Polyglot future

Red Hat’s OpenShift outlines plans, partners with Zend for PHP flexibility

Chris Mayer

With PaaS vendors jostling, Red Hat offer their vision for OpenShift

The platform-as-a-service market has been heating up over
the past couple of months
as vendors finally
begin to understand the importance of this
burgeoning area

Companies that once seemed wary of
putting all their chips on the table with cloud platforms, such

Salesforce with Heroku
, are now preaching a
polyglot future for PaaS. Gartner too predict a bright future for
estimating that the sector will be
worth $1.2bn by the year’s end.

As the big vendors come to town, what of the old guard? Red
Hat’s OpenShift arrived in August 2011, and despite undergoing
several makeovers in that time, it has established a steady
community backing. Reasons for that include

May’s open sourcing of the cloud platform in OpenShift
and the team’s intentions to bolster
relations to other projects, particularly 10gen’s NoSQL datastore
In PaaS, it’s
often about how many strings you can add to your

Now, the OpenShift team have announced a tentative roadmap
for 2013 and beyond, in a state of play

. According to Red Hat’s Juan
Noceda, a self-service
and Red Hat Enterprise Linux’s
“High-Density App Allocation Technology” will be donated to
OpenShift Origin project within the next few months.

Additional features are slated for before the
end of 2012
including support for
trendy native Websockets and
native support for Java Web and JEE containers. Currently
only the linked JBoss AS is native, so it’s welcoming to see
others. Crucially for customers, the public (OpenShift Online
Service) and private (OpenShift Enterprise) GA launches are
expected in 2012 as well, with Red Hat looking to

jump sooner rather than later.

Also announced this week is a
partnership with PHP company Zend,
which could be an
important step towards OpenShift becoming an everyman
. An increasing number of PaaS vendors recognise
the benefits of offering a broad language pallette, and by adding
debugging, monitoring and application performance
, OpenShift could become a viable choice
its community.

Noceda asserts OpenShift’s polyglot intentions, indicating
that in 2013, additional languages and frameworks will
as prioritised by
the voting community
. As it should be within any
large developer collective, the community get the casting vote and
drive the agenda. By the looks of it, we could see Memcached and
Redis appear, or perhaps native support to the Play!

Whatever arrives in 2013, OpenShift are going the right way
about creating an impressive arsenal of support to their cloud
platform, that should get equal backing in the community and within
the enterprise.

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