Red Hat has added support for Java Enterprise Edition 6 (JEE6) to OpenShift as part of an effort to expand its cloud computing platform and allow developers additional flexibility when creating applications.
The update will also better enable enterprises to move Java applications into the OpenShift platform-as-a-service environment, the firm said.
Enhancements to JEE6 include the use of content and dependency injection protocols that eliminate the need for developers to add XML injection code, helping to simplify the application development process.
The addition of profiles for applications, meanwhile, aims to tackle what Red Hat described as a "bloat" issue caused by the wide range of applications and deployment models.
Red Hat is hoping that support for JEE6 will expand the uptake of OpenShift. The cloud platform, based on Red Hat's Jboss Application Server 7, is currently offered as a developer preview, and the company soon hopes to move it into general availability with no starting costs and a "pay as you scale" fee structure.
Isaac Roth, Red Hat's 'resident platform-as-a-service master', said that OpenShift offers developers a highly flexible system for end-user platforms, programming languages and deployment models.
"It means that Java developers looking for the next development model, or developers who are coming from Java EE, can transfer into the cloud, write the cloud-scale apps and have a great time doing it," he told reporters.
While Red Hat is putting its weight behind JEE6 through OpenShift, the platform may have a tougher time in the larger enterprise space.
IDC analyst Al Hilwa told V3 that enterprises have historically been slow on the uptake when it comes to Java EE, and that the adoption of cloud platforms is also likely to be gradual.
"The move to the cloud by enterprises is still in its infancy. Most apps being developed in the cloud are written from scratch for new requirements, often as back-ends of mobile or web apps, such as for gaming or social networking," he said.
"The big enterprise move to the cloud will happen much more slowly, but it is good to see it as an option from Red Hat."
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