Developing and deploying applications on OpenShift? Great stuff. Losing out on time to market when your clusters stop running? Not so much.
With all their incredible benefits, clustered systems do come with challenges — one of them is maintaining zero down time. But there are some tricks and tools you can implement to work around them. In this insight, we cover how to keep your OpenShift clusters running so you can scale, update, and deploy your applications disruption-free.
When using a streamlined platform like OpenShift, you’re already on track to speeding up the delivery of new applications to your business. It’s likely why your tech team sees value in it: OpenShift and container technology generally automate many steps in their workload and make it quicker, easier, and more efficient.
At the same time, containerized workloads often involve applications that consist of many individual components, which run separate to one another. This can make it challenging to monitor your containers during runtime and ensure compliance. Other factors — like application failures or cluster administration errors — can also result in downtime, which means plenty of sunk costs in the long run.
But when you improve an application's uptime, you end up with happier developers and users. Increasing your cluster efficiency can help prevent outages even if application instances or their infrastructure restart or issue problems. We’ve covered why investing in OpenShift is a smart business decision and how it can help you stay ahead of the competition in the tech landscape — and some steps to help ensure that your clusters are performing at their best pace.
OpenShift comes with sophisticated enterprise features that support compliance and multi-cluster management — so we’ve put together some best practices to get you started. Here's what we've tried and tested successfully at TRIGO to keep our OpenShift clusters running like clockwork:
Along with these tips, we’d highly recommend using application monitoring and alerting tools like Prometheus and Grafana. These tools help provide quick updates for the speed and health of applications in production. You could also give OpenShift Service Mesh a go, which lets you implement resilience measures without changing any of your application code.
If you don’t have a dedicated platform team to maintain your OpenShift cluster, check out TRIGO's OpenShift Consulting and Operating services, which we cover a little further below. Till then, here's a product that helps you manage your clusters with minimal stress: Red Hat Hybrid Cloud Console Services, including its OpenShift Cluster Manager.
OpenShift Cluster Manager is a managed service on the Red Hat Hybrid Cloud Console. You can use it to install, manage, and upgrade Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform clusters and create clusters on OpenShift Dedicated and OpenShift Service on AWS (ROSA). Using this also helps you:
The Red Hat Hybrid Cloud Console also provides integrated services like the Red Hat Insights Advisor. This helps you monitor the health and performance of your OpenShift Container Platform clusters and avoid downtime by highlighting whether your apps and services are available. The Insights Advisor can also help you identify security risks, affected clusters, and steps you can take.
And here’s a final option for managing your OpenShift clusters and keeping them running smoothly: partnering with us at TRIGO. We're a custom software development service with years of experience planning, implementing, and managing OpenShift technologies for our clients — when you need a team that brings both a professional and human perspective and is dedicated to your growth as a business.
At TRIGO, we’ve seen first-hand the incredible benefits a modernized, scalable OpenShift tech stack has brought to our major brand clients — like Santander and 3-S-IT. Because of this, we’ve doubled down on our services for addressing your needs when you’re struggling to keep your OpenShift cluster running smoothly.
Partnering with us means our clients get the full benefits of our OpenShift Consulting and Operations team. We provide you with the expertise you need to plan, implement, and manage your OpenShift clusters smoothly — with and without our support. Along with this, our team also supports our clients in the following:
If you’re interested in learning more about how our OpenShift consulting services work in practice, we’d love to hear from you. Feel free to book a first free consultation with Christian, our Head of Cloud Native Services, today — and let’s get the conversation started.
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