Red Hat announces OpenShift Enterprise, On-premise PaaS

Red Hat announced last week that they will release an open on-premise Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering for enterprises, called OpenShift Enterprise.  OpenShift Enterprise is an on-premise PaaS product that is designed to be installed within customer datacenters or private, public, or hybrid clouds. This announcement fulfills Red Hat’s plans for an on-premise PaaS offering, first announced in May 2012.

“OpenShift Enterprise is built on a trusted stack of open source-based Red Hat technologies, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux, JBoss Enterprise Application Platform and OpenShift Origin, the basis for Red Hat’s existing online OpenShift PaaS service that has been available in a free beta since May 2011. With the inclusion of JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6, OpenShift Enterprise becomes the only Java EE 6-certified on-premise PaaS available to enterprises today.”

While not the first PaaS provider to release a private version of their product, Red Hat is approaching an emerging cloud computing market that prefers private clouds for their initial projects.  The justification is a perceived lack of security and reliability within public PaaS clouds, such as those provided by Google and Amazon.

The use of a private PaaS is a bit perplexing.  They leave much of the cost and scalability benefits of cloud computing behind.  However, the desire to control the platform completely seems to outweigh the business case for public cloud computing.