OpenShift and its Industry Use Cases

Shivam Upadhyay
6 min readAug 10, 2021


Red Hat OpenShift is a complete container application platform that has an enterprise base in Red Hat Enterprise Linux and natively combines technologies such as Docker and Kubernetes — a strong container cluster management and orchestration system.
RHOCP (Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform) gives businesses complete control over their Kubernetes environments. On a single platform, it supports both cloud-native and classic apps. From infrastructure to services, security is incorporated into the platform across the operations and application lifecycle.

Major Features of OpenShift

Pod autoscaling (containers are referred to as pods in the Kubernetes world):

OpenShift provides cloud elasticity by automatically scaling horizontal pods as application load grows. Operations will no longer need to manually increase the number of application instances.

Pod Autoscaling

High availability:

The control plane (Kubernetes masters), permanent storage of REST API objects (etcd), and application hosting infrastructure are all included in OpenShift (Kubernetes nodes). To eliminate the impact of hardware or infrastructure failure, each component of the platform can be designed with numerous redundancies for fail-over and load-balancing scenarios.

We can choose our own cloud infrastructure:

Customers can run OpenShift on physical, virtual, public, or private cloud infrastructure, as well as hybrid cloud architecture. This allows IT the flexibility to deploy OpenShift in the most cost-effective way possible within your existing infrastructure.

Integration of CI/CD pipelines:

Jenkins for Continuous Integration and Release Management is included in OpenShift. Jenkins may run tests at the time of code check-in, organize the build process, and promote or reject application releases based on the results. Automated release management becomes an important aspect of speeding application development. With the Jenkins Pipeline plugin, you can quickly integrate your existing Jenkins-based workflows.

Rich command-line tool set(using kubectl as command):

OpenShift has a sophisticated suite of command-line tools that provide full access to the developer interface for those who prefer to work from the command line. These tools are simple to use and can be scripted to do automatic tasks.

Responsive web console

OpenShift comes has a comprehensive web console developer interface that has a responsive UI design and can be seen in a browser. From the web console, developers may create, change, and manage their apps and related resources.

More secure

OpenShift adds extra security to the underlying containers with its capabilities.

OpenShift also uses S2I

S2I (Source-to-Image) is a framework that makes it simple to create pictures that take application source code as input and generate a new image that executes the completed application. The ease of use for developers is the key benefit of using S2I to create reproducible Docker images.

In the real world, we can use S2I a lot by connecting a git repository to the OpenShift platform. When we change our code on Github, S2I takes it and builds a new image out of it, then deploys the application. Speed, patch ability, user efficiency, and ecosystem are all features of S2I.

Companies using OpenShift


To be competitive in a fast-paced worldwide market, Porsche Informatik, the Volkswagen Group’s IT service provider, needs to speed up application development and delivery. To develop a private cloud container environment, the company chose RedHat OpenShift. With a DevOps strategy supporting continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) processes, Porsche Informatik’s developers can now take advantage of self-service capabilities, and teams across the business can collaborate more efficiently. As a result, Porsche Informatik’s development time has been reduced from weeks to hours, and a solid foundation has been established to stay ahead of the competition.


Ford Motor Company strives to deliver affordable mobility solutions to its clients, which include dealerships and parts distributors who sell to a wide range of retail and commercial customers. To upgrade its historical stateful apps and optimize its hardware utilization, the company intended to establish a container-based application platform to expedite delivery and ease maintenance. Ford has improved developer productivity, upgraded its security and compliance approach, and reduced its hardware consumption to save operational expenses with this platform, which is based on RedHat OpenShift and powered by Red Hat and Sysdig technology. From big data to machine learning and artificial intelligence, the organization can now focus on finding new ways to develop.


Cisco, a renowned provider of networking solutions, must quickly develop innovative IT products and solutions to keep up with client demand. To promote innovation, the company must keep its IT personnel engaged and productive. Cisco developed the Lightweight Application Environment (LAE) with the support of Red Hat, which operates on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) technology formerly known as Red Hat OpenShift Enterprise. The Cisco IT team can now focus on strategic objectives because provisioning times have decreased from months to minutes.


Challenge: Lenovo sought to achieve a rapid digital transformation in order to increase its capabilities and respond to business demands more quickly. This transformation, on the other hand, necessitated frequent updates and changes to the company’s whole IT environment, and certain outdated systems were unable to keep up. As a result, the team encountered significant hurdles in producing and delivering materials in a timely manner. Lenovo required a complete solution to facilitate agile application delivery, boost productivity, and improve internal DevOps support.
Solution: Lenovo opted to integrate cloud computing using a PaaS solution to suit its objectives. Lenovo picked the Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform as its PaaS solution, based on its strong partnership with Red Hat.

“We chose PaaS as the preferred solution to gain efficient and agile support for our business team,” said Zhenyu Yao, executive director, Integrated Technology Service at Lenovo

Result: Lenovo has entirely automated its development and production processes with its new solution, allowing developers to be more effective and productive. Developers and operational personnel may interact in its unified PaaS environment, resulting in shorter deployment times and a competitive advantage. Instead of a week, IT personnel may now develop a new IT infrastructure in minutes.

“With a PaaS built on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, along with our automated management tools, we can provide efficient and agile cloud services internally and externally,” said Yao.

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