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Beware of the ‘single cloud of failure’

Beware of the ‘single cloud of failure’

As companies opt more and more for containerized applications, they lose sight of the risk of vendor lock-in. If you bet all on one cloud partner, you create a single cloud of failure. But acting as a neutral intermediary layer, Red Hat OpenShift eliminates that danger.

Do you think Red Hat OpenShift is a niche product? Think again! Today, no less than 44% of container workloads are running on OpenShift. Now, that’s hardly niche. In fact, right now it is the only mature solution for those who want to put multicloud into practice.

And yes, making the move to multicloud is the smart thing to do. Anyone who counts on a single supplier for all their activities in the cloud is creating a single cloud of failure. Because, if the supplier is hit with a major breakdown, you could lose access to all your applications in one fell swoop. Or if they decide to stick you with a hefty rate increase, you’re virtually powerless to do anything about it.

Intermediary layer

For those two reasons alone, multicloud is the better choice. It allows you to easily move workloads between clouds. OpenShift acts as a crucial intermediary layer. You don’t move with cloud-specific containers but with the containers, that you put on OpenShift. As a result, it allows your applications and containers to run completely independently from the underlying platform.

Not only does that mean that you avoid vendor lock-in, but it also allows you to better organize the solution’s security transversally. Both technologically and functionally, OpenShift offers a simpler environment, acting as an independent layer between the software and the platform.

In practice, something developed in a specific cloud environment is difficult to place on another platform. That’s no longer an issue now. With OpenShift you easily switch between platforms. Whatever you have on OpenShift always remains the same; only the platform changes.

What’s in it for you?

Can your company benefit from this? Absolutely! That’s what research agency IDC says. More and more companies choose to house applications in containers. Containerized applications are portable across infrastructures and provide significant agility benefits. After all, it’s the underlying container platform that creates greater efficiency in the software development process. With automation and orchestration functionality designed for today’s fast-paced digital innovation.

With a container platform offering such as Red Hat OpenShift, organizations gain a solid foundation to develop and run important business applications. According to IDC, application development life cycles are 29% faster thanks to OpenShift. And the productivity of the DevOps teams jumps by 20%. OpenShift provides operational advantages. You need 22% fewer VMs and your IT infrastructure team becomes 21% more efficient. According to IDC, investing in OpenShift pays for itself within 10 months on average. Over five years, the ROI is more than 600%.

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