Red Hat extends OpenShift PaaS strategy

OpenShift Platform-as-a-Service to help enterprises deploy open cloud solutions

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Red Hat extends OpenShift PaaS strategy OpenShift will allow enterprises to to build and run their applications, however best fits their business needs, says Crenshaw.
By  Mark Sutton Published  May 15, 2012

Red Hat has outlined its strategy for its OpenShift Platform-as-a-Service cloud application platform.

The software vendor will extend OpenShift PaaS to allow enterprises to use both leading-edge DevOps operational models, as well as traditional application management methodologies. Red Hat intends to enable companies to access cloud computing in a flexible fashion with a high degree of development efficiency, with a choice of programming languages, frameworks and application lifecycle tools to deliver the cloud solutions they need.

The OpenShift platform has evolved to include emerging development languages such as Node.js and became the first PaaS to support Java EE 6 and to offer comprehensive lifecycle support for Java in the cloud. Red Hat also made available to the open source community the code that powers its OpenShift platform through the open source OpenShift Origin project in April 2012.

OpenShift is intended to allow companies to tailor their PaaS deployments to allow for operational considerations around compliance, enterprise architecture standards (including ITIL or other methodologies), IT governance, security, application lifecycle management, application development methodologies, organizational and process restrictions, data and compute locality and privacy restrictions and more.

The Red Hat solutions line up will allow companies to use OpenShift as a service, in a fee-based service with full support from Red Hat which is expected to be available later this year; to deploy and manage their own private PaaS leveraging the OpenShift PaaS platform, built on Red Hat enterprise technology and to deploy OpenShift on a variety of cloud and virtualization providers.

"With the growth of the cloud market, developers have embraced PaaS due to the agility, speed and flexibility these platforms offer. Of the many PaaS offerings available, we haven't seen any yet address the full needs of the enterprise," said Scott Crenshaw, vice president and general manager, Cloud Business Unit at Red Hat. "However someone wants to build and manage their applications, they should be able to. With the PaaS roadmap and strategy we are outlining today, we're paving the way for enterprises to use a Red Hat-powered open cloud application platform to build and run their applications, however best fits their business needs."

"While use of PaaS and the blending of application development and deployment known as DevOps are growing rapidly and we expect the enterprise PaaS market to be worth more than $3 billion by 2015, it is still early days for PaaS offerings, combinations and support," said Jay Lyman, senior analyst for 451 Research, a division of leading global analyst and data company The 451 Group. "That's why it is critical that the underlying components and supported pieces of PaaS are open, flexible and available the way customers and developers want them, which is typically in the cloud, on-premises or both. Red Hat's OpenShift PaaS benefits from its depth of enterprise Java support for the application lifecycle and Java EE6. This is key for enterprises looking to scale, automate and treat software as services, not only for new applications and development, but also for their large, legacy investment, infrastructure and process around existing applications."

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