Tech at the Edge: OpenShift 4, DataStax Toasts Cassandra 4.0 + HyTrust's "Free" Container Security

9 of 10 cybersecurity pros say security continues to be a "prime" concern
9 of 10 cybersecurity pros say security continues to be a "prime" concern
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NEW YORK - May 9, 2019 - PRLog -- Most large organizations have a hybrid or multi-cloud estate with different data center environments spread across several geographies. Hybrid strategies are a valid current approach for organizations that want to retain their own data center for regulatory reasons. 90% of global organizations will have a multicloud strategy in place.

In this episode of "Tech at the Edge", Red Hat ushers in the next era of the Kubernetes with OpenShift 4, DataStax toasts Cassandra 4.0 and HyTrust pitches free Container Security.

As more companies transform their businesses, Linux containers and Kubernetes have emerged as core technologies in the multi-billion dollar market for cloud-native application platforms. Kubernetes is an open-source container orchestration system for automating application deployment, scaling, and management.

Experts estimate the application container software market should grow to more than $5.5 billion by 2023.

In our top story, Red Hat hopes to redefine Enterprise Kubernetes with OpenShift 4, its next gen platform. "OpenShift 4 supports the evolving needs of application development and expands the platform" says the company, "(It) brings the innovation of full stack automated operations and updates, as well as expanded developer capabilities."

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Some recent examples of how leading companies are benefiting from enterprise Kubernetes include:

Lufthansa Technik: A leading providers of repair services for commercial airlines, LT created a digital platform to support digital products for its end users in development and operations. This helped them better predict events and, as a result, save time and money.

Macquarie Bank: To transform its digital banking infrastructure, Macquarie moved to a cloud-based solution. The company is using OpenShift to iteratively modernize legacy applications and deploy microservices in containers to streamline and automate their lifecycles.

Porsche: The company's answer to the digital transformation of a worldwide automotive trade network is agility by design. It is using the OpenShift Container Platform and Storage to orchestrate the end-customer applications and support a portable development process. New applications that once took over a week are up and running after just a few hours reducing time-to-market by 90% – from weeks to days.

X by Orange: Focusing on business-to-business digital services, X by Orange created a software-defined strategy to help it more quickly create and release new services and give it a "provider agnostic" Kubernetes platform on top of multicloud infrastructure.

Meanwhile, the Cassandra open source project powers some the world's most demanding applications at companies like Facebook, Netflix, FedEx, and Walmart. Cassandra is a distributed database system that is designed for storing and managing large amounts of data across commodity servers

Santa Clara, California-based DataStax has been a huge contributor to the project since its inception more than 10 years ago.

In fact, the company is now doubling down on its support for Cassandra. DataStax recently pledged to deliver new contributions into Cassandra 4.0 including updates to Java, C++, C#, PHP, Python, Node.js, and Ruby drivers, testing support and ongoing bug fixes.

"A successful open source project requires a broad spectrum of support, including documentation, code contribution, testing, and bug fixing, to name a few," said DataStax CTO Jonathan Ellis. "I'm thrilled to commit greater resources to supporting this project.

The company is preparing to host the world's premier Cassandra gathering, called "Accelerate" near Washington, D.C. from May 21-23, 2019. The conference will give developers and Cassandra users an exclusive opportunity to discuss their experiences with dedicated engineering experts, including many of the biggest contributors to the Cassandra project.

In other news from the edge, the adoption of cloud computing shows no signs of slowing, yet nine out of 10 cybersecurity professionals report that security continues to be a prime concern.

Applications are being built or "re-factored" using DevOps-style development into container-based, cloud-native architectures. But this creates a huge challenge… How can companies provide consistent security, compliance and high availability across this heterogeneous, dynamic environment?

"Client confidentiality and security are our top priorities." says Karl Hopkins, CSO at Dentons, a decentralised multinational law firm. "Many of today's container security offerings are basically point security products, (which) can complicate operations and impede cloud agility."

Seems aegis is destined to always take a back seat DevOps, right?. Not so fast, says one company in the cloud infrastructure space is asking an interesting question: what if you offered free container security for "free"? Or in other words, rolling those costs into the platform.

To promote container security adoption, HyTrust is offering no-cost CloudControl licenses for Kubernetes-orchestrated container environments as it launches CloudControl 6.0, an expansion on its security offering for vSphere and NSX that now includes AWS and Kubernetes.

"VMware's largest customers trust CloudControl  to secure their cloud infrastructure and meet compliance" said Eric Chiu, founder and president of HyTrust. "With CloudControl 6.0, they can use the same product to protect their next-generation platforms, too."

Market research shows companies are moving to hybrid cloud models for VMs and containers. "HyTrust's expansion into multi-cloud and Kubernetes makes a lot of sense" said Tony Palmer, Senior Analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. "Customers will want a single solution to manage those different platforms."

"Tech at the Edge" is produced by TVP in New York City. and sponsored by RestonLogic, cloud wizards leveraging over 10 years experience helping companies automate, transform and build highly-secure and stable systems. RestonLogic offers a complete suite of IT and cybersecurity solutions from managed services to strategic advisory. Visit RestonLogic dot com to book a strategy session today.

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