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Red Hat Lowers Barriers to Artificial Intelligence Projects with Red Hat OpenShift
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March 23, 2022 News

 

Red Hat Inc., the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, has announced new certifications and capabilities for Red Hat OpenShift aimed at accelerating the delivery of intelligent applications across the hybrid cloud. These enhancements, including the certification of Red Hat OpenShift with NVIDIA AI Enterprise 2.0, as well as the general availability of Red Hat OpenShift 4.10, are intended to help organisations deploy, manage and scale Artificial Intelligence (AI) workloads with confidence.

According to Gartner®, worldwide AI software revenue is forecast to total USD $62.5 billion in 2022, an increase of 21.3% from 2021. As enterprises integrate AI and Machine Learning capabilities into cloud-native applications to deliver more insight and customer value, they need a more agile, flexible and scalable platform for developing and deploying ML models and intelligent applications into production more quickly. Red Hat OpenShift is engineered to provide this foundation, and with these updates, Red Hat OpenShift makes it easier for organisations to add AI workloads to the industry’s leading enterprise Kubernetes platform.

“As organisations turn to intelligent, AI/ML-powered applications to inform strategic decisions and gain a competitive advantage, we see containers and Kubernetes as the keys to accelerating this new application lifecycle,” said Joe Fernandes, Vice President and General Manager, Platforms Business Group, at Red Hat. “Red Hat OpenShift not only provides the flexibility, portability and scalability to train, test, and deploy ML models but also integrated DevOps capabilities for better collaboration between data scientists and software developers. Through our collaboration with NVIDIA, we are helping customers accelerate a diverse range of AI applications while also streamlining adoption.”

Streamlining AI innovation

While AI is transforming how enterprises do business, operationalising an AI infrastructure can be complex and time- and resource-intensive. To help accelerate the process, Red Hat OpenShift is now certified and supported with the NVIDIA AI Enterprise 2.0 software suite, an end-to-end, cloud-native suite of AI and data analytics software that runs on mainstream, NVIDIA-Certified Systems. The integrated platform delivers NVIDIA’s flagship AI software, the NVIDIA AI Enterprise suite, optimised for Red Hat OpenShift. With NVIDIA AI Enterprise on Red Hat OpenShift, data scientists and developers can more quickly train models, build them into applications and deploy at scale.

Customers now have the option to deploy Red Hat OpenShift on NVIDIA-Certified Systems with NVIDIA Enterprise AI software as well as on previously supported NVIDIA DGX A100 systems, a universal high performance compute system for AI workloads. This allows organisations to consolidate and accelerate the MLOps lifecycle, including data engineering, analytics, training, software development and inference, into a unified, easier-to-deploy AI infrastructure. Additionally, Red Hat OpenShift’s integrated DevOps and GitOps capabilities enable MLOps to speed up continuous delivery of AI-powered applications.

This complements the planned support for NVIDIA GPUs available with Red Hat OpenShift Data Science, announced previously.

A Comprehensive Platform to Run AI/ML Workloads

Red Hat OpenShift 4.10 continues the platform’s expansion to support a broad spectrum of cloud-native workloads across the open hybrid cloud, enabling organisations to run AI/ML workloads in even more environments. The latest version of OpenShift adds support for additional public clouds and hardware architectures, providing organisations the flexibility to choose where to run their applications by making development as easy and as consistent as possible. New features and capabilities designed to accelerate AI/ML workloads include:

  • Installer provisioned infrastructure (IPI) supportfor Azure Stack Hub as well as Alibaba Cloud and IBM Cloud, both available as a technology preview. Users can now use the IPI process for fully automated, integrated, one-click installation of OpenShift 4.
  • Running Red Hat OpenShift on Arm® processors. Arm support will be available in two ways: full stack automation IPI for Amazon Web Services (AWS) and user provisioned (UPI) for bare-metal on pre-existing infrastructure. This provides users with the same experience they have come to expect from Red Hat OpenShift on AWS, backed by the latest Arm-based instances.
  • Red Hat OpenShift availability on NVIDIA LaunchPad. NVIDIA LaunchPadprovides free access to curated labs for enterprise IT and AI professionals to experience NVIDIA-accelerated systems and software. With Red Hat OpenShift now available on LaunchPad, enterprises can get hands-on lab experience configuring, optimising and orchestrating resources for AI and data science workloads using NVIDIA AI Enterprise with Red Hat.

“Artificial Intelligence has potential to define the future of technology, but it requires more diverse and specialized computing solutions combined with the best possible developer experience,” said Eddie Ramirez, Vice President, Infrastructure Line of Business, at Arm.
“By adding support for Arm to OpenShift, Red Hat is providing software developers with compelling, new choices in AI processing and helping to unlock the benefits of high performing, cost-efficient Arm-based processors in hybrid cloud-based environments.”

Better Oversight and Compliance Features for Diverse, Modern Workloads

Managing diverse, modern workloads can frequently require additional oversight and governance. To help users support their regulatory standard enforcement programs, Red Hat OpenShift 4.10 includes three new compliance operators that enable users to check their cluster for compliance and remediate identified issues. The compliance profiles include:

  • The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), a set of security standards focused on helping companies that accept, process, store or transmit credit card information with greater confidence.
  • North American Electric Reliability Corporation Critical Infrastructure Protection(NAERC CIP), a set of requirements to address the security needs associated with operating North America’s bulk electric system.
  • FedRAMP Moderateimpact level, the standard for cloud computing security for controlled, unclassified information across federal government agencies.

Additionally, Red Hat OpenShift 4.10 includes the general availability of sandboxed containers. Sandboxed containers provide an optional additional layer of isolation for workloads with stringent application-level security requirements. Improvements have also been made to OpenShift in disconnected or air-gapped settings, simplifying the process of installing disconnected OpenShift clusters. This simplifies maintaining mirrors of OpenShift images and keeping them up to date as if they were a connected cluster.

Availability

NVIDIA Enterprise AI 2.0 on Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat OpenShift 4.10 are now generally available.

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