Red Hat Adds Microsoft .NET to Its OpenShift PaaS
Red Hat expands its open-source platform-as-a-service efforts with support for Microsoft technologies, but it's not production-ready (yet).Red Hat announced today that Microsoft .NET applications can now run on its open-source OpenShift platform-as-a-service (PaaS) technology. Since its inception in 2011, Red Hat's OpenShift has enabled open-source programming languages including Python, PHP and Ruby to run, but until today .NET was not a real option for users. The OpenShift support for .NET, however, is currently very limited and isn't even directly integrated from Red Hat either. NET support in OpenShift is currently available only via a community download from software vendor Uhuru, Chris Morgan, technical director of the OpenShift Partner Ecosystem at Red Hat, told eWEEK. "We are working on merging that into OpenShift Origin so it can be accessed directly there as well," Morgan said. "We have not yet announced commercial plans for a supported .NET add-on capability in OpenShift Online [public PaaS] and OpenShift Enterprise [private PaaS] products." The OpenShift Origin project is Red Hat's community open-source PaaS and does not benefit from any direct commercial support. The OpenShift Online public PaaS is a hosted platform that has both free and paid tiers of usage. The Red Hat OpenShift Enterprise product provides on-premises private PaaS technology to organizations.
Since .NET is a Microsoft technology, there can sometimes also be associated intellectual property and patent-related concerns, especially when it comes to combining it with open-source technology. Red Hat is currently not providing any form of legal indemnification for the use of the Uhuru technology with OpenShift.