If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering OpenShift Container Platform, what would you say?
How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?
Take some time to understand and learn the product before starting it. Our Red Hat products integrate well in our company. My company has a background with Red Hat. The people from our company had established relationships with Red Hat. I would rate this product as an eight out of 10.
We are a Red Hat partner. We're a consultancy firm. We started using OpenShift version two, then we migrated to OpenShift's version three and now we are on a complete version four. We tend to use all deployment models - on-premises, public and private clouds, and hybrid options. If a company is considering the solution, I would advise that they maybe start working with some guys who have experience with the product. It will be much more work otherwise, and you can save time by avoiding POCs. Overall, I would rate the solution ten out of ten. Even though the pricing is high, I knew what I was getting into, and for me, for the value we get from the product, it's worth the cost.
A common mistake is to assume that the solution can change the architecture type. e.g. some people think by using this solution they can change their application architecture into a microservices architecture. OpenShift is an orchestration architecture. These types of solutions are not intended to be run as a microservices architecture. Very often, the two become confused. As the cost of this product is expensive it should only be considered for large enterprises. There will also be a need to hire technical people, and this may also involve a training cost. There has to be a cost-benefit. It can be done as a single solution, but the solution itself is huge. You also need to make the best use of the solution. If you are processing millions of transactions, that would describe an adequate use. You need to calculate the solution costs against the work it is designed to do, otherwise, it becomes a cost overhead. Certainly, for a single application, it would be a waste of money. I would rate OpenShift Container Platform a nine out of ten.
What makes one a better choice than the other?