Red Hat has announced the release of Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes 2.3, a new version of the enterprise-class Kubernetes management system. The solution increases the flexibility to manage and scale when working with hybrid and multi-cloud environments through integration with the Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform. This streamlines and accelerates management, automation, and security while building a modern enterprise IT environment ready for hybrid clouds.
The integration of Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform and Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management accelerates automation and improves consistency in managing cloud clusters, virtual machines, and traditional IT infrastructures with streamlined tools and coordination mechanisms.
Where containerized environments need to be bundled with legacy environments, Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management allows you to automatically run the required Ansible Playbooks scripts before or after key lifecycle activities such as creating applications and clusters. This makes it easy to automate tasks such as configuring networks, connecting applications to databases, creating load balancers and firewalls, and updating ITSM IT service management systems.
Using a special Resource Operator based on the Red Hat OpenShift Kubernetes operators, which encapsulate knowledge about the functioning of systems and applications in code, Advanced Cluster Management can call the Ansible Automation Platform to perform the necessary actions outside the Kubernetes cluster. As a result, a single automated workflow is formed that covers the operation of Red Hat OpenShift environments and traditional IT systems.
To reduce the complexity of management and maintain the benefits of an enterprise-class Kubernetes platform, the new version of Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management 2.3 enables the import of Kubernetes clusters on the Red Hat OpenShift on AWS (ROSA) platform and OpenShift clusters on IBM Power Systems servers into the management system. Previously, this support was implemented for Kubernetes clusters on Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Cloud (ROKS), Microsoft Azure Red Hat OpenShift (ARO), Red Hat OpenShift Dedicated (OSD) and IBM system Z platforms. On-premises initialization is also supported. Red Hat OpenShift clusters on Red Hat OpenStack directly from Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management.
The new version of Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management also provides cloud.redhat.com cluster discovery and import, offering advanced capabilities and reduced manual cluster management. Hibernation automatically hibernates unused clusters to conserve resources and optimize cloud costs.
The integration of Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management with Red Hat Insights for Red Hat OpenShift helps IT professionals get real-time information about cluster health and take recommended preventive actions based on Red Hat OpenShift global telemetry and Red Hat expertise.