Red Hat announced the release of Red Hat OpenShift 4.8. The latest version provides a foundation to develop and connect diverse workloads. It also helps organizations to create new cloud-native applications faster.
Accelerated development and simplified management
The new version is based on Kubernetes 1.21 and CRI-O 1.21 runtime interface, which makes it easier for the developer to expand the use case and workload possibilities. Some of the new features and enhancements are:
- IPv6/IPv4 dual-stack and IPv6 single stack support provides applications with interoperability and communications for environments using IPv6 in addition to IPv4 such as in Cloud-Native Network Functions for telecommunications, and government agencies globally that require IPv6 support. This capability helps provide additional security for applications, including regulatory compliance.
- OpenShift Pipelines now allows users to declaratively define, version, and track changes to their application delivery pipelines alongside their application source code in Git repositories. By doing so, developers can rely on the Git workflow to automate the deployment of their CI/CD pipelines, turning code into features at a faster and more secure pace for the business. Developers can rely on the Git workflow for managing their pipelines and leave an audit trail as Git commits as the pipelines are collaboratively updated throughout their lifecycle.
- An enhanced developer experience within the OpenShift console, including the ability for Spring Boot developers to code and test locally before sharing the code more broadly. Additionally, to further improve development with Serverless, Red Hat OpenShift 4.8 enables advanced scaling options for the developer console.
- OpenShift Serverless functions capability enables developers to create and run functions, on-demand, on OpenShift. Available as a technology preview, OpenShift Serverless functions help to simplify, automate and speed up application development and operations, removing the burden of manual infrastructure provisioning and scaling.
- OpenShift sandboxed containers, based on the Kata Containers open source project, provide a more secure container runtime using lightweight virtual machines. Available as a technology preview, this adds capabilities for specific workloads that require extremely stringent application-level security. While the vast majority of applications and services are well-served by the strong security features of Linux containers, sandboxed containers provide an additional layer of isolation ideal for highly sensitive tasks, such as privileged workloads or running untrusted code.
Joe Fernandes, Vice President and General Manager of Cloud Platforms at Red Hat said,
“Red Hat understands that no two applications are alike and each has unique needs. Red Hat OpenShift is designed to support organizations regardless of workload type or where an application lives across the hybrid cloud. With Red Hat OpenShift 4.8, we further that vision by making it even easier for organizations to run a diverse mix of workloads from data-driven intelligent applications to the mission critical traditional applications that teams are working to modernize.”