Leading the PaaS Market with Customers, Community and Innovation

Recently, there has been amazing energy in the blogosphere about Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). It has been great to see people join conversations about many topics Red Hat has focused on for so long. PaaS, continuous integration and delivery, DevOps, and cutting-edge development practices are all things we focus on with OpenShift. They are all core to our identity and beliefs, keeping our commitment and investment in OpenShift stronger than ever. Red Hat is part of the community that leads innovation in these areas, and we consider OpenShift, and the technologies it contains, to be the vehicle to do that.

From the first day we introduced our public cloud offering, OpenShift Online, the influx of developers told us we were working on something special. We knew more people could experience OpenShift if we were able to take what we had learned from OpenShift Online and package it for datacenter deployments. This led us to OpenShift Enterprise, our on-premises or private cloud offering. Red Hat has a deep understanding of true open source community stewardship, infrastructure automation, and middleware architecture. By leveraging this unique perspective, OpenShift has changed the point of view of platform building to focus on content and developer workflows without jeopardizing Operations’ high availability and application performance requirements.

Incredible Customers Doing Amazing Things

In a short amount of time, we capitalized on these core strengths and gained significant traction in the PaaS industry. Many people have already heard about our successes at PayPal, Cisco, FICO, and Boeing. Alongside these customers are organizations across the globe and sectors that have deployed OpenShift Enterprise. Today, you’ll find OpenShift Enterprise deployments in government; financial services; energy; aerospace and aviation; education; retail; technology; entertainment; telecommunications; and health. Our customers are doing amazing things, and we’re proud to work with them.

These diverse customers share a desire to change the way they deliver value to their business through software. They love Red Hat’s OpenShift offerings for continuous integration and delivery, DevOps, and webscale architecture. They enjoyed OpenShift’s out-of-the-box knowledge of middleware services and developer tool chains. They benefited from the extremely high workload density, resource management, security, and configuration control that are inherent (and free!) when you deploy OpenShift.

While OpenShift Enterprise was thriving and bringing our on-premises customers a competitive advantage, we also noticed incredible things happening with OpenShift Online, our public PaaS offering:

  • More than 1.6M applications created
  • Year-over-year user growth from February 2013 – February 2014: 151%
  • Year-over-year application growth from February 2013 – February 2014: 201%

To meet this demand, we introduced two different pricing offerings for OpenShift Online customers in the last year. Because of OpenShift’s ability to solve use cases in an efficient and dependable manner many of our customers have seen significant cost savings. Our Operations team is delivering a truly enjoyable developer experience, and we’re excited about the innovations that are yet to come.

Developers are doing incredible things with OpenShift Online. Take a walk through the OpenShift Online Application Gallery to see the amazing applications people from around the world have developed for both business and pleasure. See what can happen when developers are given the freedom to concentrate on their code.

A Thriving Community and Ecosystem

As Red Hat does, we also made the code that powers our OpenShift platform available to the open source community through the open source OpenShift Origin project. That project is thriving. OpenShift Origin was one of the most active projects on GitHub in 2013. We made the top 5 for number of pull requests to the code base, have seen an amount and variety of platform content created that exceeded our expectations, and people who have taken the product in exciting new directions. To be in the top five pull request projects on GitHub is an amazing testament to our community. The amount of creativity and talent behind the community cartridges/quickstarts from our ecosystem is remarkable. These innovations and the people behind them have enabled OpenShift to move in an incredibly strategic direction, and we expect more to come. This community-powered innovation is at Red Hat’s core.

Many of our technology collaborations have been game-changing for OpenShift. We recently announced work with Uhuru Software to bring .NET to OpenShift Origin. Last September, we announced collaboration with Docker to bring next-gen Linux Container enhancements to OpenShift. In January, Cisco announced collaboration with Red Hat to integrate Cisco Prime™ network management and the Cisco IAC Service Catalog with OpenShift to provide dynamic scaling, tenant-level security, and integrated management and provisioning. Stay tuned for more in the coming weeks.

Beyond collaborating with technology industry leaders to drive the future of PaaS, we have a thriving partner and channel ecosystem that is driving OpenShift’s strong adoption. From our earliest partner in Accenture, to open source systems integrators like ShadowSoft, to purchasing defined solution deployments from Vizuri, to enlisting FedRAMP experts at Autonomic Resources, to our vibrant application service partners; OpenShift has been taken to places we could not reach alone.

OpenShift = Best PaaS (But you don’t have to take my word for it!)

Our customer and ecosystem success speaks for itself, but we’re also thrilled that along with it has come industry recognition. Over the past year, Red Hat has received several prestigious industry awards for OpenShift, including:

Gartner also recognized Red Hat as a Leader in the Gartner 2013 On-Premises Application Platform Magic Quadrant and a Visionary in the Gartner 2013 Public PaaS Magic Quadrant.

While we aren’t driven by a full trophy case, it is incredibly rewarding that in such an active space, OpenShift stands out from the competition.

Full Steam Ahead!

It’s an exciting time to be at Red Hat and part of the OpenShift team that is driving the future of PaaS. I believe 2014 is going to be a landmark year for those working with OpenShift. We plan on enhancing our policy and placement implementation, improving workload encapsulation and mobility, adding more infrastructure service integration, improving identity and teaming, expanding our supported application frameworks and middleware services, continuing to enhance our OpenStack integration, and creating new ways for people to accelerate application delivery. At the same time, Red Hat has positioned its vast ISV ecosystem to more rapidly take advantage of these PaaS technologies in a supportable manner.

If you have not had a chance to experience OpenShift in the public cloud or within your own datacenter, come find out what you have been missing.

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