Red Hat Expands Application Services Portfolio Capabilities to Optimize Cloud-Native Application Development

Red Hat Expands Application Services Portfolio Capabilities to Optimize Cloud-Native Application Development

December 16, 2021 Off By Hoofer
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Red Hat announced sweeping updates throughout its portfolio of application services. These updates deliver a more seamless and unified experience for application development, delivery, integration, and automation across hybrid cloud environments

The future of applications is hybrid 

Hybrid cloud-where organizations use a mix of IT environments, from on-premises environments to public clouds and increasingly multiple clouds-continues to be the leading cloud strategy among enterprise organizations, according to Red Hat’s 2022 Global Tech Outlook. The ability to develop, deploy and operate applications consistently on any cloud, using the same set of tools and operational best practices, is not only the hallmark of modern, cloud-native application development, but also an essential part of today’s digital transformation initiatives. With hybrid cloud and multi-cloud strategies at the forefront, developers need reliable and interoperable application development capabilities that enable them to choose an optimal solution for each task.

The modularity of the Red Hat Application Services portfolio contributes to a unified environment for application development, delivery, integration, and automation. The combination of the Quarkus platform with the connectivity capabilities of Apache Camel, the intelligent decisioning of Kogito, API management with Red Hat 3scale API Management, and the power of Red Hat OpenShift enables Java developers to fully embrace cloud-and Kubernetes-native development.

Given the strategic and competitive importance of these modernization efforts in a post-pandemic world, industry analyst firm IDC notes that organizations have accelerated their investments in digital and predicts that “by 2023, one in two companies will generate more than 40% of their revenues from digital products and services, as compared to one in three in 2020.”

Red Hat helps organizations deliver on these modernization and transformation initiatives and create new applications more quickly with the flexibility and choice inherent in hybrid and multi cloud strategies. This includes a broad portfolio of tools aimed at delivering the best cloud-native developer experience via Red Hat OpenShift, the industry’s leading enterprise Kubernetes platform.

Strengthening the foundation for tomorrow’s Java applications with Quarkus

The open source Quarkus project offers developers innovative capabilities for building and extending their Java applications in a Kubernetes-native world. With a unique compile-time boot process, strong performance, and tight integration with Red Hat OpenShift, the Red Hat build of Quarkus is an ideal platform for building the next generation of Java applications and serves as the foundation for Red Hat Application Services.

The latest release of Quarkus strengthens this foundation with new features for developers, including:

  • Continuous testing for near-instant feedback while coding;
  • A new command-line interface (CLI) that helps simplify common development and deployment tasks;
  • An updated and intuitive graphical user interface (GUI); and
  • Out-of-the-box services that simplify creating and connecting to popular databases, message queues, and more.

Quarkus features a vast library of more than 400 extensions for configuring, booting, and integrating frameworks into a Quarkus application. New application services releases introduce new extensions that help organizations build for cloud scale by optimizing key integration and process automation capabilities, including Apache Camel extensions for Quarkus that bring the power of Apache Camel connectivity and data transformation to the Quarkus applications. Using these extensions, developers can more easily and quickly build fast, flexible, connected, and lightweight cloud-native applications on Quarkus.

Connect applications and data across hybrid infrastructures

Applications running in hybrid environments require more modular and distributed architectures, which in turn need more cloud-native integration capabilities that not only connect the applications but also help to protect data as it is shared between them. Application programming interfaces (APIs) and microservices are key elements of cloud-native applications, and provide the building blocks for developers to create these applications. Tools like Red Hat 3scale API Management, included with Red Hat Integration, enable organizations to share application logic and data more effectively with standard interfaces, both within the enterprise or to external customers and partners.

New features introduced in the latest release of Red Hat 3scale API Management include:

  • Support for a new WebAssembly (WASM) extension that enables communication between Red Hat 3scale API Management and OpenShift Service Mesh, giving customers a powerful combination for integrating, controlling and managing APIs and microservices in a Kubernetes-native environment; and
  • Developers can use a modular approach to configure API management proxies directly with Istio Envoy based service mesh for improved connectivity and control across cloud-native applications.

Availability

The latest Red Hat Application Services updates are generally available. Customers can access these releases via the Red Hat Customer Portal.