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Red Hat, Inc.

McLean,  VA 
United States

Why Red Hat?

Developing mission-relevant applications and getting them into production can be a slow process. Red Hat can help you create a strategy for your digital transformation journey. A DevSecOps approach to application development can help government IT become more agile and innovate faster.

About Red Hat

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. 


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  • Red Hat’s OpenShift delivers AI at the edge

    The two biggest fronts that federal IT modernization are currently pushing into are artificial intelligence/machine learning, and edge computing. Federal agencies need to process their data faster, and they need to do it closer to where the data is collected and used. Delivering this level of sophistication at the Edge has been challenging, along with keeping the approach and technologies consistent with what’s used in data centers and the Cloud.

    “With Openshift — built on Kubernetes — we believe we have the right platform for data science workloads wherever they’re needed. We’ve recently extended that story to the Edge, which is really exciting news for our customers,” said Eamon McCormick, senior manager specialist for emerging technologies.

    Red Hat recently delivered updates to OpenShift Container Platform that enables deployment of a small, 3-Node footprint. This architecture has been validated with hardware partners, including HPE and NVIDIA, for delivery via ruggedized, edge computing platforms. McCormick said it enables datacenter-level capabilities to be delivered into hospitals, ships at sea, aircraft, vehicles and other remote facilities.

    “There are intelligent applications that need to be run by the government in situations where network latency just can’t exist,” McCormick said. “Applications that are running on that hardware are essential to groups that operate in the field. Processing data and running models and intelligent applications at the edge delivers faster, more reliable service to critical missions.”

    This approach can be applied to many government focus-areas where decisions have to be made in real-time with a high degree of accuracy. Where this speed is required, or where connectivity simply isn’t available, communicating with Cloud or data center services simply won’t work.

    Hospitals can use this solution to intelligently assign patients, staff and rooms. They can use the history of a patient, any past trauma or mental health issues, to predict susceptibility to future problems and act preemptively to improve patients’ lives. Federal law enforcement agents can process data in the field in real-time to prevent attacks, or simply protect themselves in dangerous situations. Social service and financial services agencies can better detect fraudulent enrollments, claims, and other activities that cost the country billions of dollars annually.

    As always with Red Hat, this offering is built on open source software and open design principles. That means customers can take advantage of the innovation happening in open source communities, but also plug in commercial technologies as part of a comprehensive approach. There’s not a one-size-fits-all solution for data science at the Edge, and this open approach allows agencies to build the right solution to support their specific mission.

    “We have over 140  partners who have now certified solutions to run in a fully automated manner on OpenShift. They are building Linux images on our RHEL Universal Base Image, along with Kubernetes Operators to run on OpenShift,” McCormick said. “The Operators built for their software components automate the deployment and management of those technologies running on Openshift. A lot of our AI/ML partners have either completed the certification program or are in process at this moment. Their participation really expands the options our customers have to address real mission challenges.”

    That’s important because the edge is the least developed stage of hybrid cloud, which is the IT modernization model that most federal agencies are moving toward. Most agencies have data centers, a footprint in the public cloud, and remote offices/vehicles/stations. Many are leveraging Internet of Things sensors and devices for data gathering in the field and supporting real-time decision making.

    “The Edge is just another footprint of the hybrid cloud model. Data science at the edge cannot happen successfully in a silo. Extending OpenShift to the edge is the natural evolution of the platform itself and it enables consistent DevSecOps practices from the data center, to the Cloud, and to the Edge,” McCormick said. “Along with supporting all development and delivery aspects, the platform is ideal for operating and scaling the workloads after they’ve been deployed.”

    “Red Hat is providing the plumbing and electricity for the hybrid cloud,” McCormick said. “OpenShift, Container Storage, and Red Hat Application Services can now be deployed anywhere. That gives our customers portability, consistency, and flexibility wherever they operate.”

  • It’s an exciting time to be a Red Hat OpenShift user in the federal space. Version 4.6 of OpenShift, Red Hat’s 100% CNCF certified Kubernetes distribution, was just released and with it comes a number of enhancements focused on enabling our government customers to accelerate and expand their adoption of containers and DevSecOps. Let’s walk through those features and what they mean to our federal customers.
  • (Feb 08, 2021)

    New Year, new Red Hat Enterprise Linux programs: Easier ways to access RHEL

    January 20, 2021

    This post highlights new, simplified and low-/no-cost options for deploying RHEL. These are the first of many new programs. To immediately go to the program that interests you:

    On December 8, 2020, Red Hat announced a major change to the enterprise Linux ecosystem: Red Hat will begin shifting our work from CentOS Linux to CentOS Stream on December 31, 2021. We and the CentOS Project governing board believe that CentOS Stream represents the best way to further drive Linux innovation. It will give everyone in the broader ecosystem community, including open source developers, hardware and software creators, individual contributors, and systems administrators, a closer connection to the development of the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform.

    When we announced our intent to transition to CentOS Stream, we did so with a plan to create new programs to address use cases traditionally served by CentOS Linux. Since then, we have gathered feedback from the broad, diverse, and vocal CentOS Linux user base and the CentOS Project community. Some had specific technical questions about deployment needs and components, while others wondered what their options were for already- or soon-to-be deployed systems. We’ve been listening. We know that CentOS Linux was fulfilling a wide variety of important roles.

    We made this change because we felt that the Linux development models of the past 10+ years needed to keep pace with the evolving IT world. We recognize the disruption that this has caused for some of you. Making hard choices for the future isn’t new to Red Hat. The introduction of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and the deprecation of Red Hat Linux two decades ago caused similar reactions. Just as in the past, we’re committed to making the RHEL ecosystem work for as broad a community as we can, whether it’s individuals or organizations seeking to run a stable Linux backend; community projects maintaining large CI/Build systems; open source developers looking toward "what’s next;" educational institutions, hardware, and software vendors looking to bundle solutions; or enterprises needing a rock-solid production platform.

    Today we’re sharing details about some of the new no- and low-cost programs we’re adding to RHEL. These are the first of many new programs.

    No-cost RHEL for small production workloads

    While CentOS Linux provided a no-cost Linux distribution, no-cost RHEL also exists today through the Red Hat Developer programThe program’s terms formerly limited its use to single-machine developers. We recognized this was a challenging limitation.

    We’re addressing this by expanding the terms of the Red Hat Developer program so that the Individual Developer subscription for RHEL can be used in production for up to 16 systems. That’s exactly what it sounds like: for small production use cases, this is no-cost, self-supported RHEL. You need only to sign in with a free Red Hat account (or via single sign-on through GitHub, Twitter, Facebook, and other accounts) to download RHEL and receive updates. Nothing else is required. This isn’t a sales program and no sales representative will follow up. An option will exist within the subscription to easily upgrade to full support, but that’s up to you.

    You can also use the expanded Red Hat Developer program to run RHEL on major public clouds including AWS, Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure. You have to pay only the usual hosting fees charged by your provider of choice; the operating system is free for both development and small production workloads.

    The updated Individual Developer subscription for RHEL will be available no later than February 1, 2021.

    No-cost RHEL for customer development teams

    We recognized a challenge of the developer program was limiting it to an individual developer. We’re now expanding the Red Hat Developer program to make it easier for a customer’s development teams to join the program and take advantage of its benefits. These development teams can now be added to this program at no additional cost via the customer’s existing subscription, helping to make RHEL more accessible as a development platform for the entire organization. Through this program, RHEL can also be deployed via Red Hat Cloud Access and is accessible on major public clouds including AWS, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure at no additional costs except for the usual hosting fees charged by your cloud provider of choice.

    Bringing RHEL to additional use cases

    We know that these programs don’t address every CentOS Linux use case, so we aren’t done delivering more ways to get RHEL easily. We’re working on a variety of additional programs for other use cases, and plan to provide another update in mid-February.

    We want to make RHEL easier to use and are removing many barriers that stand in the way, working to keep pace with the evolving needs of Linux users, our customers and our partners. This requires us to continuously examine our development and business models to meet these changing needs. We believe that these new programs -- and those to follow -- work toward that goal.

    We’re making CentOS Stream the collaboration hub for RHEL, with the landscape looking like this:

    • Fedora Linux is the place for major new operating system innovations, thoughts, and ideas - essentially, this is where the next major version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux is born.

    • CentOS Stream is the continuously delivered platform that becomes the next minor version of RHEL.

    • RHEL is the intelligent operating system for production workloads, used in nearly every industry in the world, from cloud-scale deployments in mission-critical data centers and localized server rooms to public clouds and out to far-flung edges of enterprise networks.

    We aren’t done with this work. We want to hear from you, whether or not your needs fall into one of the use cases described here.

    Please contact us at This email address goes directly to the team developing these programs. We’ve heard you -- and will continue to listen to your comments and suggestions.

  • Industry overview

    Innovation creates opportunities and challenges. Government-issued mandates help agencies trans-
    form and grow using AI, edge computing, DevSecOps, containers, and multiclouds and hybrid clouds.

    But obstacles persist. Maintaining security and navigating the Authority to Operate process can be
    challenging. Budgets are tight. Proprietary lock-in limits options while raising costs. How can you
    maximize the benefits of modern technologies and prepare for the future while avoiding the risks?

    Click here for our Government one-pager.

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