OpenShift Review

The CI and CD are fast, easy, and secure​.

What is most valuable?

The CI and CD are fast, easy, and secure. Customers need this product and Red Hat certifies it on the RH product. The container customization with S2I is problematic.

How has it helped my organization?

In a couple of months, we can move from physical infrastructure to a container. There is no need to worry about service, since Red Hat does it for us. Consequently, we can focus on development.

What needs improvement?

I think that container development needs to be improved. The source 2 image is very comfortable, but it is not documented. There are no precise guidelines from RH. The source 2 image is the biggest addition that Red Hat gives to Kubernetes, but you cannot depend on Red Hat for every customization.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used this solution for 1 year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The product is stable, but it must be well designed.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I have not encountered any big issues with scalability, but the application must be designed for scalability.

How are customer service and technical support?

In Europe, support is not as fast as it needs to be. If you follow Red Hat's guidelines when designing the architecture, it has a very difficult blocking situation (you must be skilled on the OpenShift product before putting it into usual!).

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I prefer Kubernetes. But customers need very good support from developers, which Kubernetes do not have.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was not straightforward. You must understand every single component. Only then is everything clear and goes fast. Teaching developers how to implement the application with new methodology is problematic.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I think OpenShift PREMIERE costs a lot more, compared to the support given in Europe. If you buy directly from the service on the cloud, the level of support is not the same.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

In order to understand OpenShift, you must try Docker. Afterwards, you must understand orchestrators like Kubernetes (the OpenShift underground) and Swarm. You must work with developers. I also implemented Jenkies and Nexus in order to attain full, real automation.

What other advice do I have?

It is a very good product. But before implementing it, verify that the product matches your expectations. Remember that the product changes very quickly, so read news as often as you can! This is not the only solution, so be ready to work with it. But this solution was selected by Red Hat.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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