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November 27, 2012

Red Hat launches Platform as a Service

Can be deployed on-premise, in the cloud or both

By Jason Stamper

Open source maven Red Hat announced the availability of OpenShift Enterprise, a Platform as a Service (PaaS) product it said is designed to be installed on-premise within customer data centres or private, public or hybrid clouds.

The firm said it enables customers to streamline and standardise developer workflows, offering increased IT service delivery velocity that can better support business demands. Red Hat first announced plans for an on-premise PaaS offering in May 2012.

The product is initially offered in North America, the United Kingdom and Continental Europe, with plans for global availability in the future.

"This product offers our customers further freedom and choice in the cloud with the backing of Red Hat’s full stack and open source leadership," said Ashesh Badani, general manager, Cloud Business Unit and OpenShift. "Developers are now able to choose among leading application development languages and tools for the job, and IT operations leaders can choose to deliver these application stacks to their enterprise on their choice of clouds in compliance with their security, governance and compliance requirements."

Stephen D. Hendrick, group vice president of application development and deployment research at IDC, noted that the worldwide public PaaS market grew over 40% in 2011, "As organisations continued to leverage the benefits of platform services to develop, deploy and manage applications of all types. Advanced PaaS products support multiple development patterns, high availability, high performance, automated provisioning, dynamic scalability and shared services delivered as public, private or hybrid clouds."


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