RH_Icon_Container_with_App_FlatHere are excerpts from today's announcement - an ecosystem with container development tools to containerize and certify applications:

"Red Hat today announced the launch of the first certified, end-to-end ecosystem program for Linux containers based on Docker, a key component of the company’s vision for containerized applications unveiled in March 2014. Leveraging Red Hat’s vast network of thousands of partners and independent software vendors (ISVs), this ecosystem program is designed to enable the design, development and delivery of certified, trusted and secure application containers to end users through a set of industry standards, including the Docker container format and the Docker Engine.

"Representing the next wave of enterprise application architecture, Linux containers facilitate the creation of lightweight “microservices” that can be woven into more complex applications, yet are still flexible enough to adapt to changing IT needs. Much like traditional applications, containerized applications still interact with the operating system and require enterprise-class support, security and the knowledge that a Linux container actually contains only the intended application code, not harmful or malicious code.

"Underpinning this effort is Red Hat Connect for Technology Partners, a new overarching partner program designed to accelerate a vibrant ecosystem of technology companies whose solutions run on or integrate with Red Hat products, starting with containers.

"Through Red Hat Connect for Technology Partners, software partners can more effectively engage and collaborate 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 that enable developers to easily build and maintain containerized applications based on Docker for the Red Hat ecosystem.  ...these certification tools deliver the Red Hat Container Certification, 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, ultimately in the form of federated, standardized container registries. Starting with a supported registry from Red Hat – the Red Hat Container Registry - and with future plans to enable partners and ISVs to host their own registries for Red Hat certified containers - enterprises 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.

Integrated Application Delivery

"For the actual delivery of these certified application containers, Red Hat offers a full continuum of infrastructure platform solutions, including the newly-launched Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Atomic Host, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1, and soon OpenShift 3, currently in beta. Unlike other vendors in the industry, Red Hat solutions will help to deliver the portability of enterprise-grade containers across the open hybrid cloud platform spectrum, from bare metal to private cloud to Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) to the largest public clouds."

Read the entire Red Hat press release.