Linux distribution vendor Red Hat has used an online event to make a series of announcements focused around its Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) cloud strategy and its wider Cloud Foundations portfolio. Aimed at promoting consistency between enterprise applications and the cloud, Red Hat is working towards interoperability and portability to prevent cloud lock-in.
Using multiple clouds effectively to take advantage of competitive advantages across a wide range of public and private clouds is a central part of Red Hat's services philosophy. Based on JBoss Enterprise Middleware, Red Hat PaaS is designed to allow enterprises, cloud service providers, ISVs and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) providers to take existing assets and develop new applications and deploy them to any cloud.
Red Hat says it 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. The company's PaaS solution will be designed to simplify the development of simple web applications as well as complex, transactional enterprise applications with the ability to be able to integrate them into the enterprise itself.
"Application infrastructure (in the form of 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, a distinguished analyst with Gartner.
Red Hat first introduced Cloud Foundations in June 2010 during the Red Hat Summit in Boston. This line of products includes tools suited to implementing a private cloud, a detailed reference architecture and implementation cookbook, as well as consulting services and training offerings. The company says that it has been well received to date and is clearly using this as the basis for today's additional cloud-centric announcements.