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

Ashesh Badanisenior vice president, Cloud Platforms


Red Hat OpenShift provides organizations running mixed Windows and Linux workloads the benefits of a common Kubernetes platform with a single, cohesive solution to manage containers regardless of whether the cloud-native workloads are running Microsoft Windows or Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

To enable support for Windows Containers, Red Hat OpenShift uses the Windows Machine Config Operator (WMCO), a certified OpenShift operator based on the Kubernetes Operator Framework, jointly supported by both Red Hat and Microsoft. Red Hat OpenShift users can access the Windows Machine Config Operator via the Operator Hub to begin managing their Windows Containers within the OpenShift console.

Increased flexibility and control across heterogeneous environments
With the Windows Machine Config Operator as the linchpin, Red Hat OpenShift orchestrates both Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Windows to run as building blocks of applications and supports .NET Core applications, .NET Framework applications and other Windows applications. Organizations can then run Windows containers on Red Hat OpenShift wherever it is supported across the open hybrid cloud, including bare-metal servers, Microsoft Azure, AWS, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud and, in the future, VMware vSphere.

Red Hat OpenShift now provides organizations with the ability to:

  • Move Windows containers to Red Hat OpenShift without needing to completely re-architect or write new code.
  • Lower deployment costs for containerized workloads in heterogeneous IT environments.
  • Improve productivity and DevOps agility by providing cloud-native management through a single platform.
  • Greater portability and survivability of applications across hybrid cloud environments, including new public cloud deployments or edge installations.

Support for Windows Containers in Red Hat OpenShift will be available early 2021.

Supporting Quotes
Ashesh Badani, senior vice president, Cloud Platforms, Red Hat
“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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