Red Hat outlines its plans for OpenShift PaaS

Red Hat Outlines OpenShift PaaS Roadmap, Aims to Boost Flexibility and Efficiency

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Open source software provider Red Hat outlined the roadmap for its OpenShift platform-as-a-service on Wednesday. As part of its plans, Red Hat will extend OpenShift PaaS to allow enterprise to use both DevOps operational models and traditional application management. The goal is to maximize operation flexibility and application development efficiency, Red Hat says.

This news comes a month after Red Hat announced that its revenue in 2011 exceeded $1.13 billion, up 25 percent year over year. On Tuesday, cloud provider Tier 3 launched its platform-as-a-service offering to allow the acceleration of application development.

Launched in May 2011, OpenShift is a cloud application platform that offers developers a choice of programming languages, frameworks and application lifecycle tools. In April 2012, Red Hat made the code that powers its OpenShift platform available to the open source OpenShift Origin project.

OpenShift Origin can be run on top of an OpenStack system. Since many web hosts have shown support for OpenStack, they may be interested in running it atop of OpenStack Origin to build public, private and hybrid PaaS systems. On Monday, Rackspace outlined its plans for focusing on OpenStack development to increase revenues.

According to Red Hat, a PaaS orchestrates and automates as much as possible for the 95 percent of the use cases involving web applications written in well-known languages and frameworks. It allows users to gain speed of deployment, and reduces developer-hours spent working on tasks not directly related to its application and customers.

Existing PaaS solutions fail to meet many enterprise requirements around compliance, enterprise architecture standards, IT governance, security and more, but Red Hat says OpenShift PaaS offers built-in secure and scalable multi-tenancy, enterprise-grade application containers and middleware.

Red Hat plans to offer a choice of consumption models across multiple cloud providers to allow enterprise to use OpenShift as a service, and deploy and manage their own private PaaS leveraging the OpenShift PaaS platform.

“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,” Scott Crenshaw, vice president and general manager, cloud business unit at Red Hat said in a statement. “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.”

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