From the Wires
Red Hat Expands Platform-as-a-Service Ecosystem with Extension of Partner Program
By: Business Wire
Nov. 27, 2012 10:30 AM
Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the expansion of its OpenShift Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) Partner Program in line with the launch of its on-premise OpenShift Enterprise PaaS product. With this, the OpenShift Partner Program introduces several new partner categories and welcomes new partners into its expanding cloud ecosystem.
The original OpenShift Partner Program launched in May 2011 with the introduction of the developer preview of the OpenShift Online PaaS offering available from Red Hat. The program was designed to foster a broad, rich partner ecosystem that would address the rapidly changing developer requirements for PaaS and that would build on the robust open certified ecosystem available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and JBoss Enterprise Middleware. Since the launch of the OpenShift Partner Program, Red Hat has been working with a broad range of partners to address customer needs while generating mutual value. The OpenShift Partner Program expands today to better address the needs of customers as the PaaS industry and technologies evolve.
The updated OpenShift Partner Program features three partner categories, including:
Building a community cartridge is the first step for any partner interested in engaging with OpenShift. A cartridge is a configuration template or script that enables a third-party addition or extension to OpenShift. Partners looking to engage with OpenShift can start by understanding the steps required to create a cartridge and can begin developing in collaboration with OpenShift through the open source OpenShift Origin project at the Community Partner level. The Community Partner program category enables partners to reach a committed developer base and to help broaden their exposure.
This program category allows partners to further extend their market reach by building on the engagement with the OpenShift community that was initially enabled by the Community Partner category. Certified Partners can gain extended access and exposure to current OpenShift customers with an opportunity to bring their solution to market in collaboration with OpenShift. This category is aimed at partners with the capability to bring a wide range of functionality that is complementary to OpenShift’s own PaaS functionality through technologies such as middleware, development frameworks, datastores, IDEs and management tools. Partner offerings can run directly on OpenShift, either online or via OpenShift Enterprise, or can themselves be a hosted service offering that integrates with OpenShift through web APIs.
The Powered by OpenShift program category is designed for partners who are actively using OpenShift to power their own Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications and solutions. Powered by OpenShift partners will gain the opportunity for close alignment with the OpenShift roadmap. Current Powered by OpenShift partners are already leveraging the OpenShift online service available at openshift.redhat.com and can also take advantage of OpenShift Enterprise.
Ashesh Badani, general manager, Cloud Business Unit and OpenShift,
Kowsik Guruswamy, CTO, Blitz.io
Ruben Daniels, founder and CEO, Cloud 9 IDE
Ed Albanese, vice president of Business Development, 10gen
Bill Lapcevic, vice president of Business Development, New Relic
Andi Gutmans, CEO, Zend
For more information on the OpenShift Partner Program and OpenShift Enterprise, join Red Hat executives for a virtual press conference webcast announcement at 11:00 a.m. ET on Nov. 27. The webcast will also be available for replay. To register for the live broadcast or to access the replay, visit https://vts.inxpo.com/Launch/QReg.htm?ShowKey=11748.
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