Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Cloud
Fully automated. As-a-service. Extend into any on-prem, edge or public cloud environment with IBM Cloud Satellite.
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Red Hat® OpenShift® on IBM Cloud is a fully managed OpenShift Container Platform (OCP) (link resides outside Your compute hosts cluster can run on IBM Cloud Virtual Servers, IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers, or on your own hardware or third-party cloud using IBM Cloud Satellite.

With Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Cloud, OpenShift developers have a fast and secure way to containerize and deploy enterprise workloads in Kubernetes clusters. Because IBM manages OCP, you’ll have more time to focus on your core tasks.


Create an OpenShift cluster Create a standard cluster, open the OpenShift console and access built-in components. Deploy an app using IBM Cloud services in an OpenShift project; expose the app on an OpenShift route for public use. Take the tutorial
Deploy scalable web applications Scaffold a web application, run it locally in a container, push the code to a private Git repository, then deploy it to a cluster. Expose and scale the app, bind a custom domain and monitor the environment. Take the tutorial

Renew security certificates This tutorial shows how to use the OpenShift enterprise Kubernetes environment or a serverless approach to automate Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) or Transport Layer Security (TLS) certificate renewal. Take the tutorial

Deploy a PostgreSQL database This tutorial walks through the process of deploying a community operator into an existing Red Hat OpenShift project so you can create instances of the PostgreSQL database. Take the tutorial

Automate app deployment In this code pattern, we show you how we used Tekton to reduce the time to deploy an application from 45 minutes of clicking and configuring to 15 minutes and a few commands. Take the tutorial


Opinionated Kubernetes management. Fully automated. As-a-service.


Offload tedious and repetitive tasks involving security management, compliance management, deployment management and ongoing lifecycle management.

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Automated provisioning and configuration of infrastructure (compute, network and storage), and installation and configuration of OpenShift


Automatic multizone deployment in MZRs, including integration with CIS to execute cross-zone traffic routing


Automatic scaling, backups and failure recovery for OpenShift configurations, components and worker nodes


Automatic upgrades of all components (operating system, OpenShift components, cluster services) and performance tuning and security hardening


24x7 global SRE team maintenance of the health of the environment, with the team using its OpenShift and Kubernetes expertise to reach faster problem resolution


Built-in security, including image signing, image deployment enforcement, hardware trust, security patch management, and automatic compliance (HIPAA, PCI, SOC2, ISO)

Use cases

Secured platform designed for open innovation Real-world example: Mortgage company trims costs and accelerates regulatory compliance Problem: A mortgage company processes 70 million records a day, but its on-premises system was slow and inaccurate, taking 6–9 weeks for major app upgrades. IT expenses were high, and hardware wasn't being utilized fully. Solution: To improve risk analysis, the company looked to Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Cloud and IBM Cloud analytics services to reduce costs, increase availability and ultimately accelerate regulatory compliance. With Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Cloud operating in multiple regions, apps can be containerized and deployed across the globe, improving availability and addressing local regulations.
Fuel the industry's digital transformation, providing elevated omnichannel customer experiences Real-world example: Optimize cloud analytics Problem: A chief marketing officer (CMO) needs to increase customer traffic by 20% in stores by making the stores a differentiating asset. At the same time, the CMO needs to reduce inventory. Solution: On-demand compute, storage and event management that runs in public cloud with access to back-end ERP systems. Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Cloud provides easier spin-up of more compute, where developers quickly add cloud analytics services for sales behavior insights and digital market adaptability.
Deploy and scale workloads across the globe Real-world example: Shipping company increases availability of worldwide systems Problem: An IT exec has worldwide shipping, routing and scheduling systems that partners use to interact with. Partners require up-to-the-minute information from these systems that access IoT device data. But legacy systems were unable to scale across the globe with sufficient high availability (HA). Solution: Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Cloud scales containerized apps with five nines of availability to meet growing demands. App deployments occur 40 times daily when developers experiment, easily pushing changes to development and test systems quickly.

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IBM Cloud Satellite extends Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Cloud, creating a common infrastructure management layer across any number of on-prem, edge and multi-cloud environments.

Existing enterprise assets and apps were lifted and shifted while the integration to some on-premises systems that won’t be migrated was enabled.

Time-to-deploy solutions was shortened and standard DevOps and monitoring processes were implemented to address bugs that affected reporting accuracy.


Use IBM Cloud Satellite to extend and manage OpenShift, creating a common infrastructure management layer across any number of on-prem, edge and multi-environments.

IBM® Event Streams for IBM Cloud® just-in-time events platform is designed to bring in the rapidly changing information from inventory systems to IBM Streaming Analytics.

Jump-start development of mobile apps with the IBM Mobile Starter Kit and other mobile services from IBM, such as IBM Cloud® App ID.


Use containers and microservices to decompose legacy apps into portable workloads. Offload tedious and repetitive tasks around security, compliance, deployment and on-going lifecycle management to Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Cloud.

With IBM Cloud Satellite, extend these workloads into on-prem, edge, or multi-cloud environments. In each Satellite “location,” managed OpenShift clusters ensure high availability through CI/CD, and real-time data through eventing.

Customers, suppliers and operators can now access up-to-date business reporting; developers can funnel 100x updates daily to maintain reliability, while adding and testing new features.

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Frequently asked questions about pricing

You can use the Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Cloud command line interface (CLI) plug-in (ibmcloud oc) to create and manage your OpenShift cluster infrastructure, such as creating clusters and worker nodes. Then, you can use the OpenShift CLI (oc) to manage the resources within your OpenShift cluster, such as projects, pods and deployments.

Learn how to install the OpenShift CLI

Expose the services in your Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Cloud cluster on the router’s external IP address by using a route. By default, an OpenShift router is deployed to your cluster that functions as the ingress endpoint for external network traffic.

You can use the OpenShift router to create routes for your apps. Routes are assigned a publicly or privately accessible hostname from the router subdomain that external clients can use to send requests to your app. You can choose to create unsecured or secured routes by using the TLS certificate of the router to secure your hostname. When an external request reaches your hostname, the router proxies your request and forwards it to the private IP address that your app listens on.

Learn how to set up OpenShift routes

Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Cloud clusters include an internal registry to build, deploy and manage container images locally. For a private registry to manage and control access to images across your enterprise, you can also set up your cluster to use IBM Cloud® Container Registry.

Learn how to set it up an OpenShift container registry on IBM Cloud

You can use built-in security features in Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Cloud for risk analysis and security protection. These features help you to protect your cluster infrastructure and network communication, isolate your compute resources and ensure security compliance across your infrastructure components and container deployments.

Learn more

Follow the instructions in this solution tutorial to learn how to install the Red Hat OpenShift Service Mesh operator (along with other additional operators); configure an Istio ingress-gateway to expose a service outside of the service mesh; perform traffic management to set up important tasks, such as A/B testing and canary deployments; secure your microservice communications; and use metrics, logging and tracing to observe services.

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