Red Hat support for Node.js

Red Hat support for Node.js
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For the past two years, Red Hat Middleware has provided a supported Node.js runtime on Red Hat OpenShift as part of Red Hat Runtimes. Our goal has been to provide rapid releases of the upstream Node.js core project, example applications to get developers up and running quickly, Node.js container images, integrations with other components of Red Hat’s cloud-native stack, and (of course) provide world-class service and support for customers. Earlier this year, the team behind Red Hat’s distribution and support of Node.js even received a “Devie” award from DeveloperWeek for this work, further acknowledging Red Hat’s role in supporting the community and ecosystem.

Red Hat Node.js experts at your fingertips

Red Hat collaborates in more ways than one with the fastest growing runtimes used in business-critical applications on the cloud by contributing to the community, being part of the Technical Steering Committee, and even participating and driving strategic initiatives to carve the future of Node.js. Combining this work with our Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and OpenShift expertise, we can help you reach your goals of delivering and supporting business-critical applications on and off the cloud.

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How to get Node.js from Red Hat

In order to reach our goals of customer satisfaction and ease of use, Red Hat offers support for the two most recent Node.js long-term service (LTS) versions. There are two support models for you to choose from. Here is a comparison of what they include:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux and OpenShift subscription

Red Hat Runtimes subscription

Node.js packaged in Red Hat Software Collections (RHSCL) for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and as a module in AppStream for RHEL 8.

Node.js packaged in Red Hat Software Collections (RHSCL) for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and as a module in AppStream for RHEL 8.

Node.js containers for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and OpenShift Container Platform (OCP).

Node.js containers for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform (OCP).

Support for installation and maintenance.
  • Full production support, including hotfixes and patches to get you up and running quickly.
  • Full development support (Node.js expertise)
  • Request for new features (Node.js upstream).
  • Support for microservice libraries, developer tools (such as NodeShift), and starter apps.
  • Support for integration with functions-as-a-service and Knative.

Two years of Red Hat Enterprise Linux support for each Node.js version.

Two years of Red Hat Enterprise Linux support for each Node.js version.

Updated images in the Red Hat Container Catalog every six weeks.

Updated images in the Red Hat Container Catalog every six weeks.

For OpenShift customers, the Node.js runtime is offered through the Red Hat Container Catalog in the form of a containerized OpenShift S2I builder image containing Node.js. The Node.js container image can either be pulled from the command line (using the oc command) or from the OpenShift Developer Console.

For Red Hat Enterprise Linux customers, Node.js can be installed from the Red Hat Software Collections channel on RHEL 7 and as a module in AppStream for RHEL 8.

Red Hat Customers using these distributions will be able to stay current with the latest updates and security advisories, know when and why containers are updated, and remain up-to-date on the most recent tagged image. Moving forward, customers can expect support for Node.js and other cloud-native runtimes according to the Red Hat JBoss Middleware Product Update and Support Policy.

Documentation

The Runtimes team has been continuously adding to and improving on the official documentation for Red Hat’s Node.js build. This work includes updates in the Release Notes and the Node.js Runtime Guide.

Developer Interactive Learning Scenarios

These self-paced scenarios (see Figure 1) provide you with a pre-configured OpenShift instance that is accessible from your browser without any downloads or configuration. Use this tool to experiment with Node.js or learn about other technologies within Runtimes, and see how Node.js on OpenShift helps solve real-world problems.

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Figure 1: The Node.js Interactive Learning Scenario.

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