The initial phase of this new PaaS strategy was started with the introduction of OpenShift Enterprise as a public PaaS. This combined Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, into an integrated open hybrid cloud application platform.
According to Red Hat, "The next phase of Red Hat's PaaS strategy focuses on the delivery of key additional Red Hat JBoss Middleware technologies in the cloud as services powered by OpenShift." This will include new integration capabilities, business process management (BPM), and mobile push notifications.
The mobile push notification service, AeroGear, is available today in developer preview. This will be followed by developer preview versions of integration PaaS (iPaaS) and BPM PaaS (bpmPaaS) technologies in the coming months. The iPaaS technology is being designed to add cloud interoperability functionality with pre-cloud messaging-based services.
You can start working on this with your OpenShift PaaS today with Red Hat JBoss Middleware products that include Red Hat JBoss Fuse and Red Hat JBoss BRMS, The Linux company states that "as new xPaaS services are delivered, users will be able to easily move new applications, integrations and process components into the PaaS environment. Over time, Red Hat plans to add services and capabilities from the rest of its Red Hat JBoss Middleware portfolio along with other Red Hat technologies incorporated as xPaaS services."
During an online conference, Paul Cormier, Red Hat's president of products and technologies, said, "Bringing more technologies from our middleware stack into the cloud and making them available as easy-to-consume services is a natural progression for us. We’ve been moving in this direction for years, building out our Red Hat JBoss Middleware portfolio and fine tuning our OpenShift PaaS technology. The combination of Red Hat JBoss Middleware and OpenShift is powerful for developers that want seamless integration across multiple platforms and the speed and innovation to match their expectations."
People outside of Red Hat also see potential for the pairing of JBoss and OpenShift.
Al Hilwa, IDC's application development software program director said in a statement, "Historically, enterprises have been reluctant to migrate existing workloads into a PaaS because of the limitations of some of the offerings on the market today. Red Hat's approach, which integrates multiple services, makes PaaS more attractive for existing and new workloads. Given Red Hat's track record in both middleware and cloud, they are in a great position to overcome this barrier and take enterprise PaaS to the next level."
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