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Red Hat reload OpenShift with cartridges

Chris Mayer
OpenShift-2

The Linux expert’s cloud platform has received an enterprise update to put it on the same footing as the open source offering.

A month on from
going commercial with their public cloud
, Red Hat have
updated
the enterprise edition of OpenShift with a slew of
improvements.

The biggest change in OpenShift Enterprise is
the inclusion of “cartridges”, mimicking the infrastructure within
the regular project. The new design and specification allows users
to plug
additional frameworks into their OpenShift
application containers. The community has already created several
cartridges for the cloud platform, including
ones
for
Vert.x, node.js and Ceylon.

Having a plethora of add-ons readily at the
developer’s disposal appears to be at the centre of Red Hat’s plans
for the project.
Their biggest rival in this respect
is Pivotal’s Cloud Foundry, who are also keen on bolting on as many
community-driven projects

Back in June, the Linux specialist revealed a
list of initial vendors joining the “OpenShift ecosystem”, with the
likes of 10gen, Codenvy and New Relic providing tighter integration
between the cloud platform and their products.

Other major features in OpenShift Enterprise 1.2
include the addition of WebSocket support, Tomcat 7 availability
and  the option to create custom Secure Sockets Layer
subdomains.

“We want to create the best environment for
developers to deploy their applications, and the self-service
updates to this version of OpenShift Enterprise through the new
cartridge design will allow this greater freedom in how users
choose to run their applications,” said OpenShift’s general manager
Ashesh Badani in a press release.

OpenShift Enterprise 1.2 is available immediately in North
America and Europe, with plans for global availability in the
coming months.

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