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Red Hat delivers open on-premise PaaS

Enterprise offering is industry first, says company

Red Hat delivers open on-premise PaaS
Badani: This product offers our customers further freedom and choice in the cloud.

Open-source solutions provider Red Hat, Inc announced on Wednesday the next step in the delivery of its Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) strategy with the general availability of OpenShift Enterprise, an enterprise-ready PaaS product from Red Hat that is designed to be installed on-premise within customer data centres or private, public or hybrid clouds.

"The product enables customers to streamline and standardise developer workflows, facilitating increased IT service delivery velocity that can better support business demands," said Red Hat.

This news fulfills Red Hat's plans for an on-premise PaaS offering, first announced in May 2012, and establishes the industry's first comprehensive, open on-premise PaaS for enterprises.

OpenShift Enterprise provides enterprise users with access to a cloud-based application platform, enhancing an enterprise's ability to build the applications it needs and have them run in a cloud architecture.

"It automates much of the provisioning and systems management of the application platform stack in a way that enables the IT operations team to more easily meet growing business demands for new application services," the company said.

OpenShift Enterprise also provides an on-demand, elastic, scalable and fully configured application development, testing and hosting environment for application developers so that they can focus on coding new application services. With Red Hat's Security-Enhanced Linux (SELinux) approach, OpenShift Enterprise also offers "reliable security and multi-tenancy with the ability to subdivide the Node instances".

OpenShift Enterprise is built on an established stack of open source-based Red Hat technologies, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux, JBoss Enterprise Application Platform and OpenShift Origin, the basis for Red Hat's existing online OpenShift PaaS service that has been available in a free beta since May 2011. With the inclusion of JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6, OpenShift Enterprise becomes, accordin to Red Hat "the only Java EE 6-certified on-premise PaaS available to enterprises today".


"OpenShift Enterprise also benefits from the consistent innovation and contributions driven by the open source Origin project community focused on OpenShift," the company said.

"As a polyglot, or multi-language, PaaS, OpenShift Enterprise supports Java, Ruby, Python, PHP and Perl and it includes a cartridge-based architecture to enable customers to include their own middleware services."

OpenShift Enterprise is available today with support from Red Hat, initially in North America, the United Kingdom and Continental Europe, with plans for global availability in the future. The OpenShift PaaS online service remains available in developer preview via https://openshift.redhat.com.

 "We're excited to offer our enterprise customers the only comprehensive, open on-premise PaaS offering ready for enterprise deployment today with OpenShift Enterprise," said Ashesh Badani, general manager, Cloud Business Unit and OpenShift, Red Hat.

"This product offers our customers further freedom and choice in the cloud with the backing of Red Hat's full stack and open source leadership. Developers are now able to choose among leading application development languages and tools for the job, and IT operations leaders can choose to deliver these application stacks to their enterprise on their choice of clouds in compliance with their security, governance and compliance requirements. This offering stands to revolutionize how enterprises use PaaS platforms."

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