Red Hat is releasing a beta of its OpenShift cloud platform. What’s interesting here is that OpenShift is a Platform as a Service (PaaS) framework that’s designed to support development of cloud-enabled apps, not a virtual machine framework like an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) service would be. This could be a way of dodging big incumbents like VMware, but it might also be a recognition that cloud computing based on cloud-enabled apps is far more efficient and performs better than cloud computing based on non-enabled apps, no matter what the framework of the cloud.
Microsoft and IBM preach a more cloud-enabled app story than most vendors, and they also preach more PaaS, hybrid cloud and private cloud. This month in Netwatcher, we’ll take a more detailed look at the architecture issues here, and how enterprises are seeing their cloud plans developing.