Red Hat and IBM recently announced the general availability of Red Hat Marketplace. The new launch is of immense importance to enterprises using hybrid cloud, as it offers a structured marketplace for enterprise applications. Red Hat Marketplace is being positioned as a “one-stop-shop” experience to help users explore, buy, try, and even deploy enterprise applications for hybrid cloud environments.
Other than the normal Red Hat Marketplace, there also exists Marketplace Select, which is a private and paid version of Marketplace. The Marketplace Select offering comes with curated and pre-approved software for the particular enterprise. Further, it also offers greater control and enhanced governance, enabling enterprises to monitor all the expenses and usage related to software deployed in the hybrid cloud environment.
All the applications listed on Marketplace and Marketplace Select are built on top of Red Hat OpenShift. The wide range of Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) present on Marketplace also brings a greater degree of freedom for enterprises, as far as choice is concerned. Elaborating on freedom, the applications present on Marketplace are not tied to IBM Cloud and can be run on any cloud deployment operating on OpenShift.
The applications on Marketplace run on OpenShift like a cloud service as these are built on Kubernetes Operator Framework. This allows the applications to have features such as automated install and upgrade, backup, failover, and recovery. As of now, there are over 50 applications present on the Marketplace divided into 12 categories, including Monitoring, Security, Storage, and Big Data, among others. The ISVs offering these applications include names such as CognitiveScale, Couchbase, Dynatrace, KubeMQ, and MemSQL, among others. Red Hat also stated that the list of applications and ISVs is ever-growing, with more additions underway.
Here’s what Lars Herrmann, senior director of Technology Partnerships at Red Hat, had to say about the launch: “We believe that removing the operational barriers to deploy and manage new tools and technologies can help organizations become more agile in hybrid multi-cloud environments. The software available on Red Hat Marketplace is tested, certified, and supported on Red Hat OpenShift to enable built-in management logic and streamline implementation processes. This helps customers run faster with automated deployments while enjoying the improved scalability, security, and orchestration capabilities of Kubernetes-native infrastructure.”
Lastly, Red Hat also stated that each application purchased from Marketplace comes with metering enabled by default. This allows enterprises to accurately track the usage and spending of resources. Further, Red Hat is also offering wider choice as far as pricing is concerned. The open-source solution provider stated that Marketplace products come with hourly price models, providing greater flexibility to users. Those interested in using Red Hat Marketplace can sign up here.
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