Red Hat Delivers OpenShift Online PaaS, Expands Ecosystem

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2013-06-11 Print this article Print

Cartridges represent a way to plug key technologies and services into applications that are built on OpenShift. The cartridge infrastructure within OpenShift gives developers a self-service way to select the technologies that they need to successfully build and run applications, including middleware and databases. The cartridges provide an automated, self-service integration capability.

Available today in the latest release of OpenShift Online and coming soon to OpenShift Enterprise, the new cartridge API is designed to help better facilitate partner integration by allowing them to incorporate and offer more of their technology’s features with OpenShift. Several members of the OpenShift Partner Program have already integrated their solutions with OpenShift using the new cartridge API specification, including 10gen, Codenvy, Correlsense, EnterpriseDB,, MongoLab, New Relic, OC Systems, and Zend.

Since its initial launch in May 2011, the OpenShift Partner Program has evolved to offer developers a comprehensive ecosystem of partners that offer a selection of solutions that are complementary to OpenShift.

“OpenShift is about developer freedom,” Red Hat’s Badani said. “In addition to offering a broad choice of languages, frameworks and tools that give developers flexibility in building their applications, we want to make the OpenShift experience different from other PaaS offerings. Instead of spending time concerned with technology integration, with our new cartridge spec, developers can get back to what they love to do: building amazing apps.”

“Tighter integration and customization are just two of the many benefits of OpenShift’s new cartridge infrastructure,” said Tyler Jewell, CEO of Codenvy, in a statement. “Codenvy’s cloud IDE enables developers to code, build and test any kind of OpenShift project; deploy the finished project directly to OpenShift; integrate on-premise alongside OpenShift Enterprise; and develop customized OpenShift cartridges.”

“Applications in the cloud are all about speed, scale, and agile development,” said Bill Lapcevic, vice president of business development at New Relic, in a statement. “The use of OpenShift cartridges allows New Relic functionality to be added to OpenShift with a single click, without ever needing to worry about costly integration.”

Moreover, Zend, the PHP Company announced an expansion of Zend's existing collaboration with Red Hat and its OpenShift PaaS product family. A Red Hat ecosystem partner, Zend Server has been available on OpenShift Online, Red Hat's public cloud PaaS offering since Sept. 2012, and will also soon become available on OpenShift Enterprise, Zend officials said.

This extended collaboration means that clients who are developing PHP applications will be able to take advantage of the enterprise capabilities of Zend Server, along with the open hybrid cloud capabilities of OpenShift. An application can run on the Zend Server Application Platform on OpenShift Enterprise behind the firewall, and in the exact same environment on the OpenShift Online public cloud offering., Zend said.

"Red Hat has been thrilled to have Zend as part of the ecosystem for our public PaaS offering, OpenShift Online,” said Vijay Sarathy, director of the OpenShift Partner Ecosystem at Red Hat, in a statement. “We're also enthusiastic about our expanded collaboration with OpenShift Enterprise to offer private cloud capabilities for PHP. With Zend Server, our customers experience an enterprise-grade PHP solution. PHP has significant momentum among scripting languages, and our enhanced collaboration with Zend brings additional choice to OpenShift developers."


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