RedHat OpenShift Industry Use Case

OpenShift is a family of containerization software products developed by RedHat. Its flagship product is the OpenShift Container Platform — an on-premises as a services built around Docker Container orchestrated and managed by Kubernetes on a foundation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The family’s other products provide this platform through different environments: OKD serves as the community-driven upstream(akin to the way that Fedora is upstream of Red Hat Enterprise Linux), OpenShift Online is the platform offered as Software as a Service, and Openshift Dedicated is the platform offered as a managed service.

Features and benefits

  • Build fast, Ship first, Deploy everywhere : Red Hat OpenShift helps teams build with speed, agility, confidence, and choice. Code in production mode anywhere you choose to build. Get back to doing work that matters.
  • Build with Kubernetes, Trust with Red Hat : Red Hat OpenShift is focused on security at every level of the container stack and throughout the application lifecycle. It includes long-term, enterprise support from one of the leading Kubernetes contributors and open source software companies.


Brazilian retailer cuts app delivery time with Red Hat OpenShift


  • Reduced development time and costs with better code quality and hardware use
  • Improved IT talent recruitment by adopting modern architecture and technology

Modernizing infrastructure to support retail business growth

Havan supported its growing operations with a traditional Microsoft Windows and SQL Server architecture running in its datacenter. Development of all applications — from purchasing and logistics to online and in-store sales — was completed by an internal team of 200 people, called Havan Labs. However, manual processes meant publishing a new version was time-consuming and prone to failures.

While the retailer had adopted some modern approaches, such as DevOps and continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD), incomplete integration between platforms delayed delivery of bug fixes and new features to enhance Havan’s customer experience..

To speed the development process and keep pace with growth, Havan’s IT department began to search for newer technology that could offer greater agility. As a result of this search, the retailer sought a Kubernetes container platform that could run on-premise with its datacenter hardware and software.

Supporting DevOps approach with enterprise container technology from Red Hat

“Our development process was based on an old methodology,” said Varela. “We found that Red Hat OpenShift would assist us in adopting modern development best practices, including DevOps.”

Deployed and run by Service IT, Red Hat OpenShift is a Kubernetes-based platform that offers a complete application container environment to support the architecture, processes, and services Havan needs to support its development and operations teams.

In addition to ongoing assistance from Service IT, Havan works with a Red Hat Technical Account Manager (TAM), a highly skilled technical expert with extensive industry and Red Hat product knowledge, to support its new Red Hat OpenShift environment.

“The close relationship between Red Hat and Service IT, with dedicated staff working exclusively on this project, made it easier to get things done,” said Varela.

Speeding IT and services enhancements with flexible containers and efficient processes

Decreased application delivery time from weeks to days

Now, Havan’s IT teams can create and launch new applications and service updates faster with its new container-based development environment built with Red Hat OpenShift. The retailer’s developers can use self-service provisioning to create standardized yet customizable environments for their projects.

“Previously, it took about 6 weeks for an application to go live. Now, we can push them live in less than 3 days,” said Varela.

Improved code quality and resource use to save time and money

Additionally, switching to container technology and adopting new monitoring and telemetry capabilities has helped the retailer cost-effectively adapt its hardware footprint and resource use as it grows. With Red Hat OpenShift, Havan can more easily view application and cluster resource use, as well as application logs.

Enhanced talent recruitment and retention

In addition, to optimize compatibility with Red Hat OpenShift and leading container technology, Havan’s developers have shifted their work from Microsoft’s .NET Framework to .NET Core, an open source, cross-platform version that works across Windows and Linux operating systems. This transition to a more flexible, agile framework and modern container technology is an example of a shift that will help the retailer recruit qualified developer talent.


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