Container adoption is on the rise as more developers are using containers to develop, deploy, and run both stateless and data-intensive stateful applications and workloads more quickly. But to ensure developers have access to the right tools to do their jobs, organizations may find the need to invest in multiple container platforms to support specific and varied uses cases \u2013 leading organizations to wonder: can container platforms co-exist and run side by side?\nIn most cases, the answer is yes \u2013 and is an option that should be considered based on the business use cases and workloads being addressed. In Take Your Analytics into Hyperdrive in 2021, Matthew Hausmann explains, \u201cStateful apps are a different beast \u2013 running petabyte scale analytics is very different from running microservices web search.\u201d To solve such a challenge, Hausmann advises, \u201cUsing the right tool for the right job is necessary. Don\u2019t be afraid of co-existing multiple platforms to complement your existing solutions and address your varied use cases to deal with scale, performance, and data gravity issues.\u201d\nAn example of two container platforms that co-exist and complement each other well to address a variety of use cases is Red Hat\u00ae OpenShift\u00ae and HPE Ezmeral.\nHow Red Hat OpenShift and HPE Ezmeral complement one another\nRed Hat OpenShift is the clear leader when it comes to agile and modern application development as it was created to address the complexity of a DevOps platform. With advanced deployment tools and a tight integration with Red Hat\u2019s Ansible\u00ae automation suite, OpenShift is the platform for a host of microservices-focused workloads.\nWhile Red Hat OpenShift is strong with building and deploying stateless microservices-focused applications that don\u2019t contain data, the offering is still immature when it comes to delivering data-intensive applications requiring persistent data that may span from edge to cloud. Red Hat\u2019s acquisition of NooBaa, renamed to Red Hat OpenShift Container Storage, has helped with persistent data intended to be a part of the OpenShift environment but is not a highly resilient global data fabric with a single global namespace.\nFortunately, with HPE Ezmeral (a software portfolio that consists of HPE Ezmeral Container Platform, HPE Ezmeral Data Fabric, and HPE Ezmeral ML Ops) as the data platform, customers can strengthen and future-proof Red Hat OpenShift\u2019s ability to run applications that require large quantities of data and take on an AIOps and MLOps workloads from the comforts of the OpenShift management plane. HPE Ezmeral can strengthen the capabilities of OpenShift by providing:\n\n\nA data lifecycle platform that allows Red Hat OpenShift to run both stateless and data-intensive stateful applications on one unified solution.\n\n\nA mature and extremely fast persistent data store that is based on a distributed data store.\n\n\nAn integrated global data fabric to connect disparate storage solution into a single global namespace.\n\n\nThe ability to tap into data anywhere in the world \u2013 from edge, cloud, core, and far edge environments.\n\n\nIntegrated tools to make AIOps and MLOps workloads easy to deploy and repeatable across all environments.\n\n\nA zero-trust security solution based on SPIFFE and SPIRE to secure any and all containerized applications.\n\n\nHandling different workloads\nNow don\u2019t get me wrong \u2013 HPE Ezmeral and Red Hat Openshift are both designed around the Kubernetes Container Orchestrator so there will be overlapping features, but the two platforms really are designed for different workloads.\nRed Hat OpenShift was created with application developers in mind \u2013 with its rich ecosystem of developer tools available through a single click on the same platform. HPE Ezmeral was designed to handle all data-intensive workloads with a focus on data science, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning (ML). Both platforms are very good at what they are developed for, so in most organizations the two can co-exist and run side-by-side to address different use cases (Figure 1). The proverbial glue that will hold everything together will be the HPE Ezmeral Data Fabric, whether you are just running Red Hat OpenShift or running it in parallel with HPE Ezmeral to do both application development and advanced analytics workloads.\n\n\nFigure 1. Red Hat OpenShift and HPE Ezmeral can run side-by-side to address different use cases\n\n\nSample customer scenario\nLet\u2019s examine how a global oil and gas company is currently running HPE Ezmeral and extending the capabilities of Red Hat OpenShift to link all their sites together. The company has data in multiple clouds and local data centers and has drilling sites located across the globe. In certain countries, there isn\u2019t a reliable connection to the public cloud, or it may be prohibited by the government. For those sites, the data is stored locally. By implementing HPE Ezmeral Data Fabric, this customer can use a single global namespace and connect disparate systems together to form a common data plane. Now the data and application can live anywhere \u2013 whether it\u2019s on-premises or in the cloud \u2013 and are able to communicate with each other. In addition, HPE Ezmeral Data Fabric provides a very fast and resilient persistent data storage solution for Red Hat OpenShift so it can host applications with large amounts of data.\nTo expand and enable new use cases, the customer is currently evaluating the power of HPE Ezmeral Data Fabric to host a data lake and take advantage of DataTap technology within HPE Ezmeral Container Platform to access and share data. In this scenario, Red Hat OpenShift is the Kubernetes platform to host their applications \u2013 whether it is on-premises or in the cloud \u2013 and HPE Ezmeral Data Fabric is the modern common data platform. These are just a couple of examples of how container platforms can co-exist to address varied business use cases and create an environment that is truly better \u2013 together.\nFor a demonstration on how Red Hat OpenShift and HPE Ezmeral work together, contact HPE.\n____________________________________\nAbout Dejay Noy\n\nDejay Noy has been in the IT industry for over 25 years. He has held every job from technical support at AOL to running his own virtualization and consulting practice.