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Red Hat introduces its Platform-as-a-Service cloud

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Raleigh, N.C.-based Linux pioneer Red Hat Inc. announced the commercial availability of OpenShift Online, its public Platform-as-a-Service cloud offering.

Since its debut in developer preview in 2011, more than 1 million applications have been created on OpenShift Online. According to the company, the new commercial offering will enable OpenShift Online’s users and developers to access the company Global Support Services enabling them to build, launch and host applications in the public cloud.

The elastic, multi-language, PaaS architecture of OpenShift Online automates the provisioning, management and scaling of applications. As a polyglot PaaS, OpenShift’s support for multiple languages, including Java, Ruby, PHP, Python, Node.js, and Perl.

OpenShift Online is built from the OpenShift Origin open source project and leverages Red Hat Enterprise Linux and the SELinux subsystem for a secure, multi-tenant architecture. Users and ISV partners can also take advantage of third-party extensions or build their own through OpenShift’s extensible, pluggable cartridge framework.

For a monthly fee, developers subscribing to OpenShift Online’s commercial offering – known as the Silver tier – will have access to technical support and additional platform resources from the world’s top Linux administrators and JBoss developers. Developers using OpenShift Online can purchase the Silver level service tier with a credit card, paying on a month-by-month basis for access and capacity. This service tier also offers Red Hat technical support, which can be leveraged by developers during all phases of planning, testing, deploying, and running their applications.

The Silver service tier for OpenShift Online by Red Hat will be available in North America beginning June 11, 2013 and in Europe the following week, with pricing starting as low as $20.00 per month, including a payment option for Euros. The service will be readily available in other countries in upcoming months.