Red Hat has updated its OpenShift Enterprise platform as a service (PaaS) cloud software for application development, making it easier to deploy on OpenStack clouds, adding improved administration console features, collaboration and expanded programming language support.
Due to be available from 11 December, OpenShift Enterprise 2.0 comes almost exactly a year after the first release of the PaaS platform, which was introduced to enable customers to develop scalable cloud-based applications for deployment from either private or public cloud infrastructure.
Like the first release, the update is built around Red Hat's own technologies, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and the JBoss Enterprise Application Server platform, packaged together and ready to deploy in a cloud environment.
For the new version, Red Hat has redesigned the installation experience, providing a streamlined installer to help customers with the deployment process.
"With the OpenShift Enterprise 2.0 release, we've wrapped installation logic and a CLI [command-line interface] wizard around that [installer] engine to greatly simplify and improve the out-of-the-box user experience," product manager Mike Barrett explained on Red Hat's OpenShift blog.
It can also generate configuration files that can alternatively be used to drive popular installation methods such as Puppet, Chef and Anisible, he added.
Deployment on OpenStack clouds has also been improved with the inclusion of templates for the orchestration module, Heat, which is now a core part of the OpenStack Havana release.
Another area addressed in this release is integration with the underlying infrastructure. In particular OpenShift Enterprise 2.0 now provides hooks so that customers can take advantage of existing load balancers and routers for applications running on the PaaS platform, Red Hat said.
Some of the features in OpenShift Enterprise 2.0 have been introduced from Red Hat's hosted OpenShift Online service, including the administration console. This gives IT operations managers an at-a-glance overview of the state of their OpenShift deployment, including the applications, users and overall capacity of the PaaS infrastructure, according to Red Hat.
Meanwhile, for developers, Red Hat has introduced team collaboration features. These enable a developer to add other developers to an application so that they can work on a project in a controllable manner, with three supported roles for users: viewer, editor or admin.
Finally, Red Hat has added Node.js to OpenShift Enterprise to give developers more choice, and updated its Python, Ruby and PostgreSQL support.
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