rapidly develop prototype applications and get digital services to citizens faster.”

For example, Michigan’s DHHS now uses its security-focused container environment to deliver healthcare applications and data securely to citizens, other agencies, and healthcare professionals, supporting more effective patient care.

2)Improved infrastructure security with consistent container images

DTMB ensures its container infrastructure meets regulatory and security requirements by enhancing Red Hat OpenShift with Red Hat Quay.

“We wanted to manage containers centrally, with built-in control, security, and visibility,” said David Tremblay, Director of Technical Services, State of Michigan DTMB. “We spent a lot of time up front figuring out permissions and making sure our containers follow best practices for success with Red Hat OpenShift. Red Hat Quay provides a good security baseline to help us fix vulnerabilities before code goes into production.”

3)Created flexible foundation for future cloud adoption

By automating various infrastructure management workflows with Ansible Automation Platform and Red Hat OpenShift, DTMB has created an efficient, reliable foundation to support its plans to adopt cloud computing as part of its IT environment.

“Containerizing our applications helped us establish a vendor-agnostic view of our infrastructure and gives us the freedom to move into cloud environments in the future, where appropriate,” said Harris.

4)Adopted collaborative work approach to improve efficiency

Working closely with Red Hat Consulting has not only helped shape DTMB’s initial implementation of its new container technology, but also accelerated cultural change within the organization. Now, operations teams and developers can use a common foundation to collaborate on projects.

“With an approach that is different from the way we’re used to working, we’ve been able to bring teams together to ask and answer difficult questions,” said Tremblay. “In the past, we faced drawn-out deployment cycles due to isolation and ineffective communication. Working with Red Hat to deploy OpenShift, and maintaining that relationship, has helped us create a process that has been very collaborative. Our developers feel invested in a platform they helped create.”

2. AvivaSA

Turkish pension and life insurance provider AvivaSA sought to expand its IT Modernization Program to prepare for government permission to use public cloud environments. To create a container- and microservices-based architecture, the company expanded its Red Hat environment with Red Hat OpenShift. Now, AvivaSA uses its responsive, reliable container platform to deliver services 95% faster while reducing costs by 23% — leading the way to a cloud-based future for Turkey’s finance industry.

Benefits

1)Reduced OpEx by 23%

AvivaSA has used the self-healing and auto-scaling capabilities built into the latest version of Red Hat OpenShift to help reduce its operational expenses (OpEx) by 23% by reducing manual work time for maintenance and other routine tasks. For example, SabancıDX’s team no longer needs to spend time monitoring and adjusting the production environment to meet service-level agreements (SLAs) that ensure service availability for customers.

“Previously, administrators had to react manually if a workload needed additional memory or CPU capacity, or if there was an error,” said Aydınyüz. “Red Hat OpenShift automatically restarts any application that encounters an error, decreasing service interruptions.”

More reliable operations means SabanciDX can now offer a pay-as-you-go model that contributes to AvivaSA’s financial savings.

“The computing capacity we are using today has increased, but our costs are still lower compared to our previous approach,” said Aydınyüz. “We pay our third-party provider for our actual hourly use of computing resources, such as CPU and memory. This is a new approach in Turkey that’s possible with the help of the metrics Red Hat OpenShift provides.”

2)Cut environment build times by more than 95%

Previously, creating new development environments took AvivaSA 3–4 days. Now, with Red Hat OpenShift, that same provisioning work can be completed in just 3 hours. As a result, the company has improved time to market for both updates and new features and services.

“Red Hat OpenShift lets us quickly set up a new environment or easily make changes to the applications running in production, with minimal disruption to our service availability,” said Aydınyüz.

3)Achieved high reliability for container environment

Dynamic management built into Red Hat OpenShift helps AvivaSA extend the reliability of its existing Red Hat architecture to its new, container-based environment.

“Any problems with the platform would bring the company to a halt. The total reliability Red Hat OpenShift delivers is essential to our business,” said Karadeli. “We have had no major issues or errors with either capacity or performance since we adopted Red Hat technology years ago.”

This reliability has helped AvivaSA extend its partnership with Akbank, which now operates some financial applications on Red Hat OpenShift on AvivaSA’s behalf.

4)Created foundation for future cloud adoption

Migrating critical core applications to Red Hat OpenShift on premise has helped AvivaSA be prepared if the Turkish government allows the use of cloud computing environments in the future.

“As a Kubernetes platform, Red Hat OpenShift ensures we are ready for public cloud when Turkish regulations allow,” said Aydınyüz. “It will make it very easy for us to move to a public or hybrid cloud environment.”

3. Ford

Ford Motor Company seeks to provide mobility solutions at accessible prices to its customers, including dealerships and parts distributors who sell to a variety of retail and commercial consumers. To speed delivery and simplify maintenance, the company sought to create a container-based application platform to modernize its legacy stateful applications and optimize its hardware use. With this platform, based on Red Hat OpenShift and supported by Red Hat and Sysdig technology, Ford has improved developer productivity, enhanced its security and compliance approach, and optimized its hardware use to improve operating costs. Now, the company can focus on exploring new ways to innovate, from big data to machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Benefits

1)Significantly increased developer productivity

Using OpenShift Container Platform, Ford has accelerated time to market by centralizing and standardizing its application development environment and compliance analysis for a consistent multicloud experience. For example, OpenShift’s automation capabilities help Ford deploy new clusters more rapidly.

These improvements are enhanced by the company’s shift from a traditional, waterfall approach to iterative DevOps processes and a continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) workflow.

Now, some of the same processes for stateful workloads take minutes instead of months, and developers no longer need to focus on underlying infrastructure with self-service provisioning. These improvements extend to Ford’s IT hosting, where the company has seen a significant productivity improvement for CaaS support. Dealers and plant operators gain access to new features, fixes, and updates faster through Ford’s multitenant OpenShift environment.

“With OpenShift, we have a common framework that can be reused for deploying applications or services within our datacenter or to any major cloud provider,” said Presnell. “We can now deliver features in a more secure, reliable manner.”

2)Enhanced security and compliance with enterprise container and monitoring technology

Companies in the automotive industry must comply with various security standards and regulations, such as Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) and personal data protection standards. When creating its new container platform, Ford sought to balance providing access to partners and developers with ensuring vulnerabilities and updates were addressed and working toward future adoption of a DevSecOps approach.

“In a container environment, moving applications and code continuously, security needs to be automated and built in from when a container is created,” said Payal Chakravarty, Vice President, Products, Sysdig. “Sysdig provides real-time vulnerability management in CI/CD pipelines. Security checks are in place to analyze code and identify issues before production.”

To support this approach, Ford standardized on Red Hat container images and registries using Red Hat Quay. OpenShift provides a unified management interface across Ford’s entire infrastructure, as well as built-in Security Enhanced Linux (SELinux) capabilities.

Sysdig Secure and Sysdig Monitor help Ford enhance this protection with improved, data-based insight into container infrastructure to run OpenShift in a compliant way. “Sysdig can tell us about a container’s network activity, can help us protect multiple containers running on a single host, and provide continuous monitoring and alerts,” said Puranam.

3)Significantly reduced hardware costs

Shifting to a container-based approach requires less initial hardware investment — and ongoing savings as Ford continues to modernize and migrate its legacy applications. The company has improved the efficiency of its hardware footprint by running OpenShift on bare metal and using its existing hardware more effectively.

“We were able to initially run OpenShift on a fleet of hardware that had literally been pulled out of our datacenter to be scrapped. We put that hardware back and are successfully running production OpenShift on it today,” said Puranam.

By establishing an approach for controlling costs and increasing profit margins, Ford can reallocate resources to higher-value projects to address new business opportunities faster.

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