Guess what company’s throwing its hat into the app store ring?
At the kickoff to Red Hat Summit in San Francisco on Monday, the Linux pioneer announced the debut of Open Shift Marketplace, the company’s digital distribution platform for software aimed at small business to large enterprise customers.
Since the 2011 debut of OpenShift Online, more than one million applications have been created on Red Hat’s public Platform-as-a-Service cloud offering. Now, the company founded by Canadian Bob Young and American Marc Ewing is boosting OpenShifts’ profile even further by enabling third party developers and partners to showcase their applications within the platform.
Marketplace will enable SaaS independent software vendors (ISVs) to reach a growing network of OpenShift customers and developers, according to Red Hat.
Several OpenShift Partners have already signed on to include their solutions in the OpenShift Marketplace. They include: BlazeMeter, a commercial self-service load testing PaaS; ClearDB, a data base-as-a-service for MySQL powered applications; Iron.io, a cloud application services provider; MongoLab, a cloud database service company; software analytics company New Relic; managed cloud service firm Redis Lab; email service SendGrid; and cloud-based developer platform Shippable.
“The OpenShift Marketplace is our next step towards our goal of providing customers the widest variety of choice when it comes to technologies that complement their OpenShift experience,” said Julio Tapia, director of the OpenShift ecosystem at Red Hat. “As the OpenShift partner ecosystem continues to expand, we expect Marketplace to provide developers and customers a more streamlined, secure experience to choose the best third-party solutions for the productivity and business enablement needs.”
OpenShift Marketplace will launch in the coming weeks.