As of 27 April 2020, Red Hat has decided to rename Red Hat OpenShift Container Engine to Red Hat OpenShift Kubernetes Engine in order to better communicate what value the product offering delivers.

Red Hat OpenShift Kubernetes Engine

Red Hat OpenShift Kubernetes Engine is a product offering from Red Hat that lets you use an enterprise class Kubernetes platform as a production platform for launching containers. You download and install OpenShift Kubernetes Engine the same way as OpenShift Container Platform as they are the same binary distribution, but OpenShift Kubernetes Engine offers a subset of the features that OpenShift Container Platform offers.

Similarities and differences

You can see the similarities and differences between OpenShift Kubernetes Engine and OpenShift Container Platform in the following table:

Table 1. Product comparison for OpenShift Kubernetes Engine and OpenShift Container Platform
OpenShift Kubernetes Engine OpenShift Container Platform

Fully Automated Installers

X

X

Over the Air Smart Upgrades

X

X

Enterprise Secured Kubernetes

X

X

Kubectl and oc automated command line

X

X

Operator Lifecycle Manager (OLM)

X

X

Administrator Web console

X

X

OpenShift Virtualization (CNV)

X

X

User Workload Monitoring

X

Metering and Cost Management SaaS Service

X

Platform Logging

X

Developer Web Console

X

Developer Application Catalog

X

Source to Image and Builder Automation (Tekton)

X

OpenShift Service Mesh (Kiali, Jaeger, and OpenTracing)

X