Red Hat outlines PaaS cloud strategy

by CXOtoday Staff    Aug 26, 2010

RedHatPaaSRed Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT) today announced its vision for a comprehensive Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solution as part of its Cloud Foundations, a portfolio that will promote consistency between enterprise applications and the cloud.

Red Hat plans to bring the JBoss Enterprise Middleware strategy of Open Choice to the cloud through flexible deployment options in addition to a choice of development frameworks and languages. Red Hat said its next-generation PaaS solution will be designed to simplify the development of new, simple web applications as well as complex, transactional enterprise applications and integrate them into an enterprise. Additionally, Red Hat PaaS is expected to offer comprehensive reference architecture to enable existing applications to be re-purposed within private and public clouds, protecting existing investments.

Application infrastructure (middleware) is a key technology layer in enterprise computing, and it is of equal role and importance in cloud computing as well. To achieve the full cost, agility, productivity and scale benefits of cloud computing, applications must be deployed over a native cloud-enabled application infrastructure. Mainstream organizations must prepare to evaluate a full range of deployment options, including cloud, when planning their future application infrastructure investments,” said Yefim Natis, VP and distinguished analyst of research firm Gartner.

Red Hat plans to make PaaS available on-demand in public or private clouds to help developers and organizations build, deploy, and manage the entire life cycle of applications. Red Hat PaaS solutions will be based upon Red Hat’s JBoss Enterprise Middleware.

Red Hat PaaS will be based on the JBoss Open Choice strategy, which enables developers to build applications in their programming framework or language of choice, including Java EE, POJO, Spring, Seam, Struts, GWT, Groovy and Ruby. JBoss Developer Studio is expected to include a series of Eclipse plug-ins to deploy applications into a JBoss platform instance within a cloud. This will allow developers to leverage existing skills and not force them to start over with proprietary cloud APIs.

JBoss cloud images are expected to be available through a variety of public and private clouds including Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, Amazon EC2, Windows Hyper-V and more through Red Hat’s cloud engine. This feature is designed to enable enterprises to migrate existing applications to the cloud without rewriting them. Red Hat application engine will be designed to enable developers and IT operations staff to create JBoss platform instances in public or private clouds and provide elastic scalability.

Red Hat also said it will offer, through its PaaS, a comprehensive set of middleware capabilities, beyond simple containers, for building, deploying and integrating applications within clouds and on-premise deployments. Red Hat PaaS is expected to include containers, transactions, messaging, data services, rules, and presentation experience and integration services.

Over time, Red Hat PaaS is expected to expand to areas such as testing and QA services, automated elasticity, provisioning, deployment services for building multi-tiered, multi-service applications and metadata management across services.