9 March, 2021

Red Hat, Inc. and GitHub announced extended collaboration between the two companies, emphasizing Red Hat OpenShift through GitHub Actions and more. Red Hat is adding Red Hat GitHub Actions to the GitHub Marketplace, bringing GitHub’s DevOps, continuous integration/continuous development (CI/CD) and developer workflow automation tools to Red Hat OpenShift.

This further refines the application development capabilities of Kubernetes platform with GitHub Actions, adding more freedom to how developers can build and deploy applications on Red Hat OpenShift across the open hybrid cloud.

Combining Red Hat OpenShift with GitHub Actions will help our customers more securely automate nearly all their cloud-native development and DevOps workflows, providing a unified experience across the hybrid cloud that is exceptionally friendly to developers, security and operations teams,” says Jeremy Epling – Vice President of Product Management at GitHub.

Using GitHub’s built-in flexible CI/CD solution, GitHub Actions puts automation directly in the developer path, making it possible for nearly any event in a GitHub repository, like a pull-request or issue comment, to trigger workflows that can build and deploy applications across an IT environment and automate nearly any process in the software lifecycle.

Red Hat OpenShift now supports GitHub Actions, enabling organizations to standardize and scale their use of open, standardized developer toolchain components like Quay, Buildah, or Source-to-Image (s2i). This helps to meet developers where they are and provides choice and flexibility to OpenShift customers in how they build and deploy applications. The new GitHub Actions for Red Hat OpenShift, along with existing actions on GitHub Marketplace and action workflows, make it possible to achieve simple as well as complex application workflows on Red Hat’s enterprise Kubernetes platform using an extensive array of standards-based tools.

As part of the collaboration, GitHub has also joined OpenShift Commons, a community that helps drive connections and collaboration across the OpenShift ecosystem. Beyond Actions and GitHub Marketplace, Red Hat and GitHub are also exploring self-hosted GitHub runners for OpenShift. A runner is the combined application and server that hosts a job and carries out the steps for an Action workflow. Self-hosting runners gives IT teams more control and flexibility over the hardware and software included as part of their environment. This means that end users can increase memory size, enable GPUs, or install software that may only be available locally as part of a tailored application development experience.

The addition of GitHub Actions builds on Red Hat OpenShift’s robust developer experience, which includes OpenShift GitOps (based on ArgoCD) and OpenShift Pipelines (based on Tekton). OpenShift is now able to provide a complete solution for DevOps and GitOps practitioners as they seek to build, deploy, and maintain cloud-native applications.

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