Use of container technology solidifies Red Hat’s DevSecOps approach amid intensifying threats toward IT

Through DevSecOps, Red Hat builds in security across the entire stack, preserving its differentiation in the security space

In today’s IT landscape, security is often overlooked in many DevOps and Agile models, yet for some, it is becoming a priority. Put simply, DevSecOps takes DevOps to the next level, tightly integrating security in every stage of the product lifecycle to ensure a secure technology stack. While containers are not imperative for DevSecOps, the technology greatly improves efficiency and aids in implementing the process at scale. Red Hat demonstrates this approach via its hybrid cloud, enterprise Kubernetes platform, OpenShift. Essentially an enterprise version of Kubernetes, Red Hat OpenShift delivers a cloud-like, managed application platform, across on-premises and public cloud environments. Red Hat has taken a holistic approach to DevSecOps, securing every layer of the stack from the OS to microservices. TBR believes this approach has allowed Red Hat to position its security portfolio as one that will encourage adoption of OpenShift and containers in general, as automation tools help customers manage IT with process scalability, system response and compliance:

  • Red Hat Ansible Automation – Ansible is Red Hat’s enterprise automation platform that provides a universal IT automation language that can be used to build and operate automation at scale. Red Hat introduced Ansible integrations with third-party security tools, such as IBM QRadar and Splunk to help security operations centers quickly respond to threats. As such, Ansible users can automate and integrate different security solutions that can respond to threats across the enterprise using a curated collection of Ansible modules, roles and playbooks.
  • Red Hat Satellite – Red Hat Satellite is an infrastructure management product specifically designed to manage Red Hat environments at scale and keep RHEL and other Red Hat infrastructure environments running securely and compliant to both industry and custom security standards.
  • Red Hat Insights – Insights is Red Hat’s SaaS-based predictive analytics engine that analyzes registered Red Hat-based systems across physical and virtual environments. In addition, Insights provides users with Ansible remediation playbooks to fix issues; Insights is included with all RHEL subscriptions.

On Dec. 12, 2019, Red Hat and co-sponsor, Intel, hosted the Red Hat Security Summit in Waltham, MA. Key talks included: Automating security and compliance in the world of containers and hybrid cloud, Security concerns in container runtimes and Simplifying security through Red Hat Satellite and Insights. The event concluded with a hands-on workshop, providing access to Red Hat technologies and products, for discovering the importance of implementing security and compliance automation at scale in a hybrid world.

2019 Cloud & Software Predictions: More purchasing will be driven by intelligence rather than deployment

In 2019 customers will care less about deployment, vendors will buy more, and both sides will become more intelligent

As 2018 comes to a close, it is good to look back at some of the long-standing questions that have been settled during the year:

  • Not all workloads will move to cloud; in fact, some will move back to on-premises delivery methods.
  • There will be no single cloud that rules all others, even if Amazon Web Services (AWS) remains the IaaS front-runner.
  • Wholesale migrations of legacy workloads will not occur quickly or easily.
  • The IT department will play an important role in cloud adoption moving forward.
  • Cloud needs to deliver short-term, immediate value for customers to consider adoption. The days of yearslong implementations are over.

The market is far from mature, however, as 2019 promises even more changes. Cloud remains a generic term for many customers, but they know just how many options are now available. A growing choice of delivery methods, combined with a much-improved management tool set, will drive pervasive hybrid adoption. These options allow customers to focus more on the solution, regardless of the specific cloud delivery method, that best fits their use case. Greater customer adoption is also creating more urgency among cloud providers, which will force more acquisition investments and riskier purchases as leaders scramble to best position themselves to claim share of the growing market. Lastly, the overarching trends around analytics, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning will become increasingly pervasive. Combined, these developments should redefine the cloud market yet again during 2019.