Getting Started With The Keycloak Single Sign-On Operator

Modern application environments are complex and getting more complex every day. The environments need to support multiple deployment infrastructures, application architectures, programming languages, and frameworks. 

It can be challenging and time-consuming for operations and development teams to be experts in all of the different technologies in order to install, configure, and maintain them. Kubernetes operators help streamline the installation, configuration, and maintenance complexity.

Keycloak is a single sign-on solution for web apps and RESTful web services. The goal of Keycloak is to make it easy for application developers to secure their apps and services. Security features that developers normally have to write for themselves are provided out of the box and are easily customizable to the individual requirements.

Keycloak supports standard protocols like OAuth 2.0, OpenID Connect, SAML 2.0.  It provides a number of features including:

  • Acts as a centralized authentication server
  • Provides user federation to sync users from LDAP and Active Directory servers
  • Integrates with 3rd party identity providers including social networks
  • Provides Rest APIs and an administration GUI for central management of users, roles, role mappings, clients and configuration.

The installation and configuration of the Keycloak SSO server on OpenShift can now be automated using the operator.  The operator creates the following Kubernetes resources:

  • Keycloak Server
  • Keycloak Realm
  • Keycloak Backup
  • Keycloak Client
  • Keycloak User

[Video] Getting Started With The Keycloak SSO Operator

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Getting Started With The Red Hat Business Automation Operator

Modern application environments are complex and getting more complex every day. The environments need to support multiple deployment infrastructures, application architectures, programming languages, and frameworks. 

It can be challenging and time-consuming for operations and development teams to be experts in all of the different technologies in order to install, configure, and maintain them. Kubernetes operators help streamline the installation, configuration, and maintenance complexity.

Red Hat® Process Automation is a set of products for intelligently automating business decisions and processes. Process Automation lets users capture business policies and procedures, create applications that automate business operations, and measure the results of business activities.

Red Hat Process Automation is based on the Drools, jBPM, and OptaPlanner communities.

The combined power of Red Hat Process Automation plus the OpenShift container management system streamlines the deployment, delivery, and scalability of cloud­-native applications.

The installation and configuration of Red Hat Process Automation on OpenShift can now be automated using the Business Automation operator.  The operator creates the following Kubernetes resources:

  • Business Central: a web-based interactive environment used for developing, deploying, and monitoring services.
  • Process Server: also known as Execution Server or KIE Server, runs the decision services and process applications

[Video] Install Business Process Automation Tools Using the Business Automation Operator

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Getting Started With The Red Hat AMQ Streams Operator

Modern application environments are complex and getting even more complex every day. The environments need to support multiple deployment infrastructures, application architectures, programming languages, and frameworks.

It can be challenging and time-consuming for operations and development teams to be experts in all of the different technologies in order to install, configure, and maintain them. Kubernetes operators help streamline the installation, configuration, and maintenance complexity.

Red Hat® AMQ Streams is a scalable, distributed, and high-performance data streaming platform. It is based on the Strimzi community project which provides a way to run Apache Kafka on Kubernetes. AMQ Streams offers a distributed backbone that allows microservices and other applications to share data with extremely high throughput and extremely low latency. Additionally, running Kafka on Kubernetes allows organizations to simplify operations such as upgrades, scaling, restarts, and monitoring which are more-or-less built into the Kubernetes platform.

Red Hat AMQ Streams delivers the following capabilities:

  • Kafka Cluster – deploys and manages all of the Kafka components including dependencies like Apache ZooKeeper®.
  • Kafka Connect – allows for the configuration of common data sources and sinks to move data into and out of the Kafka cluster.
  • Topic Management – creates and manages Kafka Topics within the cluster.
  • User Management – creates and manages Kafka Users within the cluster.
  • Kafka Mirror Maker – allows for mirroring data between different Apache Kafka ® clusters.
  • Kafka Bridge – allows clients to send and receive messages through an Apache Kafka ® cluster via HTTP protocol.
  • Upgrade Capabilities – the operator can upgrade between a set of Kafka versions.

Storage

An efficient data storage infrastructure is essential to the optimal performance of Apache Kafka®. Apache Kafka® deployed via Strimzi requires block storage and supports three types of data storage:

  1. Ephemeral (Recommended for development only)
  2. Persistent
  3. JBOD (Just a Bunch of Disks) – supports advanced operations such as adding or removing disks in Apache Kafka® brokers or resizing the persistent volumes (where supported by the infrastructure).

[Video] Install Red Hat® AMQ Streams Using an OpenShift Operator

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