Red Hat Adds Middleware Services on OpenShift PaaS

Red Hat, Inc., provider of open source solutions, recently outlined the next phase of its strategy for delivering one of the industry’s first comprehensive, open, and unified platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offerings. Red Hat JBoss xPaaS services for OpenShift by Red Hat provide a set of enterprise application, integration, and business process management (BPM) capabilities and services in an extensible PaaS offering.

Red Hat will make its technologies available as services on OpenShift, widening the pathway for enterprises and developers to create, integrate, and manage applications and business processes in the cloud. The initial phase of Red Hat’s PaaS strategy was marked by the 2012 introduction of OpenShift Enterprise, which combined the core enterprise technologies such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform into an integrated hybrid cloud application platform. The commercial availability of OpenShift Online, Red Hat’s public PaaS offering, followed.

The PaaS market is maturing beyond basic application container services to increasingly specialized services. Gartner uses the term “xPaaS” to describe the group of these specialized public cloud services, such as bpmPaaS, iPaaS (integration), mPaaS (mobile apps), and aPaaS (apps). However, these services are often offered in isolation from one another by technology providers. Today’s enterprise applications are distributed across disparate infrastructures and integrate both complex processes and numerous data sources, requiring easier and more nimble integration, and a more unified approach to higher-level services than what has traditionally been available.

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 on OpenShift, including integration capabilities, BPM, and mobile push notifications. The mobile push notification service is available today in developer preview and will be followed by developer preview versions of integration PaaS (iPaaS) and BPM PaaS (bpmPaaS) technologies in the coming months. The iPaaS technology will expand on pre-cloud messaging-based integration to include cloud-based configuration, cloud-based brokers, and cloud-based services, while the bpmPaaS capabilities are slated to include process modeling, business activity monitoring (BAM), process simulation, and the ability to dynamically configure automation and data without changing code.

Development for xPaaS can be initiated today with Red Hat JBoss Middleware products, including Red Hat JBoss Fuse and Red Hat JBoss BRMS, which have been built with the cloud as a target development and deployment platform. As new xPaaS services are delivered, users will be able to 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 in lines with its vision of cloud service unification.
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