November 11, 2014

Red Hat's OpenShift Updates Ease Hybrid Cloud Deployments for Developers


Red Hat on Monday made a two-pronged announcement that should make hybrid cloud deployment and management easier for enterprise cloud developers.

First, it updated its OpenShift Enterprise private Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) with key new operations-focused features, including integration with Red Hat CloudForms. Second, Red Hat launched a new private integration PaaS (iPaaS) offering designed to deliver cloud-based services for application integration and messaging.

Featuring out-of-the-box integration with popular identity-management and DNS management platforms, OpenShift Enterprise 2.2 offers improved integration with existing data-center infrastructure, Red Hat said. Easy deployment on a variety of virtualization and cloud technologies is enabled through integration with Red Hat CloudForms, the company’s hybrid cloud management offering. Enhanced PaaS management for operations, meanwhile, is enabled by the addition of application placement and middleware cartridge configuration controls.

Automatically deployable to any hybrid cloud infrastructure managed by CloudForms, OpenShift Enterprise gives developers and enterprise architects more control over their application infrastructure through self-service capabilities, Red Hat said.

Faster Integration Capabilities

Then there's Red Hat's JBoss xPaaS services, which aim to blend the agility and flexibility of PaaS with powerful middleware capabilities in an enterprise-ready package. Essentially, xPaaS is a rich set of application development and integration capabilities designed to enable users to build and deploy complex enterprise-scale applications. Now bolstering xPaaS, Red Hat's new JBoss Fuse for xPaaS cloud-based integration service and JBoss A-MQ for xPaaS messaging service offer unified, enterprise-grade integration to, from, and within the cloud.

By removing the traditional infrastructure setup process that can increase application time to market, the new services allow for faster integration, Red Hat said.

“We believe JBoss xPaaS will be a game changer for how enterprise development will be done in the future," said Craig Muzilla, senior vice president for Red Hat's application platforms business. "Red Hat is unique in its ability to combine JBoss and OpenShift to offer enterprises a unified experience for building, integrating, and running applications in an open hybrid cloud.”

More Agile IT Operations

"It makes sense for Red Hat to join its traditional middleware and PaaS developer capabilities and features of JBoss, OpenShift and xPaaS, including application integration and messaging, and also serve IT operations via integration with its CloudForms cloud management," Jay Lyman, a senior analyst for enterprise software with 451 Research, told

By doing so, the company can address growing enterprise use of clouds for application development and deployment and more agile IT operations, or DevOps, Lyman explained.

Meanwhile, he added, "Red Hat is also doing a good job of addressing enterprise need to support legacy and existing technology and process alongside newer technology and methodology through its support for hybrid cloud management."

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