Red Hat and Microsoft fuel hybrid cloud development with Azure Red Hat OpenShift – Stories

  • Co-developed solution brings the industry’s most comprehensive enterprise Kubernetes platform to Microsoft Azure
  • First jointly managed OpenShift offering in the public cloud now available

BOSTON – RED HAT SUMMIT 2019 – MAY 7, 2019 – Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, and Microsoft Corp. today announced the general availability of Azure Red Hat OpenShift, which brings a jointly-managed enterprise-grade Kubernetes solution to Microsoft’s a leading public cloud, Microsoft Azure. Azure Red Hat OpenShift provides a powerful on-ramp to hybrid cloud computing, enabling IT organizations to use Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform in their datacenters and more seamlessly extend these workloads to use the power and scale of Azure services. The availability of Azure Red Hat OpenShift marks the first jointly managed OpenShift offering in the public cloud.

Both Red Hat and Microsoft recognize the importance of hybrid cloud computing to modern IT, as organizations look to expand resources with public cloud infrastructure while maintaining existing on-premises investments. Kubernetes provides a common bridge between the datacenter and public cloud environments, making it a key technology in enabling true hybrid cloud computing.

Azure Red Hat OpenShift combines the innovation of enterprise Kubernetes with the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, running on the scale and power of Azure. Together, these technologies provide a powerful solution for more easily managing and orchestrating cloud-native workloads across a hybrid cloud environment. With Azure Red Hat OpenShift, customers can also bring containerized applications into workflows where they exist, while mitigating many of the inherent complexities of container management.

A fully-managed, jointly-operated service, Azure Red Hat OpenShift is backed by both the open source expertise of Red Hat and the public cloud might of Microsoft. Customers receive an integrated experience, including unified sign-up, on-boarding, service management and technical support. The service is added into customers’ existing Azure bill, further streamlining the user experience.

Additionally, Azure Red Hat OpenShift offers enterprise developers and operations teams:

  • Fully managed clusters with master, infrastructure and application nodes managed by Microsoft and Red Hat; plus, no VMs to operate and no patching required.
  • Regulatory compliance will be provided through compliance certifications similar to other Azure services.
  • Enhanced flexibility to more freely move applications from on-premise environments to the Azure public cloud via the consistent foundation of OpenShift.
  • Greater speed to connect to Azure services from on-premises OpenShift deployments.
  • Extended productivity with easier access to Azure public cloud services such as Azure Cosmos DB, Azure Machine Learning and Azure SQL DB for building the next-generation of cloud-native enterprise applications.

Azure Red Hat OpenShift represents Red Hat and Microsoft’s continued mutual commitment to provide a powerful, supported and more secure choice for developing and deploying hybrid cloud workloads. Jointly supported by both companies, IT organizations can have greater confidence in adopting hybrid cloud innovation that meets the requirements of mission-critical workloads in production.

Microsoft and Red Hat are also collaborating to bring customers containerized solutions with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 on Azure, Red Hat Ansible Engine 2.8 and Ansible Certified modules. In addition, the two companies are working to deliver SQL Server 2019 with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 support and performance enhancements.

Availability

Azure Red Hat OpenShift is available now via Microsoft Azure.

Supporting Quotes

Paul Cormier, president, Products and Technologies, Red Hat

“Hybrid cloud provides a clear vision into the future of enterprise computing, where public cloud services stand alongside virtualization, Linux containers and bare-metal servers. Together, this forms the new datacenter in the hybrid cloud world. Azure Red Hat OpenShift provides a consistent Kubernetes foundation for enterprises to realize the benefits of this hybrid cloud model. This enables IT leaders to innovate with a platform that offers a common fabric for both app developers and operations.”

Scott Guthrie, executive vice president, Cloud and AI Group, Microsoft

“Microsoft and Red Hat share a common goal of empowering enterprises to create a hybrid cloud environment that meets their current and future business needs. Azure Red Hat OpenShift combines the enterprise leadership of Azure with the power of Red Hat OpenShift to simplify container management on Kubernetes and help customers innovate on their cloud journeys.”

Dave Moore, senior vice president, Travel Solutions Platform Development, Sabre

“Hybrid cloud technologies fuel our next generation platform, with Red Hat OpenShift forming the common, modern foundation for us to build innovative, cloud-native applications that can span from our data centers to the public cloud. Red Hat OpenShift simplifies our ability to create services that work more seamlessly across hybrid cloud architectures, letting us consume cloud-scale resources, including on Azure, while also enabling us to move workloads wherever and whenever needed through Red Hat OpenShift.”

Additional Resources

Connect with Red Hat

About Red Hat, Inc.

Red Hat is the world’s leading provider of enterprise open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to deliver reliable and high-performing Linux, hybrid cloud, container, and Kubernetes technologies. Red Hat helps customers integrate new and existing IT applications, develop cloud-native applications, standardize on our industry-leading operating system, and automate, secure, and manage complex environments. Award-winning support, training, and consulting services make Red Hat a trusted adviser to the Fortune 500. As a strategic partner to cloud providers, system integrators, application vendors, customers, and open source communities, Red Hat can help organizations prepare for the digital future.

About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.               

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Unitrends Cloud Backup protects remote endpoints

Unitrends Cloud Backup aims to eliminate the need for local backup infrastructure for remote offices.

The product is an agent that can be installed on laptops or other workstations. It replicates from those devices directly to the Unitrends Cloud, without the need to go through an on-premises backup appliance. Devices can also restore from the cloud through Unitrends Cloud Backup (UCB).

Unitrends is known for its Recovery Series of backup appliances, with prices and capacities that span a broad range of use cases and business sizes. Even so, Joe Noonan, vice president of product management and marketing at Unitrends, based in Burlington, Mass., acknowledged there were still coverage gaps, and UCB filled the role of backing up workstation environments.

“What we were missing was a solid workstation approach, where folks don’t really require fast local recovery; they just needed to make sure they could get backup data protected off site,” Noonan said. “It’s an adequate way of protecting those kinds of machines, and in the end, it removes the additional burden and cost of managing local backups, servers and appliances.”

Noonan said Unitrends’ managed service provider partners wanted a way to protect end users on desktops in a remote or branch office, or on roaming company laptops. These machines were in danger of data loss if their hard drives failed or they became lost or stolen. Being able to directly replicate them to the Unitrends Cloud via UCB was much more cost-effective than building and staffing local backup infrastructure.

Noonan said recovery from the cloud would obviously be slower than recovering from local, but full-on disaster recovery is not the purpose of Unitrends Cloud Backup. The idea is simply to have a restorable backup copy of every device in an organization living safely on the Unitrends Cloud, no matter how scattered and decentralized the business is.

Screenshot of Unitrends direct-to-cloud interface
Unitrends Cloud Backup protects data without local backup hardware.

Uses, benefits of Unitrends Cloud Backup

Christophe Bertrand, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group in Milford, Mass., said UCB offers another key advantage in that it doesn’t make backup a part of the remote users’ job.

You’re consciously asking people to do a backup, and the discipline it takes to do that isn’t always there.
Christophe BertrandSenior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group

An organization could arguably achieve similar results to UCB by mandating its users periodically upload backups to a public cloud, or copies of their work to Google Drive or Box. However, he said it’s better to leave backup and recovery in the hands of IT staff, which is rarely locally available in remote sites.

“You’re consciously asking people to do a backup, and the discipline it takes to do that isn’t always there,” Bertrand said. “You probably don’t have an IT person there, and you probably don’t want anyone handling something like backup and recovery who is not an IT professional.”

Bertrand said it is often easier — but not faster — to recover from the cloud and to completely do away with local backup infrastructure. This flies in the face of traditional backup and recovery practices, which treat local backup as the first line of defense. However, Bertrand said there are many uses where having local backup and IT is impractical, such as at a construction site.

Noonan said Unitrends Cloud Backup is starting out small by targeting those who are looking to recover individual files, rather than entire systems. UCB currently works with Windows, but Noonan said it will be expanding to support Windows Server and macOS.

As the fledgling product updates and more features are added, more storage options will open up.

“We’re starting small and basic, and this will continue to evolve based on demand,” Noonan said. “As we add in servers, we’ll add more retention options to cover all the different compliance scenarios.”

Bertrand said he sees UCB as a complement to Unitrends’ appliances. He said it is a good competitive move, because it lowers overall IT complexity, which is a key pain point in the industry right now.

“It just shows you they’re going broader in terms of use cases, capturing broader needs in the midmarket,” Bertrand said. “I’m sure this is just a starting point.”

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Have the following for sale:

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Red Hat and Microsoft fuel hybrid cloud development with Azure Red Hat OpenShift – Stories

  • Co-developed solution brings the industry’s most comprehensive enterprise Kubernetes platform to Microsoft Azure
  • First jointly managed OpenShift offering in the public cloud now available

BOSTON – RED HAT SUMMIT 2019 – MAY 7, 2019 – Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, and Microsoft Corp. today announced the general availability of Azure Red Hat OpenShift, which brings a jointly-managed enterprise-grade Kubernetes solution to Microsoft’s a leading public cloud, Microsoft Azure. Azure Red Hat OpenShift provides a powerful on-ramp to hybrid cloud computing, enabling IT organizations to use Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform in their datacenters and more seamlessly extend these workloads to use the power and scale of Azure services. The availability of Azure Red Hat OpenShift marks the first jointly managed OpenShift offering in the public cloud.

Both Red Hat and Microsoft recognize the importance of hybrid cloud computing to modern IT, as organizations look to expand resources with public cloud infrastructure while maintaining existing on-premises investments. Kubernetes provides a common bridge between the datacenter and public cloud environments, making it a key technology in enabling true hybrid cloud computing.

Azure Red Hat OpenShift combines the innovation of enterprise Kubernetes with the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, running on the scale and power of Azure. Together, these technologies provide a powerful solution for more easily managing and orchestrating cloud-native workloads across a hybrid cloud environment. With Azure Red Hat OpenShift, customers can also bring containerized applications into workflows where they exist, while mitigating many of the inherent complexities of container management.

A fully-managed, jointly-operated service, Azure Red Hat OpenShift is backed by both the open source expertise of Red Hat and the public cloud might of Microsoft. Customers receive an integrated experience, including unified sign-up, on-boarding, service management and technical support. The service is added into customers’ existing Azure bill, further streamlining the user experience.

Additionally, Azure Red Hat OpenShift offers enterprise developers and operations teams:

  • Fully managed clusters with master, infrastructure and application nodes managed by Microsoft and Red Hat; plus, no VMs to operate and no patching required.
  • Regulatory compliance will be provided through compliance certifications similar to other Azure services.
  • Enhanced flexibility to more freely move applications from on-premise environments to the Azure public cloud via the consistent foundation of OpenShift.
  • Greater speed to connect to Azure services from on-premises OpenShift deployments.
  • Extended productivity with easier access to Azure public cloud services such as Azure Cosmos DB, Azure Machine Learning and Azure SQL DB for building the next-generation of cloud-native enterprise applications.

Azure Red Hat OpenShift represents Red Hat and Microsoft’s continued mutual commitment to provide a powerful, supported and more secure choice for developing and deploying hybrid cloud workloads. Jointly supported by both companies, IT organizations can have greater confidence in adopting hybrid cloud innovation that meets the requirements of mission-critical workloads in production.

Microsoft and Red Hat are also collaborating to bring customers containerized solutions with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 on Azure, Red Hat Ansible Engine 2.8 and Ansible Certified modules. In addition, the two companies are working to deliver SQL Server 2019 with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 support and performance enhancements.

Availability

Azure Red Hat OpenShift is available now via Microsoft Azure.

Supporting Quotes

Paul Cormier, president, Products and Technologies, Red Hat

“Hybrid cloud provides a clear vision into the future of enterprise computing, where public cloud services stand alongside virtualization, Linux containers and bare-metal servers. Together, this forms the new datacenter in the hybrid cloud world. Azure Red Hat OpenShift provides a consistent Kubernetes foundation for enterprises to realize the benefits of this hybrid cloud model. This enables IT leaders to innovate with a platform that offers a common fabric for both app developers and operations.”

Scott Guthrie, executive vice president, Cloud and AI Group, Microsoft

“Microsoft and Red Hat share a common goal of empowering enterprises to create a hybrid cloud environment that meets their current and future business needs. Azure Red Hat OpenShift combines the enterprise leadership of Azure with the power of Red Hat OpenShift to simplify container management on Kubernetes and help customers innovate on their cloud journeys.”

Dave Moore, senior vice president, Travel Solutions Platform Development, Sabre

“Hybrid cloud technologies fuel our next generation platform, with Red Hat OpenShift forming the common, modern foundation for us to build innovative, cloud-native applications that can span from our data centers to the public cloud. Red Hat OpenShift simplifies our ability to create services that work more seamlessly across hybrid cloud architectures, letting us consume cloud-scale resources, including on Azure, while also enabling us to move workloads wherever and whenever needed through Red Hat OpenShift.”

Additional Resources

Connect with Red Hat

About Red Hat, Inc.

Red Hat is the world’s leading provider of enterprise open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to deliver reliable and high-performing Linux, hybrid cloud, container, and Kubernetes technologies. Red Hat helps customers integrate new and existing IT applications, develop cloud-native applications, standardize on our industry-leading operating system, and automate, secure, and manage complex environments. Award-winning support, training, and consulting services make Red Hat a trusted adviser to the Fortune 500. As a strategic partner to cloud providers, system integrators, application vendors, customers, and open source communities, Red Hat can help organizations prepare for the digital future.

About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.               

Media Contacts:

John Terrill
Red Hat, Inc.
+1-571-421-8132
jterrill@redhat.com

Microsoft Media Relations
WE Communications for Microsoft
+1-425-638-7777
rrt@we-worldwide.com

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New compliance controls added to Microsoft Teams PowerShell

Businesses can now use Microsoft Teams PowerShell to set policies that restrict interactions between employees. The capability could help expand use of the Teams collaboration app by financial firms and other heavily regulated companies.

The feature, called information barriers and available in public preview since last week, lets administrators set organizationwide restrictions within Teams to ensure compliance with regulations and ethics policies. The tool is administered through Microsoft Teams PowerShell, which helps organizations manage Teams on a large scale through a series of code-based commands.

Information barriers will be useful for banks and other financial firms, which have a legal obligation to prevent communications between, for example, investment managers and colleagues that have confidential information about companies seeking investment.

The tool could also be useful to isolate employees working on sensitive projects, such as an acquisition or an initial public stock offering.

Information barriers can prevent five interactions between employees:

  • joining a team;
  • joining a meeting;
  • starting a private chat;
  • sharing a screen; and
  • placing a phone call.

The tool also has retroactive power: The system will remove users from teams and group chats in which they no longer have permission to participate and prevent any further private messaging with unauthorized employees.

Team collaboration vendors are increasingly working to give administrators tighter control over who can access channels and content, said Irwin Lazar, analyst at Nemertes Research, based in Mokena, Ill.

“This strikes me as a maturation of the space, as vendors increasingly deliver administrative and policy controls that users demand,” he said.

Microsoft Teams PowerShell is generally available

Microsoft also recently announced that PowerShell, the framework used to administer information barriers, is generally available (GA) for Teams. However, in an unusual move, the vendor will maintain both a beta and a GA version of Microsoft Teams PowerShell moving forward.

Organizations, particularly government agencies, sometimes have IT policies that prohibit the use of any beta software. Those customers can now start using PowerShell with the release of a GA version, said Tom Arbuthnot, principal solutions architect at Modality Systems, a Microsoft-focused systems integrator.

The GA version of PowerShell comes with slightly fewer features and less sophisticated APIs. Microsoft will maintain the beta version to continue road-testing more advanced functions.

“The beta will always have more, newer functionality, and the GA will always have less,” Arbuthnot said. “But [the GA version] has been tried, tested and blessed, basically.”

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Wanted – PC – £350 budget

Hi I’m also in NI (local enough, Larne).

Have the following for sale:

Ryzen 5 1600 CPU
MSi b350m Motherboard
G.Skill Trident Z RGB 3000Mhz 16GB RAM
GTX 1060 6GB GPU
500GB HDD
120GB SSD
EVGA 600w PSU
TP-Link Archer T6e WiFi Card
Windows 10 Pro

A little over your budget but its good specs for what you are looking for. For a local quick sale with collection I would take as close as you can get to £450.

Optional extra: Cooler Master MasterKeys Lite RGB Keyboard + Mouse (Mem-chanical) – additional £35

Optional extra: BenQ XL2411P 24″ 1080p 144hz Monitor – additional £125

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