OKD Overview

OKD (Origin Kubernetes Distribution) is a distribution of Kubernetes optimized for continuous application development and multi-tenant deployment. OKD add developer and operations-centric tools on top of Kubernetes to enable rapid application development, easy deployment and scaling, and long-term lifecycle maintenance for small and large teams. OKD is the upstream Kubernetes distribution embedded in Red Hat OpenShift.

OKD Built around a core of OCI container packaging and Kubernetes container cluster management, OKD is also augmented by application lifecycle management functionality and DevOps tooling. OKD provides a complete open source container application platform.

OKD is a platform for developing and running containerized applications. It is designed to allow applications and the data centers that support them to expand from just a few machines and applications to thousands of machines that serve millions of clients.

With its foundation in Kubernetes, OKD incorporates the same technology that serves as the engine for massive telecommunications, streaming video, gaming, banking, and other applications. Its implementation in open Red Hat technologies lets you extend your containerized applications beyond a single cloud to on-premise and multi-cloud environments.

OKD provides enterprise-ready enhancements to Kubernetes, including the following enhancements:

  • Hybrid cloud deployments. You can deploy OKD clusters to a variety of public cloud platforms or in your data center.
  • Integrated Red Hat technology. Major components in OKD come from Fedora and related Red Hat technologies. OKD benefits from the intense testing and certification initiatives for Red Hat’s enterprise quality software.
  • Open source development model. Development is completed in the open, and the source code is available from public software repositories. This open collaboration fosters rapid innovation and development.

Although Kubernetes excels at managing your applications, it does not specify or manage platform-level requirements or deployment processes. Powerful and flexible platform management tools and processes are important benefits that OKD 4 offers. The following sections describe some unique features and benefits of OKD.

If you are looking for enterprise-level support, or information on partner certification, Red Hat also offers Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.