OpenShift is built on OpenStack and Red Hat's open-source technologies. These include Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, and OpenShift Origin. The last is OpenShift Enterprise's upstream code.
This latest edition of OpenShift Enterprise, according to Red Hat, is designed "to further enable DevOps practices through the delivery of new capabilities within the PaaS platform that bring development and operations closer together. With OpenShift Enterprise 2.1, Red Hat is introducing consolidated log and metrics management, offering new versions of application programming languages, increasing application availability with a new concept of zones and regions, exposing a new plug-in interface that will allow operations to better integrate existing policy orchestration into the PaaS platform, allowing new ways to integrate and work with large numbers of groups within corporate organizations, and releasing new intelligence into the platform around the automatic remedy of common application service issues."
To make this happen OpenShift Enterprise 2.1 has several new features. These include:
- Updated MySQL 5.5 and PHP 5.4 cartridges with OpenShift Enterprise entitlement that allows OpenShift to offer proven security and bug fixes including technical support for both the platform and the content it provides. Python 3.3 and MongoDB 2.4 cartridges will be added shortly in a 2.1x release
- New gathering and consolidation method for platform and application logs. Plus a new way to gather and store key performance attributes from the operating system and application services.
- Ability for applications provided by OpenShift to intelligently span infrastructure across zones within regions, increasing the resiliency of the services provided by OpenShift.
- Plug-in interface that allows OpenShift to integrate with complex decision automation policies a datacenter might need to follow due to regulatory, ITIL, or change management facilities.
- Introduction of teams as an interface for LDAP group integration with OpenShift user management features.
- The release of the watchman daemon that aids in the automation of common remedies to help administrators scale to the PaaS platform in a more efficient manner.
OpenShift Enterprise 2.1 is currently available for download for customers in North America, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe and select Asia and Latin America regions, including Australia, ASEAN, Japan, Argentina and Brazil.