The Road to Enterprise PaaS

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) provides an abstraction that makes developers more productive
by helping them focus on creating applications rather than dealing with infrastructures.
This is important as information and its associated processing has become central to more
businesses, even those in industries that haven’t been historically thought of as dependent
on information technology. And that makes writing custom applications in support of an
organization’s business objectives more important than ever.
PaaS offerings have generally evolved from point solutions that focused on a single programming
model to ones that are more general. For example, multi-language (“polyglot”)
PaaS offerings that support both traditional enterprise tools like Java and newer-style
scripting languages are increasingly the norm. However, it’s become clear that many organizations
want to also choose their PaaS operating models. That’s why Red Hat® has expanded
beyond its OpenShift Online by Red Hat solution to also offer OpenShift Enterprise by Red
Hat, a commercial subscription version that IT shops can install in their own datacenters or
on other dedicated hardware. As with all other Red Hat subscription offerings, OpenShift
Enterprise takes the open source code that Red Hat has made available to the community
through the OpenShift Origin project and makes it into a reliable and supported product for
enterprise use.
Like OpenShift Online, OpenShift Enterprise leverages a variety of technologies in Red Hat
Enterprise Linux to enable applications to run in multi-tenant environments in a secure and
predictable manner. OpenShift Enterprise is also based on an extensible architecture that
allows for the integration of a broad ecosystem of middleware and tools. In short, OpenShift
Enterprise delivers everything needed to develop the applications that are increasingly central
to today’s information-driven businesses. And it does so in a way that maintains application
portability across hybrid and heterogeneous IT infrastructures.