Red Hat launches OpenShift, a new Platform-as-a-Service (PAAS) offering that supports development in Java, Ruby, PHP, Python and more.
Red Hat announced a new platform-as-a-service environment,
known as OpenShift, which provides support for a variety of programming
languages and frameworks, including Java, Ruby, PHP, Python and more.
Announced at the Red Hat Summit
2011 in Boston, OpenShift is a PAAS for developers who build on open
source and offers more choice in languages, frameworks and clouds for
developers to build, test, run and manage their applications. The
technology builds on Red Hat's JBoss expertise and delivers features
including CDI (Contexts and Dependency Injection), and plans support
for Java EE 6, extending the capabilities of PAAS to richer and more
During a May 4 press conference announcing the new cloud solutions,
Isaac Roth, a PAAS master at Red Hat, said OpenShift is designed to end
the lock-in of PAAS, allowing users to choose the cloud provider upon
which their application will run. OpenShift will be delivered as
an online service, at http://openshift.redhat.com. Red Hat introduced OpenShift as a developer preview with general availability coming at a later date, the company said.
"This is PAAS 2.0," Roth said. "It's open choice of frameworks. It's
open choice of clouds - it's not our cloud, it's the cloud you want.
And it's open choice of middleware. Open, open, open."
"Cloud computing is starting to change the way open-source developers
are writing and delivering applications," said Judith Hurwitz,
president and CEO at Hurwitz and Associates, in a statement. "Therefore
the market for platform-as-a-service is beginning to expand at a rapid
pace. Red Hat's OpenShift helps developers by providing access to a
variety of development and deployment options."
Roth said Red Hat OpenShift delivers greater flexibility than other
PAAS offerings by supporting more development frameworks for Java,
Python, PHP and Ruby, including Spring, Seam, Weld, CDI, Rails, Rack,
Symfony, Zend Framework, Twisted, Django and Java EE. It also
includes both SQL and NoSQL data stores and a distributed file system,
he said. By building on the Deltacloud cloud interoperability
standard, OpenShift is designed to allow developers to run their
applications on any supported Red Hat Certified Public Cloud Provider,
"Developers turn to open source for innovation and choice," said
Brian Stevens, vice president of engineering and chief technology
officer at Red Hat, in a statement. "With OpenShift, we deliver
the first platform-as-a-Service that meets those needs. By
providing the broadest platform and choice of languages, frameworks and
supported cloud providers, OpenShift gives developers the cloud
destination they've been dreaming of."
Moreover, Red Hat officials noted that one of the strengths of
OpenShift is that it brings the Red Hat and JBoss ecosystems to PAAS,
giving developers access to the company's middleware services. For
example, OpenShift launches with support for MongoDB and other services
certified to Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
In addition to services designed for the needs of new cloud
developers, OpenShift is the first PAAS with Red Hat's enterprise-class
JBoss services, such as transactions, business rules, transactions and
messaging, providing the an easy on-ramp to the cloud for enterprise
developers, said Matt Hicks, a cloud operations guru at Red
Hat. By building on Red Hat's experience and ecosystem in
operating systems, virtualization and JBoss Enterprise Middleware,
OpenShift meets the needs of both new cloud developers and enterprises,
the company said.
OpenShift will come in three editions - a free Express edition and
Flex and Power editions. The Express and Flex editions are available as
developer previews, the Power edition will come soon, Red Hat said.
Meanwhile, Red Hat also announced the OpenShift Partner Program.
"We're launching today with a full partner ecosystem," Roth said.
"Red Hat OpenShift enables developers to focus on building
applications, and dramatically reduces the upfront costs of deploying
and scaling these new applications," said Roger Bodamer, executive vice
president of products and technology at 10gen, maker of MongoDB, in a
statement. "The MongoDB NoSQL database is well- matched to the
scalability and agility that developers demand in the cloud, and by
supporting MongoDB in OpenShift, Red Hat has delivered that in an
enterprise-ready open source platform."
"We're thrilled to be the first mobile development platform to be part
of OpenShift," said Jeff Haynie, CEO of Appcelerator, maker of the
Titanium mobile development platform, in a statement. "Our integrated
solution will enable developers to build and manage their mobile
applications on Red Hat-certified clouds."
"With the OpenShift platform, Red Hat has created a uniquely attractive
PAAS offering that pairs choice with unified simplicity," said James
Phillips, co-founder at Couchbase, in a statement. "Couch and Memcached
are two of the most prevalent open source data management technologies
on the web, and Couchbase is excited to deliver them as OpenShift
cartridges, joining other leading open source technologies,"
"EnterpriseDB is proud to be part of Red Hat's OpenShift platform, and
is pleased to provide the open source developer with an
enterprise-class, Oracle-compatible cloud database built and maintained
through the proven open source development model," said Ed Boyajin, CEO
at EnterpriseDB, in a statement.
"We are excited to be part of the Red Hat OpenShift ecosystem, and
enable PHP developers to get more benefits from the Zend PHP Cloud
Platform through the Red Hat OpenShift platform," said Andi Gutmans,
CEO and co-founder at Zend Technologies, in a statement.
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