Building an As-a-Service Development Environment: Benefits at a Glance

How Audi accelerates innovation with Red Hat’s enterprise Kubernetes platform

Companies that want to consistently drive innovation and accelerate application development need an adequate IT platform. It should support a wide variety of applications and use cases and be deployable both in the company’s own data center and across one or more cloud providers.

Innovative development projects require a secure, stable, and scalable environment. Equally important is a flexible, modular architecture that reduces risks, eliminates dependencies, and supports iterative work. Only with a flexible system can companies meet dynamically evolving business requirements. After all, the days of the rigid “plan-build-run” scheme are over, and adjustments and enhancements required at short notice are the order of the day. Finally, a development environment should also offer multi-cloud compatibility as enterprises increasingly use multiple cloud platforms. A decisive decision criterion and design principle for modern architectures is the principle of platform agnosticism.

Many companies – such as the German car manufacturer Audi – are overcoming these challenges with Red Hat OpenShift, an enterprise Kubernetes platform for designing, automating, scaling, and managing container-based applications. With automation across the stack, a consistent user experience across environments, and self-service provisioning, OpenShift makes it easier for developers to collaborate and get their ideas up and running faster and more efficiently. The platform is available as a fully managed cloud service on all leading public clouds or as self-managed software for enterprises. It can be used to build an as-a-service development environment based on open-source technology. This allows enterprises to leverage the flexibility and scalability of open source while avoiding dependency on a specific vendor. The solution environment supports faster deployment of applications on a stable, cross-cloud basis. This enables organizations to achieve several key objectives:

Shorter time-to-market

Until now, projects have fallen behind schedule due to time-consuming provisioning processes that often take up to six months. With automation, customized Kubernetes clusters and add-ons can be quickly provisioned for each project. This enables both experienced developers and Kubernetes novices to work more efficiently when designing, deploying, and migrating innovative solutions to on-premise and cloud environments.

Support for a wide range of applications

A Kubernetes environment provides a uniform basis for a wide variety of platforms, applications, and projects. This also provides a secure runtime environment with low dependencies for containers and projects.

Enhanced scalability

Modular, adaptable container infrastructure and robust automation technology support scaling applications using shared resources – regardless of the underlying physical infrastructure.

Audi is using Red Hat OpenShift as the basis for its new Kubika-O self-service development environment. The multi-tenant Kubernetes environment enables the company’s developers to more quickly design, deploy and scale new project environments for diagnostics, data management or emissions, for example. In doing so, Audi uses Red Hat OpenShift Service on AWS (Amazon Web Services) and Microsoft Azure. Further information on the use of Red Hat OpenShift by Audi can be found in a case study at https://www.redhat.com/rhdc/managed-files/rh-audi-case-study-f29466pr-202109-en_1.pdf

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