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Friday, 13 March 2015 15:09

Red Hat announces a secure certified route to Linux Containers

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Red Hat launches the industry’s first certified container ecosystem program, combining an integrated application delivery platform and open standards support for secure Docker containers

Open Source expert Red Hat has announced a new suite of tools and initiatives, designed to enable the design, development and delivery of certified, trusted and secure application containers, through a set of industry standards, including the Docker container format and the Docker Engine.

The intention from Red Hat is to do for Docker containers, what it did for Linux. Namely turn an open Source project into an enterprise-ready solution, with all the support and SLAs you’d get from a proprietary commercial solution.

Underpinning the solution is Red Hat Connect for Technology Partners, a new overarching partner program designed to bring together the ecosystem of technology companies whose solutions run on or integrate with Red Hat products, starting with containers.

Through Red Hat Connect for Technology Partners, ISV partners will be able to communicate with Red Hat and other like-minded partners on container-based solutions. Participating partners will gain access to the Red Hat Container Development Kit (CDK), a collection of tools and resources based on Docker for the Red Hat ecosystem. Red Hat Connect for Technology Partners also provides partners with access to documentation, knowledge-bases and forums, as well as certification tools and services that support the container’s lifecycle.

Anything designed using the new CDK will also be tested using the Red Hat Container Certification suite of certification tools, which verifies that a container’s content is from trusted sources and that both it and the container itself are secure, free of known vulnerabilities, and will work on Red Hat infrastructure - enabling a robust end-to-end solution that is fully supported by Red Hat and its partners.

The final element of Red Hat’s new container ecosystem program is a distribution vehicle for these certified application containers. The distribution tools will start with a supported registry from Red Hat – the Red Hat Container Registry - and there are future plans to enable partners and ISVs to host their own registries for Red Hat certified containers – where businesses will be able to source application containers from this certified registry pool, greatly mitigating the risk and security concerns associated with consuming containers from unknown sources.

Additionally Red Hat will continue to help with container standards, including the Docker and Kubernetes projects.

Commenting on the new initiative Paul Cormier, president, Products and Technologies, Red Hat said. “Containers represent a massive shift in how enterprises consume applications, but in doing so the critical aspects of the traditional application lifecycle, namely security and certification, must be retained as well. With the industry’s first certified, secure, end-to-end container ecosystem, Red Hat now leads the way in enabling Linux containers for the enterprise, from conceptualization to development to delivery, maintaining the key innovations of the technology without sacrificing the basic enterprise needs of application security and provenance.”

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