Red Hat Builds a Common Kubernetes Foundation for Windows and Linux Container Workloads with Windows Containers Support for Red Hat OpenShift


Red Hat, Inc., the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the ability to run and manage Windows Containers through Red Hat OpenShift, the industry’s leading enterprise Kubernetes Platform. With the ability to manage both Linux and Windows-based containerized workloads side-by-side, IT teams can eliminate the need for parallel software stacks in environments across the hybrid cloud.

According to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation 2020 Cloud Native Survey, this year, 92% of survey respondents say they use containers in production — a 300% increase from just 23% in the first survey in March 2016. As use of containers in production has continued to expand, Red Hat sees the need for an enterprise Kubernetes platform that can not only span all open hybrid cloud infrastructure, but also the variety of workloads and applications running on this foundation.

A common platform for Windows and Linux container innovations
As organizations move to modernize more of their applications with containers, the vast majority of these workloads are supported by two leading operating systems — Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Microsoft Windows. However, heterogeneous environments with both Windows and Linux platforms often silo applications, making it difficult for enterprises to transform and scale their operations. Red Hat OpenShift smooths out IT processes by now enabling both Windows and Linux based containerized applications to be managed side-by-side by a single control plane.

“Red Hat OpenShift already provides enterprises with a powerful foundation to connect workloads across the hybrid cloud and with each new feature or capability we aim to further that mission. With Red Hat OpenShift support for Windows Containers, organizations no longer need to manage separate IT stacks for their Linux and Windows containers — helping to break down silos and make it easier for enterprises to pursue their cloud-native agenda.”

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