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Kong collaborates with Red Hat bringing new API tools to OpenShift and Kubernetes

By Ryan Morris-Reade, 26 Aug 2021

Cloud connectivity company Kong has announced a collaboration with Red Hat to deliver the Kong Konnect platform on Red Hat OpenShift. 

As part of the collaboration, Kong achieved Red Hat operator certification for Kong Konnect on Red Hat OpenShift. Kong is among the first Red Hat partners in API management to establish a collaboration and operator certification for OpenShift. 

The Kong Konnect solution allows enterprises to accelerate time to market for new cloud-native applications as the adoption of containers and Kubernetes rises. According to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation 2020 survey, 92% of organisations reported running containers in production environments, and in those environments, 83% also use Kubernetes.

Kong says enterprises invest a significant amount of time and resources to make Kubernetes work for them. Developer teams frequently run into hidden challenges and face difficult decisions when building, operating, and maintaining Kubernetes in production.  

"At Finastra, we believe the future of finance is open. Kong and OpenShift enable us to bring that future forward in a more secure, cloud-native way consistently, regardless of public or private clouds," says Finastra senior VP of enterprise architecture, Joseph White.

"This collaboration allows organisations to deploy Kong Konnect on Red Hat OpenShift, providing more unified connectivity across edge API gateways, Kubernetes Ingress and service mesh deployments. The combination of Kong Konnect Enterprise and Red Hat OpenShift can help organisations enable microservices and cloud-native architectures in support of digital transformation initiatives across hybrid and multi-cloud."

Red Hat senior director, partner ecosystem, core cloud platforms, Julio Tapia, says Kong has worked closely with Red Hat to streamline and automate deployments of Kong's API management solution on Red Hat OpenShift, so enterprises can better support their hybrid and multi-cloud strategies with Kong Konnect and OpenShift.
 
As a certified Red Hat operator, Kong Konnect is now available on the Red Hat Marketplace, an open cloud marketplace used to discover and access certified software for container-based environments across the hybrid cloud. 

"The combination of Kong Konnect and Red Hat OpenShift brings together two best-of-breed technologies built for the cloud era," says Kong VP of product, Reza Shafii. 

"Konnect's industry-leading, next-generation Kong Gateway deployed on Red Hat OpenShift helps accelerate organisations' move to cloud-native applications and the migration of legacy applications from monoliths to microservices."

To learn more about Kong Konnect and Red Hat OpenShift, register for the upcoming webinar with Kong and Red Hat executives on August 31, 2021.

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