RedHat's Java platform for cloud

Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offerings like Google Apps or Windows Azure may soon contend with a new open source competitor. Red Hat has revealed plans to release a PaaS offering that will extend their JBoss Open Choice portfolio. The PaaS offering is designed to allow programmers to build with Java EE, Spring and POJO, as well as a variety of other programming models, APIs and languages including Groovy and Ruby.

The Red Hat PaaS is standards based and seeks to ease the move of existing applications from private to public clouds. The company claims that a single cloud engine will be able to deploy on a variety of cloud computing models: on-premise, public and private. The offering is expected to be available through Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Amazon EC2, IBM Cloud, Rackspace, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and Windows Hyper V, as well as other current environments and possibly through future environments that have not yet come out.

Application and development services to be released via PaaS include: application, data, transaction, presentation, messaging integration, rules and business process services. Each service is said to scale independently from containers, which would allow for the customization of a given application and its workload. Red Hat has designed tools like JBoss Developer Studio, Operation Network and a browser interface with the intention of making it easier to create and manage PaaS resources.

This was first published in September 2010

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