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Red Hat reload OpenShift with cartridges

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.

Chris Mayer

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