Looking Back on One Year of OpenShift Enterprise PaaS General Availability

Today we announced the release of OpenShift Enterprise 2.0, the latest version of Red Hat’s Private PaaS solution. This is the 4th commercial release of OpenShift Enterprise in the past 13 months and the culmination of tons of great work by our development team and the OpenShift Origin community. It also reflects the tremendous feedback we’ve received from customers about what they want to see in a next generation cloud application platform, how they want to build and manage applications, and how they empower their development teams to accelerate application delivery.

You can learn more about the new features in OpenShift Enterprise 2.0. Our story goes beyond just OpenShift Enterprise and this approach is the key to the success we see today. To better explain, let’s take a look back over the past year.

The Beginning of OpenShift

OpenShift Online was launched in 2011 as a Public PaaS service running at OpenShift.com. As of today we’ve launched over a million applications in the OpenShift Online service, across tens of thousands of developers and are adding thousands of new applications every week. Every new developer and new application puts new demands on our public PaaS platform. The feedback we’ve received from these OpenShift Online users over the past few years has helped shape our roadmap and is reflected in many of the features you see in OpenShift Enterprise 2.0.

For example, one thing developers value most about OpenShift is our powerful git-based application deployment workflow. We’ve continued to build on that this fall by introducing new features like the ability to track deployment history and roll back to a prior deployment. We also heard from both OpenShift Online and Enterprise users who wanted better support for binary deployments, where git was not as well suited. As a result, we’ve added a new interface for specifically managing binary deployments as well.

Our Online developers consistently demand access to the latest and greatest language and database cartridges to build their applications. Since Red Hat fully supports all of the cartridge runtimes we provide, including providing patches and security errata, we always balance providing the latest versions with providing a stable and supported set of capabilities. Through our collaboration with the RHEL team and by leveraging their new Software Collections product, we were able to strike that balance. This drove updates to our Python, Ruby, Node.js, and Postgresql cartridges in Online. Now we will be adding Node.js to OpenShift Enterprise for the first time with the 2.0 release, along with the rest of these cartridge updates.

Finally, developers also demanded better support for working in teams and sharing access to their applications with other users. This drove new collaboration capabilities that we introduced in OpenShift Online this October. And again this feature, along with other developer-driven features like enhanced support for Environment Variables, can be found in OpenShift Enterprise 2.0.

In the past year alone we’ve deployed approximately 15 new major code releases to our OpenShift Online service, more than one a month, some big and some small, always with the goal of serving our users and moving the platform forward. These features not only serve our Public PaaS users, but they become the core of our OpenShift Enterprise Private PaaS product releases. This should give you confidence that OpenShift Enterprise has been tested by more users and applications than most private cloud deployments will ever experience.

Launching OpenShift Enterprise

When we launched OpenShift Enterprise just over a year ago, we brought PaaS to enterprise customers who were not yet ready or able to fully embrace Public Cloud services.

Today, OpenShift by Red Hat is the ONLY vendor providing a commercially supported Public PaaS offering AND a commercially supported Private PaaS product, both built on the same open source PaaS platform.

Our OpenShift Enterprise customers have similar requirements to our OpenShift Online users around accelerating application development and deployment and value the same characteristics of self-service, elasticity, abstraction and automation. Through OpenShift Enterprise, our PaaS platform benefits from facing an even more diverse set of enterprise application workloads and a broader range of requirements.

In addition to developers who will use our OpenShift Enterprise platform, we now also serve the administrators and operations teams who will deploy and manage that platform in enterprise datacenters. Additional 2.0 enhancements include a new OpenShift Administration Console and enhancements to our installer. You’ll also find new options in 2.0 for integrating OpenShift applications into your existing network routing infrastructure.

In our first year we also saw an increasing number of customers deploying OpenShift Enterprise on OpenStack. This drove the development of new OpenStack Heat based deployment templates for OpenShift and also drove us to explore new ways to integrate these two great platforms.

Although becoming a PaaS provider was new for Red Hat, our commitment to open source is not. Shortly after launching OpenShift Online we open-sourced the core platform that powers our PaaS service and launched the OpenShift Origin community. Today, in addition to the thousands of developers who use the OpenShift service, we are equally proud of the growing community contributing to Origin and driving the OpenShift platform forward.

The Difference is Open Source

Like so many other cloud providers, we recognize that open source is enabling and indeed driving innovation in the cloud. It’s no different with OpenShift. Through the OpenShift Origin project the community is able to develop and refine new ideas and increasingly collaborate with other open source communities sharing the same mission. You can see this through collaboration with other open source communities like Docker to further advance Linux containers technology, OpenStack to drive PaaS and IaaS integration, JBoss to integrate new middleware services, Fedora to drive advancements in the base OS platform that support PaaS. This community engagement will only grow in the coming years and continue to drive innovation in OpenShift.

Again, we are excited for you to try our latest releases of OpenShift Enterprise and OpenShift Online and we look forward to delivering more innovation in the coming year.

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