Posted by:Ranjani Rao December 6th, 2012

After a beta run of 18 months, Red Hat has released the official version of its application computingPlatform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering – OpenShift. It allows developers to code, test and deploy applications on the cloud using their favorite language and frameworks without worrying about middleware, stacks or infrastructure. Custom application development involves coding from any device including a tablet as compilation and deployment is all in the cloud.

Why enterprises and enterprise application developers will like OpenShift?

Since the release of RedHat OpenShift in 2011, many languages and frameworks have been added to the PaaS, making it easy for developers get started on the platform. Here’s why using OpenShift is a viable and good choice for developers and organizations:

  • Proven success: OpenShift is based on proven enterprise-class RedHat technologies.
  • Vendor and software agnostic: The platform offers multiple development and deployment options without vendor lock-in or application portability issues.
  • More than one code approach: OpenShift supports developers by offering them options such as coding on an IDE, web console or command line.
  • MongoDBMultiple language and database support: OpenShift is a polygot or multi-language PaaS that supports:
    • Java EE6
    • Ruby
    • Python
    • PHP
    • Perl
    • Node.js
    • MySQL
    • PostgreSQL
  • Multiple middleware support: OpenShift includes support for:
    • JBoss Application Server (AS)
    • JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (EAP)
    • Tomcat
    • Inclusion of enterprise’s own middleware services
  • Multiple framework and tools support: OpenShift includes support for:
    • Spring
    • Git
    • Zend Server for PHP
    • CodeIgniter
    • Ruby on Rails
    • Django
    • Flask
  • Deployable in private and public clouds: RedHat offers OpenShift Online for public clouds and OpenShift Enterprise for private clouds for enterprises to implement their security, data privacy, compliance, and/or governance constraints. Unlike other PaaS offerings such as Cloud Foundry, OpenShift is optimized to run both on customers’ private clouds behind their own firewall or in a third-party data center.
  • Automatic scaling of resources: OpenShift offers an elastic approach for enterprise applications, distributing load over servers on demand rather than pre-provisioning which can be wasteful and costly.
  • Minimal configuration and management pains: The onus of management and configuration does not fall on developers or the organization.
RedHat’s OpenShift comes at a good time market wise as the choice of PaaS vendors in the market is still limited. Recently, Gartner reported that the PaaS market could grow from a $900 million industry last year to $1.2 billion this year and move on to become a $2.9 billion industry by 2016.

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