It’s alive: OpenShift Enterprise 1.2

Fresh out the blocks today we give you Red Hat’s OpenShift Enterprise release 1.2, available now for consumption. Building on the success of the GA’d 1.0 release 1.2 gives even more versatility and power to handle the provisioning management and automation of the ultimate PaaS solution for public, private and Open Hybrid Cloud platforms supported and certified by us.

OpenShift Enterprise is a versatile platform for application development, operations, and IT architecture as it provides users with access to a cloud-based application platform built on a trusted stack of open source Red Hat technologies, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux, JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, and OpenShift Origin, the upstream code that powers both OpenShift Enterprise and OpenShift Online. OpenShift Enterprise automates much of the provisioning and systems management of the application platform stack in a way that enables the IT team to more easily meet growing business demands for new application services.

OpenShift Enterprise also provides an on-demand, elastic, scalable, and fully configured application development, testing and hosting environment for application developers so that they can focus on coding these new application services. With its unique Security-Enhanced Linux (SELinux) approach to handling secure multitenancy, OpenShift Enterprise also offers reliable security and multi-tenancy with the ability to subdivide the operating system instances for efficiency.

Find more infomation here !

Podcast: Grant Shipley talks OpenShift

grantpodcastSo I had the opportunity to plan to hookup to record a podcast with Grant Shipley of the OpenShift team when he was in the UK today. Grant is a really good guy and passionate about PaaS and the major gains OpenShift Enterprise makes for Enterprise customers wanting to embrace cloud.

Hear us talk PaaS and talk dynamic environments, Enterprise 1.1 cool stuff for the future and just generally get deep into talking tech.

Download the podcast here in MP3 format only

 

Cloud: Open Business Transformation

A lot of attention this week has been focused on comments made in an interview with Barclays Bank on how their use of Linux allowed them streamlined and focused development environments and how use of Linux and Open Source confirmed their internal strengths to get to first base quicker and faster, saving a huge amount of budget in the process.

Barclays are a thought leader, they’re a great company who understand how changing the ethos and supporting their people to deliver the platforms and technologies allows them to be one step ahead of many in the same vertical industry. It’s one reason Red Hat work with them and why we put so much effort into supporting their ambitions.

So if Barclays can harness Cloud openly and benefit by association can other businesses use it for transforming not just their architectures but also the underlying ethos that glues IT processes and practices together ? Allowing the adoption of Open Cloud to re-invent or re-imagine what they are able to achieve. Agility has always been a cornerstone of Cloud, elasticity goes beyond availability but also describes methodologies of provisioning to fit both governance and appetite. Using Open Cloud to develop hybrid methodologies to build new structures around your internal capabilities may yet be seen as the smartest move yet for shrewd CIOs facing the ever increasing needs from both internal and external facing customers.

OpenShift has given voice to Red Hat’s ability to work with forward thinking developers at every level across every business vertical. To be able to demonstrate openly with three clicks how you break through existing barriers to Cloud application deployment and management. Tie in JBoss (the underlying glue behind OpenShift) and you have an agile structured development environment world class and ready for application deployment as well as those organisations who are realising that migration from WebLogic and Websphere makes JBoss a more advantageous platform than just being a JRE stablemate.

Barclays aren’t the first, they may be one of the most vocal and supportive, but the world is waking up to the fact that if you are sensible, if you understand business process and bottom line effects on your business – you avoid vendor lock in, and you think Open.

We’ve worked very hard over the last five years to build a solution set of technologies as part of engagement at the customer level to get existing enterprise customers often drowning in older legacy less flexible legacy platforms to start thinking openly. The Red Hat Pathways engagement model is proven to work and is a great starting point when you are starting to consider how you re-imagine and re-focus your business process methodology around harnessing the best of Open Source. This is never more critical when it comes to the decision making around Cloud. The video below gives you a brief snapshot of what it is and how it can be engaged with.

Below you’ll also find two more online resources to help you think about why being Open can dramatically increase your agility and flexibility at every level of your business using Red Hat Open Hybrid Cloud.

Red Hat – Get more out of your Open Cloud

Red Hat – Enterprise PaaS

Podcast: Juan Noceda – Mr OpenShift

Juan Noceda who is the Senior Product Manager for OpenShift at Red Hat is in London this week with Ashesh Badani General Manger of Red Hat’s Cloud BU. They are on what can be politely described as a whistlestop tour of customers analysts and thoughtleaders talking Open Hybrid Cloud and OpenShift Enterprise.

So whilst they were in territory it gave me the chance to get Juan in front of one of my microphones and record a podcast.

This is what fell out of that session, well worth a listen. If you’re also still looking for CloudEvangelist on iTunes we’re still waiting for Apple to list it. Soon as we have an update we’ll get it out to you. If you want to subscribe to the RSS feed or from a podcast client or engine of your choice go click the Podcast button in the top menu above.

Download the podcast here in MP3 format only

OpenShift Enterprise is here !

Yesterday evening UK time we launched OpenShift Enterprise On-Premise PaaS to great applomb. I’ve been sworn to secrecy with the implied threat of being sat on if I’d talked about this or even hinted at it in the run up to launch so sorry this is the first time I can even mention it “in the open”.

OpenShift Enterprise IS A BIG DEAL. Let’s make no bones about it, OpenShift is one of the most talked about hot properties in Cloud and rightly so. Since we first launched on OpenShift on AWS it’s gone viral, demand has been off the scale. Demand then started to creep up regarding when we were going to make this available in an on-premise supported solution for Enterprises and Channel Providers to be able to consume.

Today we reached that milestone, a culmination of a lot of hard work from across Red Hat. The goal of being able to have a supportable carrier class enterprise ready on-premise PaaS platform extends and underwrites Red Hat’s value proposition in Cloud. It’s a major opportunity out the box for organisations that were or are putting off moving apps or extending their reach to public cloud to be able to do more in house with the flexibility and proven power of OpenShift. This immediately means more risk averse companies can build OpenShift into their governance models building within enshrined network boundaries.

So all the cool flexible power you were used to in OpenShift on AWS now extends to the enterprise. That means out of the box fast scaling cloud application platforms. Rocket fast application development pace, secure and scalable. And if you can administer a RHEL box you can deploy and support OpenShift. So immediately you have better productivity and an opportunity to further embrace Cloud at your own pace on your legacy on-premise hardware.

I also totally recommend reading Jimmy Guerrero’s great launch piece here which gives a technical overview of the building blocks of OpenShift Enterprise and talks about the cartridge based functionality of OpenShift.

You can read more on this great blog posting from Ashesh Badani, and also read the press reaction with these links below.