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Deploying Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 4.x on IBM Power Systems Virtual Servers

Introduction

Welcome to the learning series for Red Hat® OpenShift® Container Platform on IBM® Power Systems™ Virtual Servers. The goal of this learning series is to guide you through the setup and deployment steps necessary to create a Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform cluster in the Power Systems Virtual Server environment.

IBM Power Systems Virtual Server is a Power Systems enterprise infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offering. Power Systems Virtual Servers are physically located with low-latency connectivity to the IBM Cloud® infrastructure. With the Power Systems Virtual Server service, you can quickly create and deploy one or more virtual servers (that are running the IBM AIX®, IBM i, or Linux® operating systems). This learning series shows you how to create a Red Hat OpenShift cluster in your Power Systems Virtual Server account using terraform templates that can automate the cluster creation process.

After you have successfully deployed Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform on a Power Systems Virtual Server cluster, we provide additional tutorials that can help you to explore and understand the environment. These tutorials are not meant to be comprehensive but rather provide a sample, initial-use experience from where you can start your exploration and learning journey.

We also provide tutorials to explore deployment of IBM Cloud Pak® in the Power Systems Virtual Server environment. We guide you through the installation of IBM Cloud Pak for Data into your cluster as a representative Cloud Pak, and some simple tutorials for exploring a subset of features of Cloud Pak for Data as a starting point for your own learning journey. IBM Cloud Pak offerings are an integrated set of AI-infused software solutions for hybrid cloud that help you fully implement intelligent workflows in your business to accelerate digital transformation. The solutions are built on the Red Hat open hybrid cloud platform so you can build once and deploy anywhere.

Over time, we will be adding additional tutorials to address common use cases. Some of the benefits of Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform on Power Systems Virtual Server include:

  • Providing a great place to begin extension and modernization of workloads
  • Provisioning a development/test environment for modernization in the cloud
  • Enabling automation to assist clients with installing OpenShift and deploying a cluster
  • Enabling IBM Cloud Paks, ISV, and open source software to be deployed

Cloud-native development with OpenShift on IBM Power Systems Virtual Servers

In the following video, discover how easy it is to carve out logical partitions (LPARs) and deploy OpenShift Container Platform in IBM Power Systems Virtual Server, while using automation tools such as HashiCorp Terraform and Red Hat Ansible®, and also learn how a cloud-native application can be deployed and accessed on OpenShift Container Platform.



Red Hat OpenShift on Power Systems Virtual Server is a Bring Your Own License offering, so you will need to have the necessary license entitlement for Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat Linux (for the Bastion node) on Power in order to deploy a cluster. Trial licenses for Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux for Power, and IBM Cloud Pak for Data are available at:

Additionally, Red Hat OpenShift on Power Systems Virtual Server leverages OpenShift’s platform agnostic installer1

Join the community Slack channel, #guest-ocp-on-power, to get help deploying a cluster and to provide feedback on the tutorials in the learning series.

Learning path: Getting started with Red Hat OpenShift on Power Systems Virtual Server

Upon completion of this learning path, you will be able to:

  • Set up IBM Power Systems Virtual Server for Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform
  • Create OVA images for Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform on IBM Power Systems Virtual Servers
  • Create OVA images using a CentOS instance in IBM Power Systems Virtual Servers
  • Install Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 4.x on IBM Power Systems Virtual Servers
  • Use container images to install Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 4.x on IBM Power Systems Virtual Servers

Learning path: Exploring Red Hat OpenShift on Power Systems Virtual Server

Upon completion of this learning path, you will be able to:

  • Deploy Acme Air microservices application on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform
  • Deploy a sample MongoDB geospatial application on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform
  • Enable continuous deployment using Red Hat OpenShift S2I and GitHub webhooks
  • Deliver webhooks without worrying about firewalls
  • Install IBM Cloud Pak for Data 3.5 on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 4.6 on IBM Power Systems Virtual Server
  • Deploy Enterprise MongoDB using Helm charts on Red Hat OpenShift for IBM Power Systems
  • Build an application on IBM Power Systems Virtual Server using Tekton pipeline and triggers

Learning path: Advanced scenarios of Red Hat OpenShift on Power Systems Virtual Server

Upon completion of this learning path, you will be able to:

  • Securely access IBM Cloud services from Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform deployed on IBM Power Systems Virtual Server
  • Secure Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 4.x clusters and web-based deployments using IBM Power Systems Virtual Server
  • Back up etcd data from a Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform cluster to IBM Cloud Object Storage
  • Change worker node count on a deployed Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 4.x cluster on IBM Power Systems Virtual Servers
  • Configure access to a Red Hat OpenShift cluster on a private network in IBM Power Systems Virtual Server
  • Deploy containerized applications on Red Hat OpenShift for IBM Power Systems
  • Use IBM Cloud Application Load Balancer for VPC and IBM Cloud DNS Services with Red Hat OpenShift
  • Set up Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes on IBM Power Systems Virtual Server