OpenShift Enterprise: The Industry’s First Comprehensive Open On-Premise PaaS Offering

OpenShift was launched in May 2011 as a public PaaS for developers who wanted the freedom to develop their applications with the benefit of choice—in language, framework, data store and environment. Red Hat has been running this service, OpenShift Online, at scale for more than a year and half. Managing this massive application infrastructure has made our operations team extremely efficient at rolling out releases at a regular clip with new features while minimizing disruptions.

However, enterprises have requirements that today’s public PaaS solutions may not be addressing, in areas like security, compliance, data privacy, governance, and integration, to name a few.OpenShift was launched in May 2011 as a public PaaS for developers who wanted the freedom to develop their applications with the benefit of choice—in language, framework, data store and environment. Red Hat has been running this service, OpenShift Online, at scale for more than a year and half. Managing this massive application infrastructure has made our operations team extremely efficient at rolling out releases at a regular clip with new features while minimizing disruptions.

However, enterprises have requirements that today’s public PaaS solutions may not be addressing, in areas like security, compliance, data privacy, governance, and integration, to name a few. While interest in PaaS is growing, adoption in enterprises globally is still limited. In fact, one analyst from IDC has stated that “speeding PaaS rollouts and accelerating developer adoption of PaaS platforms and marketplaces, is the most strategic task for the IT industry” and has called for technology providers to “pick up the pace of PaaS rollouts” to accelerate enterprise adoption.

The OpenShift PaaS strategy was conceived with three aspects in mind: an open source community, OpenShift Origin, a public PaaS geared for developers, OpenShift Online and a private PaaS to meet enterprise requirements, OpenShift Enterprise. While some in the industry believe public clouds will be prevalent, others argue for private clouds. Regardless of how the industry evolves, with Red Hat’s mission and commitment to open technology platforms built with community power, our motivation continues to be the freedom to choose and innovate. What we hear from our community of users, partners and customers is interest in open hybrid clouds. Enterprises are looking to combine the promise of public and private clouds with today’s requirements and existing infrastructure investments. We believe a hybrid cloud is pragmatic and provides immediate benefits.

With today’s launch of OpenShift Enterprise, Red Hat is the first PaaS provider to offer enterprises a choice of private, public, and hybrid PaaS offerings backed by an open source community that drives innovation and avoids lock-in. The benefits of OpenShift Enterprise are many, but let me list a few highlights below:

Dev AND ops

PaaS offers benefits of self-service agility, flexibility and speed for developers. But PaaS can also bring similar benefits for IT operations in areas like more efficient resource utilization, standardized services and automation. In most enterprises, IT developers and operations teams need to work together to get the job done – “devops” translates into “dev AND ops”! OpenShift Enterprise empowers both development and operations teams. So, developers get to enjoy the multi-language support and flexibility of the OpenShift platform while operations has a consistent and manageable deployment environment.

Robust core

OpenShift Enterprise is all the more powerful because of the strength of the shoulders it stands on. This includes enterprise-trusted components like Red Hat Enterprise Linux and JBoss Enterprise Middleware, combined with technology and expertise developed by Red Hat in areas like security (SELinux), multi-tenancy, performance/reliability and enterprise standards (Java EE6). OpenShift has the power to transform a Linux administrator into a cloud administrator. OpenShift enables a Java and JBoss developer to build in the cloud right away.

Efficiency

IT architectures have evolved from traditional, physical environments to newer virtual environments. Enterprises have created large virtualization farms and evolved their use of virtualization technology to better serve the needs of developers, but have, in many cases, reached the limits of what they can wring out in terms of efficiency. PaaS architectures present a new evolution in how IT can drive step function improvements in efficiency and agility.

Enterprise-class

For enterprises, open source is not an end in itself. Red Hat is the global leader in commercially supporting open source software and is trusted for demanding workloads and mission-critical applications the world over. So, whether it’s a stock exchange in Asia, an entertainment powerhouse in North America, a large global bank in Germany or a government organization in Latin America, Red Hat is at the forefront of powering IT infrastructure for commercial and government organizations.

We are also delighted to announce our expanded OpenShift Partner Program today. Key tenets of a robust, open PaaS offering are platform extensibility and an open community to drive innovation. By enabling our partners to meet user needs with community and certified cartridges, our customers can improve flexibility and take advantage of a diverse ecosystem of applications and frameworks.

The release of OpenShift Enterprise is a testament to the vision and hard work of many teams within OpenShift and the company, which calls for a tip of the proverbial red hat! Our work, however, has just begun as we deepen our engagement with our communities of users, customers, and partners. You can read more in our press release and on the OpenShift Enterprise product pages. We encourage you to try it for yourself and we welcome your feedback.

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