Microsoft and Red Hat announce the availability of Azure Red Hat OpenShift on OpenShift 4

Further extending our work together in the hybrid cloud, today at the Red Hat Summit virtual experience, Microsoft and Red Hat announced the general availability of Azure Red Hat OpenShift on OpenShift 4.

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With this release, Red Hat is adding new key features to Azure Red Hat OpenShift, including:

 Cluster-admin support: Enables the cluster-admin role on Azure Red Hat OpenShift clusters, enabling full cluster customization capabilities, such as running privileged containers and installing Custom Resource Definitions (CRDs).

 Cluster Autoscaling: Use the ClusterAutoscaler and MachineAutoscalers to automatically adjust the size of your cluster to meet current demand. Mix and match virtual machine sizes to your workloads.

 Multi-Availability Zones clusters: To deliver high levels of resiliency, cluster components are now deployed across 3 Azure Availability Zones in supported Azure regions to maintain high availability for your most demanding mission-critical applications and data. Azure Red Hat OpenShift has a Service Level Agreement (SLA) of 99.9%.

 Industry compliance certifications: To help you meet your compliance obligations across regulated industries and markets worldwide, Azure Red Hat OpenShift is now PCI DSS, FedRAMP High and HITRUST certified. Azure maintains a large compliance portfolio both in terms of the total number of offerings, as well as number of customer-facing services in assessment scope.

 Bring your own identity provider: In addition to supporting authentication and authorization using Azure Active Directory, customers can now connect their supported identity providers, for example using OpenID Connect.

 Private API and ingress endpoints: Customers can now choose between public and private cluster management (API) and ingress endpoints. With private endpoints and Azure Express Route support, Red Hat is enabling private hybrid clusters, allowing our mutual customers to extend their on-premises solutions to Azure.

OpenShift 4 is the industry’s most comprehensive enterprise Kubernetes platform, driven by the innovation of Kubernetes Operators to deliver full-stack automation from top to bottom. From Kubernetes to the core services that support OpenShift clusters to the application services deployed by end-users; everything is managed with Operators. This release also brings key innovations from Red Hat OpenShift 4 to Azure Red Hat OpenShift such as:

 Kubernetes 1.16 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux CoreOS: RHEL CoreOS provides a fully immutable, container optimized, operating system built from the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform, delivered and installed as a component of OpenShift.

 Red Hat launched to provide a registry where users can find curated Kubernetes Operators. Users can now access the Operator Hub through the Azure Red Hat OpenShift console, which includes community as well as Red Hat OpenShift Certified Operators.

 OpenShift Service Mesh: Based on the Istio, Jaeger and Kali projects, OpenShift Service Mesh provides an integrated service mesh for enhanced security and network segmentation of microservices applications. This enables developers to focus on building business logic while letting the service mesh manage policy-defined microservice communications. They can also use integrated tracing and visualization capabilities to debug issues when they occur.

 OpenShift Serverless: Built on the Knative framework, OpenShift Serverless enables developers to build function-based applications that have the ability to scale to zero, and only consume compute resources when functions execute.