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Consultant
Senior Systems Analyst at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
May 16 2018

What is most valuable?

This is an easy question to answer: the virtualization of my APIs.

How has it helped my organization?

No longer do I have to pay VMware large amounts of money to only run in-house solutions. (I give a particular heartfelt thank you for that).

What needs improvement?

There have been some issues with security, in particular, that we had to address. At times they make it “clunky." I am quite confident these parameters will appear in the next releases. They have been reported as bugs and are actually in process. Despite this, the competition is rapidly losing ground.
Consultant
System Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Apr 18 2018

What do you think of OpenShift?

What is our primary use case?

The OpenShift environment will be used by medical applications. This environment is still in the development/QA phase.

How has it helped my organization?

Not yet.

What is most valuable?

The scaling and uptime of the applications.

What needs improvement?

Needs work on volume handling (although this is already better with GlusterFS). Security (SSSD) would also be an improvement.

For how long have I used the solution?

Less than one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Not at this moment (still running in dev/QA phase).

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Not at this moment (still running in dev/QA phase).

How is customer service and technical support?

Five stars out of five, all issues were…
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Consultant
Technical Consultant at a logistics company with 10,001+ employees
Apr 18 2018

What do you think of OpenShift?

What is our primary use case?

Migrate to microservices.

How has it helped my organization?

Has helped us with faster deployment time, zero downtime.

What is most valuable?

Scaling Fast deployment Zero downtime when releasing a new version Auto-recreate pod if pod fails Fast rollback, with one click, to previous version

What needs improvement?

It could use auto-scaling based on criteria such as transaction volume, queue backlog, etc. Currently, it is limited to CPU and memory.  Credential not hidden, so people on the same group can view it.

For how long have I used the solution?

Still implementing.
Pramod
Real User
Research And Development Engineer at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Apr 18 2018

What do you think of OpenShift?

What is our primary use case?

We were running many of our products on OpenShift.

How has it helped my organization?

We had to discontinue this solution due to many limitations.

What is most valuable?

Has a better UI and is good as a CICD solution.

What needs improvement?

Some of the features are platform-specific, so if it is ported to other cloud solutions it requires a lot of changes.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.
Consultant
Associate Consultant at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Apr 18 2018

What do you think of OpenShift?

What is our primary use case?

I am using OpenShift as a container platform to host various applications in a containerized environment.

How has it helped my organization?

It has really helped me a lot in debugging the issues.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable thing about it is the support available. 

What needs improvement?

Installation and setup are a bit tedious, especially in a proxy environment.

For how long have I used the solution?

Less than one year.
Abdelfattah Ragab
Real User
Senior Software Engineer at a healthcare company
Apr 15 2018

What do you think of OpenShift?

What is our primary use case?

Java and WildFly.

How has it helped my organization?

OpenShift is great for flexibility, agility, and speed of delivery. We use WildFly as an application server. We have not started to use OpenShift mainly, yet.

What is most valuable?

WildFly, because it standardizes infrastructure. The git repository and docker. Git is essential for source code and Docker for infrastructure.

What needs improvement?

It would be great if it supported Bitbucket repositories too.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.
TomazBorstnar
Real User
Director and Head of IT at a non-tech company
Apr 15 2018

What is most valuable?

* Excellent GUI support, so one does not need to use the command line client for almost any tasks. * Great support for building images directly from Git repositories with hooks. * Great integration with Jenkins for constant integration and development. * Supports all the major languages and… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Self-provisioning support saves a lot of time and unnecessary work from the system administrator who can use this time to run and monitor the infrastructure. For the developer, this means less time waiting for the provisioning and excellent flexibility for development, testing, and production. Also… more»

What needs improvement?

The area for improvement is mostly in support for legacy applications. I believe OpenShift/Kubernetes will play an even more important role in the future, where it will eliminate a lot of the need for virtualization solutions. Such solutions are the proper building blocks for DevOps needs.

What other advice do I have?

I rate this product a 10 out of 10, as this is one of the best options for developing and running modern applications. Easy to use, easy to scale. Offers great command line and Web client. Excellent also for automation.
Real User
Chief Operations Officer at a tech services company
Aug 02 2017

What is most valuable?

* Continuous integration between different technologies * Single Sign-On * Security enhanced * Easy deployment and follow-up of entire pipeline process

How has it helped my organization?

We connected Jenkins as the main build operator with API calls to the OpenShift Pipeline. It is amazing the amount of time saved. You can see the logs of pipeline process… more»

What needs improvement?

* Build * Deployment * Product delivery These areas would save time for the entire team.

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

Go for it. Red Hat is professional on solutions.

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

I started using another technology, whose name I don't recall. The goal of OpenShift is to make things easier by connecting all tools in one switch.

What other advice do I have?

Try using OpenShift Origin (free version) for a instance. It is pretty stable and has new nice features. The code is on GitHub, so you can always suggest improvements and… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I tried Rancher and other similar technologies, but their goals weren't the same as mine.
Consultant
Chief Data and Systems Architect at a tech services company
Jul 18 2017

What is most valuable?

The software defined network is the best feature in my opinion. While not as flashy as the container scheduling and health monitoring, the usage of a software defined… more»

How has it helped my organization?

I've assisted our clients in streamlining with development and deployment processes, achieving orders of magnitude reductions in time to market.

What needs improvement?

Possibly, the most complicated part is the configuration for an application. Other solutions do have easier ways to configure an application deployment, but they also come… more»

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

OpenShift is available in Red Hat's usual open source support subscriptions.

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

As a consultant, I have no installed OpenShift for my own solutions. But I have worked with Openshift and Cloud Foundry. Both are excellent products. But some of the… more»

What other advice do I have?

While a PaaS is not for everyone, OpenShift mixes the best combination of new technology with the reuse of existing technology. This reuse of familiar options gives… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Not really applicable to my situation. I support several products and recommend, then implement the best solution for my clients' needs.
Vendor
Cloud Architect at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 12 2017

What is most valuable?

The use of creating environments (Development, Staging, and Production) using easy to use PaaS dashboard, and through the use of RHC. It has a simple yet powerful way of… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The product has helped kick off applications for developers at speed. New joiners can just start using the platform, without bothering to set up an application stack… more»

What needs improvement?

Scaling has a few defects, such as not scaling up at threshold values. This needs improvement. Also, require little more integration perspective, such as Service Desk… more»

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

Pricing is good in comparison with AWS. The enterprise pricing is also competitive and is specifically fine-tuned to the type of environments we have.

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

Yes, we used IBM SoftLayer and we were not happy with it. Another solution that we are using is AWS, and we are pretty happy with it.

What other advice do I have?

It's a solid solution if you are looking for a perfect enterprise-level PaaS. AWS is a better solution if you are looking for IaaS.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

IBM SoftLayer.
Real User
Application architect, Senior UNIX system administrator, Middleware specialist at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Jun 29 2017

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… more»

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… more»

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… more»

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.

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… more»

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… more»
Consultant
Senior Systems Analyst at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Jun 26 2017

What is most valuable?

The pod solution and the on-demand solution are well suited, although I have feelings of loss regarding not using VMware. It is promising though. The project we are on is… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Right now the major point is cost effectiveness. The improvements I am expecting will be better presented when in full production.

What needs improvement?

For some reason there have been some DNS issues. At this time I am not convinced it is OpenShift though. I will have to circle back to this one.

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

Save money and get OpenShift. Literally.

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

We were using VMware which is more expensive for no good reason. Thank you OpenShift.

What other advice do I have?

Do your homework. Take the time to analyze what you really want and need. I am not saying this is the absolute answer to all your questions as that would be unreasonable… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated VMware, but then I am biased. I will always choose Red Hat as I know all too well what it does as opposed to other solutions. I am not knocking other… more»
Consultant
Data Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Jun 26 2017

What is most valuable?

The ability to persist data, the security model, the web console, the installation - all of those features make using the product easier.

How has it helped my organization?

We develop software for customers that runs on OpenShift, so developing on a standard product like OpenShift supports our customers' need for cloud based container… more»

What needs improvement?

The security model is hard to understand and use. Debugging errors can be hard as well.

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

For trials and prototypes, the open source version of OpenShift will suffice for most users and is compatible with the licensed version of OpenShift.

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

We have not switched from another product. We also support other cloud offerings like Kubernetes.

What other advice do I have?

Start small, try the open source OpenShift Origin first, then develop a sample application to get accustomed to the platform.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Cloud Foundry but decided upon a Docker container based platform like OpenShift.
Vendor
Senior (Consultant) Software Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Jun 25 2017

What is most valuable?

Application deployment using YAML with Docker containers, creating services and providing routes. It is simple to build configurations and deploy your changes and promote… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We are better able to manage application development and promoting from development to staging to production using configurations.

What needs improvement?

They could provide a template for application deployment and building services and routes so it can all be promoted as a bundle if needed. This would allow the promotion… more»

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

I would try the online public OpenShift instance first and see if it is something that would provide benefit to each enterprise architecture and then go on from there.

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

We were using individual Tomcat on VMS for a high availability and scalable architecture.

What other advice do I have?

Try out OpenShift or read up on it first to see the benefits. Also build a Kubernetes cluster yourself to know what goes on under the hood in OpenShift.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have found RedHat OpenShift to provide the best solution and ease of use.
Vendor
Red Hat Certified Architect at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 25 2017

What is most valuable?

Great GUI and CLI tools allowing developers to deploy, test and delete projects on demand, freeing up time for the operations team to work on production readiness. Thanks to Docker images and… more»

What needs improvement?

The following issues need some attention: * Documentation: this is a very complex product and several areas are lacking proper documentation. * Templates: it takes a lot of effort to write satisfying… more»

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

I suggest they take licenses for physical nodes with two sockets and as many cores and as much RAM as possible. Then use a virtualization solution to create as many Kubernetes virtual nodes, knowing… more»

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

We did not use a previous solution.

What other advice do I have?

Take it for a spin with Minishift: https://www.openshift.org/mini... Use the free version of OpenShift called Origin for the development environment to save on licensing: https://www.openshift.org/… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We took a look at: OpenStack, Cloud Foundry, Mesosphere and Swarm.

What is OpenShift?

OpenShift is Red Hat's Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) that allows developers to quickly develop, host, and scale applications in a cloud environment. With OpenShift you have a choice of offerings, including online, on-premise, and open source project options.

OpenShift customers

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