Red Hat Expands OpenShift Cloud Strategy

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Red Hat, a provider of enterprise open source solutions, announced new enhancements and a roadmap for its OpenShift platform, which facilitates the creation, integration and management of applications and business processes in the cloud. The new line of Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offerings include Red Hat JBoss xPaaS services for OpenShift provide enterprise application, integration and business process automation capabilities and services in an extensible open PaaS platform, and is designed to enable development and deployment of enterprise applications and business processes in the cloud.

The initial phase of Red Hat’s PaaS strategy was marked by the introduction of OpenShift Enterprise, which combined the core enterprise technologies that power OpenShift, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, into an integrated open hybrid cloud application platform, followed by the commercial availability of OpenShift Online, Red Hat’s public PaaS offering.

“Bringing more technologies from our middleware stack into the cloud and making them available as easy-to-consume services is a natural progression for us,” said Paul Cormier, president of products and technologies for Red Hat. “We’ve been moving in this direction for years, building out our Red Hat JBoss Middleware portfolio and fine tuning our OpenShift PaaS technology.”

The next phase of Red Hat's PaaS strategy focuses on the delivery of key additional Red Hat JBoss Middleware technologies in the cloud as services powered by OpenShift, including integration capabilities, business process management, and mobile push notifications.

The mobile push notification service is available in developer preview and will be followed by developer preview versions of integration PaaS (iPaaS) and BPM PaaS technologies in the coming months. This iPaaS technology will expand on pre-cloud messaging-based integration to include cloud-based configuration, cloud-based brokers, and cloud-based services, and the BPM PaaS capabilities are slated to include process modeling, business activity monitoring, process simulation, and the ability to dynamically configure automation and data without changing code.

xPaaS integrates with Red Hat JBoss Middleware products, including Red Hat JBoss Fuse and Red Hat JBoss BRMS, which have been built with the cloud as a target development and deployment platform. As new xPaaS services are delivered, users will be able to move new applications, integrations and process components into the PaaS environment, the vendor says. Over time, Red Hat plans to add services and capabilities from the rest of its Red Hat JBoss Middleware portfolio along with other Red Hat technologies incorporated as xPaaS services.

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