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Red Hat Updates OpenShift Enterprise

Red Hat has just released an update of the enterprise edition of its open source OpenShift Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) environment.

OpenShift Enterprise 2.2, the latest release of the private, on-premises version of the PaaS, integrates the JBoss Fuse for xPaaS enterprise service bus and JBoss A-MQ for xPaaS messaging platform, to offer "offer unified, enterprise-grade integration to, from and within the cloud," according to the company

Red Hat's president of products and technologies, Paul Cormier, has described xPaaS as "a developer interface to the operating system of the cloud." JBoss xPaaS combines the company's development environment for enterprise Java and middleware with its PaaS technologies by delivering the middleware as a cloud-based service on OpenShift. The result, the company says, provides "a unified development and operations experience."

The company is also touting a number of enhancements in this release, including improved integration with existing datacenter infrastructure, as well as easy deployment on a variety of virtualization and cloud technologies through integration with Red Hat CloudForms, the company's hybrid cloud management product. This release also provides out-of-the-box integration with several identity management and DNS management platforms, and enhanced PaaS management for operations via new app placement and middleware cartridge configuration controls. The new enterprise edition can also be automated and controlled by CloudForms. This capability enables OpenShift Enterprise to be deployed automatically to any hybrid cloud infrastructure managed by CloudForms, the company says.

Red Hat's OpenShift products are based on a free and open-source app hosting platform, now called OpenShift Origin, which was originally developed by Red Hat. The first version of OpenShift was launched as a free beta in 2011 and was aimed at open source developers. It came with built-in management and auto-scaling capabilities that freed developers from stack setup, maintenance, and operational chores, allowing them to focus on coding. And it supported a range of programming languages, including Java, Ruby, PHP, Python, Node.js, and Perl, as well numerous frameworks, databases, and clouds.

In 2012 Red Hat launched an enterprise version of OpenShift and began an expansion of its partner ecosystem.

In April 2014, the company unveiled OpenShift Online, a public cloud app development and hosting platform to provide customers and developers with access to "complementary third-party solutions" developed by members of that partner ecosystem.

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