Platform as a Service (PaaS)
is Emerging

Definition: Platform as a Service (PaaS)

Platform as a Service provides a virtual environment for developers to create and deploy their apps with ease and speed.

Projected Enterprise use of Paas1
2012: 3%
2015: 43%
Annual growth rate of Global PaaS market through 20142
Projected size
of the global PaaS market by 20153
$1.8 Billion

Why developers embrace PaaS:

  • Speed and agility
  • On-demand platform services
  • Integrated auto-scaling and pay-per-use infrastructure
  • Focus on the application rather than the infrastructure

Why businesses embrace PaaS:

  • Helps drive innovation
  • Enables faster time-to-market
  • Reduces costs
  • Drives more efficient use of infrastructure

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While developers love the increased speed and agility they get from PaaS services, businesses are also focusing on PaaS as a way to drive innovation, boost productivity, and increase efficiencies. Industry analyst projections for growth in PaaS market and enterprise PaaS adoption are tremendous.

PaaS Challenges
for Enterprises

Enterprise Developer

  • Programming languages?
  • Developer tools?
  • Enterprise middleware?
  • Application portability?
  • Migration?
  • Platform lock-in?
  • Scalability?

Enterprise Architect

  • Governance?
  • Security?
  • Compliance?
  • Ecosystem?
  • Data privacy?
  • ISV support?

Enterprise IT Operator

  • On premise?
  • Hosted?
  • Hybrid?
  • Ecosystem?
  • Offline access?
  • Physical infrastructure?
  • SLAs?

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Today's enterprises have real world operational requirements that limit PaaS adoption. The needs of enterprise developers, enterprise architects, and IT operations teams are not fully addressed by current PaaS offerings. PaaS solutions must enable IT to empower their developers while still implementing PaaS in a way that meets their enterprise business requirements.

is the Enterprise-Class PaaS

Built on Enterprise-Class Technology

For Developers

  • Choice of languages
  • No lock-in frameworks
  • Rich toolset and services
  • Robust middleware

For Enterprise

  • Efficiency
  • Scalability
  • Secure multi-tenancy
  • Comprehensive solution

Choice of Clouds

  • Public Cloud
  • Private Cloud
  • Hybrid Cloud

Flexible Management Options


Enterprise IT managed

Let developers have the benefits of self-service PaaS while IT retains control for governance and compliance in a Private or Hybrid Cloud.


Developer managed

Let developers have more control with a fully automated self-service PaaS in a Private or Hybrid Cloud.


Red Hat managed

Let developers use in the Public Cloud to build and deploy their apps.


Locally managed

Let developers access OpenShift offline on their laptops to build their apps on the go.

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Red Hat's OpenShift strategy enables enterprises to take advantage of the benefits of PaaS solutions by providing a consistent enterprise-class platform available as a hosted service in the public cloud or as an on-premise private or hybrid cloud solution. OpenShift will also provide flexible management options allowing enterprises to leverage either leading-edge DevOps operational models or a more traditional management model controlled by IT Operations to maximize developer efficiency while addressing governance and compliance requirements.

Next Steps

Roadmap and Strategy

Find out more about Red Hat's PaaS roadmap and strategy

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