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With the idea of using containers becoming fairly well established and being embraced more widely thanks to the interoperability provided by Docker the focus in the open source market is switching more to apps and management tools.
As an increasing number of customers choose to take a containers approach to keeping information organised the headaches caused by trying to keep a tab on all of that information is becoming more of a challenge. It is now driving the industry to come up with solutions.
Red Hat is not only looking to improve the management of containers for customers but has reached out to the developer community to provide more functionality for users through the addition of millions of apps.
The opensource player is working with the likes of Google and Docker to encourage best practice in containers but is also keen to increase the number of relationships it has with ISVs to also push the technology forward.
Ashesh Badani, vice president and general manager of OpenShift at Red Hat, said that the industry had managed to solve the problem of making it possible to access different containers based on various vendor's technology, but now it had to move onto tackling management.
"They want to know how they are going to manage it and we need to work on solving that for users," he added that the open source community were already working together to come up with the answer.
As well as improving the management and responding to the ongoing needs to make the system secure and compliant there are also moves by Redhat to increase its activity with developers.
The software player launched the third version of its container application platform OpenShift earlier this summer and reached out to developers to start working with the technology.
"We started off saying we wanted more developers and now there are two and a half million aps launched on the platform and around 3-5,000 developers a week on the platform," said Badani.
The open source specialist wants to continue that momentum and is pledging to make it easy for those that have not developed apps in this area to get involved with on-boarding support.
"We are living in a world of contious change. Three years ago if you asked someone what Docker was they wouldn't know and now they do. when I talk to customers they are all talking about it and up to 80% are evaluating it. As a developer you have to keep up to date and watch what is happening in the market," he said.