Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) customers deploying Spring Boot applications can now comfortably do so with Red Hat community support for Spring Boot. This is a step to ensure the user experience and adoption of runtimes on the OpenShift platform for the developer community. Red Hat also supports other runtimes such as Quarkus and Node.js, and has for many years provided container images for OpenJDK on RHEL and UBI.
The Red Hat product team has designed a new offering that lets customers use the community version of Spring Boot 3 without replacing the individual components with Red Hat supported components. Instead of providing Red Hat components for Spring Boot, which was the case for Red Hat support of Spring Boot 2, the new community support offering will focus on testing and verifying community Spring Boot on Red Hat platforms such as Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. This means that customers can feel safe knowing that Spring Boot 3 has been tested and verified with a combination of Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform and Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
Any customer with a valid subscription to Red Hat Runtimes or Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform will automatically get entitlement to tested and verified Spring Boot 3. Developers can continue using the Spring Boot community version and can open tickets and get help with issues. Red Hat does not offer a distribution of Spring Boot; as a customer, you would download the artifacts from standard Maven repositories, like Maven Central. This is a change from the support of Spring Boot 1 and 2 by Red Hat, which had limited support for components, and developers had to replace Spring Boot artifacts with Red Hat’s build.
Red Hat provides tested and verified configurations to enable our customers to deploy applications with ease. Known issue in Spring Boot 3 on Red Hat platforms are also documented on the Red Hat Customer Portal.
Furthermore, Red Hat also provides the following components covered under the CCS program (Cooperative Community Support).
Red Hat does not ship a Spring Boot distribution; it's important to know that the support will follow the life cycle defined in the Spring Community. Red Hat tests and verifies all currently OSS-supported versions as specified here.
For customers looking for a more integrated experience and more advanced support options, Red Hat build of Quarkus can be used for similar use cases as Spring Boot, and it includes Spring compatibility extensions so that developers can use the same APIs in Quarkus as they were using Spring Boot. Red Hat fully supports the Red Hat build of Quarkus, and it is also included in Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.
To try out Spring Boot and Quarkus applications on OpenShift, you can use the Red Hat Developer Sandbox for Red Hat OpenShift, a free-of-charge offering to try out OpenShift for a limited time.