Throwing their hat in the ring

Red Hat go commercial with cloud platform OpenShift

Chris Mayer

Following two years of beta testing, Red Hat decide to roll out premium support for their public cloud platform.

Red Hat has taken the plunge today, finally
rolling out commercial options for their two-year old cloud

The open source solutions company claim that,
since the developer preview arrived in 2011, more than one million
applications have been created on OpenShift Online. Red Hat
explained in a press release that customers had demanded “a
supported enterprise-class public PaaS offering’ and that now was
the right time to fully push the full project

With OpenShift, users can build, launch and host
applications either publically or privately through OpenShift
Enterprise. Red Hat has spent two years testing the water with
OpenShift in attempting to generate a strong community behind the
project, as any fledgling cloud platform should.

To appeal to as many developers as possible, the
PaaS has been polyglot from the start, supporting Java, Ruby, PHP,
Python, Node.js and Perl. OpenShift also supports multiple database
types, including MySQL, MongoDB and PostgreSQL. Plenty of effort
has gone into acquiring partners along the way too, with the likes
of 10gen, Codenvy, Blazemeter and New Relic all backing the

Last May, Red Hat released the entire codebase
behind the platform, in

OpenShift Origin
.  Ashesh
Badani, Red Hat’s general manager for the service

told IDG’s Joab Jackson
OpenShift picks up approximately 1,500 new users
a week.

Pricing for OpenShift’s Silver tier begins at
$20 per month, and is available in North America from today. The
lowest price gets users three “gears”, Red Hat’s term for
application containers. Europe will have to wait an extra week to
uses the premium services on offer, including technical support,
auto scaling, custom SSLs and extra storage.

By going public with the platform, the Linux
company will go toe-to-toe with
Engine Yard, Heroku,
Microsoft and Google. Interestingly, the other long in-beta
platform Cloud Foundry looks set to reveal
a paid
imminently too.

With solid community and commercial backing and a polylgot
approach under their belt, Red Hat are in the right position to
push their way into a crowded market.

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