Red Hat announces new Linux Container innovations

Red Hat today announced new Linux Container innovations.

These innovations include Project Atomic, GearD and High-Touch Beta Program.

Red Hat said tools from the Project Atomic, a new community project to develop technologies for creating lightweight Linux Container hosts based on the Linux ecosystem, will allow creation of a new variant of Red Hat Enterprise Linux – Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host – which Red Hat plans to debut with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.

GearD is a new OpenShift Origin community project to enable application development, integration, delivery, and deployment of application code to containerized application environments.


High-Touch Beta Program is an expansion of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 high-touch beta program to include Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host and Docker container technologies that will enable select customers to evaluate these new container technologies in enterprise environments.

Red Hat said Linux Containers and Docker have emerged as key open source application packaging and delivery technologies, combining lightweight application isolation with the flexibility of an image-based deployment method.

Application portability, minimal footprint, simplified maintenance, lowered development costs are some of the main benefits.

Red Hat said open source container technologies pave the way for an application-optimized infrastructure for the open hybrid cloud. Red Hat expects container technologies will play a significant role in how organizations deliver and manage applications.

By separating infrastructure services from the application, containerized applications can move freely between not only different clouds, but also physical and virtual environments, consuming only the needed services and delivering upon the extreme flexibility promised by the open hybrid cloud, said Red Hat.

Eric Brewer, vice president of Infrastructure, Google, said: “We use Linux application containers to support our production systems. They offer high levels of run-time isolation and deployment flexibility that both reduce the complexity of managing distributed applications, and increase our overall operating efficiency.”

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