PaaS In, SaaS out

Red Hat outlines OpenShift vision, PaaS to surpass SaaS by 2014

Chris Mayer

Red Hat revealed the roadmap for their PaaS OpenShift, detailing some innovative plans to garner more enterprise plaudits. Find more within…

This afternoon, in a specially organised webcast, Red Hat laid
out the blueprint going forward with cloud application PaaS,
OpenShift -
with the standout announcement being the embrace of different
management methodologies.

Red Hat recognises that to attract the untapped enterprises that
they need to adopt a full-scale approach to suit a variety of
working methods. The plan going forward therefore is to extend
OpenShift PaaS to allow enterprises to use both DevOps (a DIY
developer-centric systeml) and ITOps, which the less-savvy
enterprises use to maintain control for IT operations.

Crucially they will still offer the traditional choices of
publically hosted and on-premise in this multi-pronged approach,
and claim that there will be no compromises in terms of working
environments – so that means that every option will offer the same
environment tools etc. In a nutshell, this advancement on the core
technology stack will give OpenShift operational flexibility and
efficiency like no other.

Analysts are predicting big things for the PaaS market, after
making initial ground in the last year or so. Jay Lyman, senior
analyst for 451 Research predicts that the enterprise market will
be worth more than $3bn by 2015, due to the blending of application
development and deployment methods ie DevOps. Yet it’s still early
days for the space, with a variety of vendors trying to carve their
own niche and lay down a strong path.

Lyman also predicted that PaaS would surpass SaaS by 2014, a
bold prediction but not out of the realms of possibility.

Lyman spoke further of OpenShift’s roadmaps saying:

That’s why it is critical that the underlying components and
supported pieces of PaaS are open, flexible and available the way
customers and developers want them, which is typically in the
cloud, on-premises or both. Red Hat’s OpenShift PaaS benefits from
its depth of enterprise Java support for the application lifecycle
and Java EE6. This is key for enterprises looking to scale,
automate and treat software as services, not only for new
applications and development, but also for their large, legacy
investment, infrastructure and process around existing

Since Red Hat introduced OpenShift back in May 2011, the
landscape has shapeshifted somewhat, incorporating the
next-generation of tools, frameworks and languages as the PaaS
market has evolved. OpenShift has advantages over others already –
it became the first PaaS to support Java EE 6, giving it longevity,
and just last month gave the code that powers it back to the
community in OpenShift

It’s a fierce market at the moment, with all foraging for vital
links to important technologies that are making waves (continuous
integration for example). They all realise that to combat the
real-world operational problems that are occurring, that the PaaS
needs to be armour-plated to deal with any given situation.

“With the growth of the cloud market, developers have embraced
PaaS due to the agility, speed and flexibility these platforms
offer. Of the many PaaS offerings available, we haven’t seen any
yet address the full needs of the enterprise,” said Scott Crenshaw,
vice president and general manager, Cloud Business Unit at Red Hat.
“However someone wants to build and manage their applications, they
should be able to. With the PaaS roadmap and strategy we are
outlining today, we’re paving the way for enterprises to use a Red
Hat-powered open cloud application platform to build and run their
applications, however best fits their business needs.”

The enterprise roadmap details how OpenShift delivers a secure,
scalable, multi-tenant and most importantly proven platform by
mentioning some of Red Hat’s core enterprise technologies. These
include Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Storage, JBoss Enterprise
Middleware and OpenShift’s integrated programming languages,
frameworks and developer tools 

With close ties to the entire Red Hat/JBoss experience through
middleware, OpenShift may just have thrown the gauntlet down when
it comes to a fully-hybrid PaaS.

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