Testing out the New Free Red Hat Developer Subscription

April 18th, 2016 by

Whenever there are commercial products out in the IT ecosystem, it can often be difficult for us to get our hands on them to really kick the tires and test out the features and functionality. In a single product, this makes sense as the use-cases are generally more simple to work through in a typical 15, 30, or 60 day trial.

When you are testing out a full OS and development platform, that can be a lot more challenging to fit in effective testing within the trial period. This is where Red Hat has seen the opportunity to help by opening the doors to a few of their commercial products under a new free developer’s subscription.

Red Hat Developer Subscription for All!

The blog title caught my eye as it stated No-Cost RHEL Developer Subscription now available as published hours before April 1st. Obviously, this would have been a rather nasty April Fool’s prank, and it’s comically referred to at the start of the article.

What the Red Hat team has acknowledged is that the development community is a key market for them to embrace. They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and similarly, the way to an IT organization’s preferred vendor list is through the development team.

What’s in the Developer Subscription?

There are a few very cool offerings that are packaged inside the Developer Subscription including these as noted on the announcement blog:

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Image source: http://developers.redhat.com/blog/2016/03/31/no-cost-rhel-developer-subscription-now-available/

 

So, with a free subscription, you can download and deploy all of these RH products as well as JBoss and other development frameworks. Both the infrastructure and the application layers are covered, whether you want to tackle regular RHEL server infrastructure for traditional operations tasks, or move up the stack to use OpenShift for container infrastructure.

At the top of the stack are the developers tools and products that will drive all the bits that are closer to the consumer. As operations folks, it’s important to be familiar with the products that are in the development toolkit, because one way or another, you’re on the hook to support them.

Why Red Hat?

Having made a successful business on layering management features and support on top of open source products, Red Hat has gotten the best of both worlds. They are able to leverage the widely growing and active open source ecosystem to nurture and develop their products, and then build out support structures and proprietary tools to ease the pain for the elusive Enterprise customers to jump on board.

Given the growth in use of CentOS as a guest platform for thousands upon thousands of active web application environments, it’s not difficult to see the value in bringing RHEL into your IT portfolio to get the best of what’s out there along with some support that doesn’t lie within the tribal knowledge of the web team.

Red Hat Developer Platform Series

Since the first step of getting started is often the most challenging, I think it’s appropriate that we walk through this together and give you a chance to do a little community growing together using these freely available tools.

The next few blogs are going to help you get up and running by:

Deploying a Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 (RHEL7) server
– Learning some common management processes to update RHEL
– Explore the Container Development Kit
– Launch and manage RHEL instances on Microsoft Azure
– OpenShift Deep Dive for Sysadmins

While the Azure portion of the series will be on a platform that does cost real dollars, the goal is to give you an idea of just how simple it will be to take what we do in the RHEL and OpenShift environment and bring that to the public cloud using the same tools and techniques.

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