For the past several months the Red Hat Mobile Engineering and Product teams have been hard at work enhancing our technological core – our Node.js-based Mobile Backend-as-a-Service (MBaaS). While we have a long, feature rich roadmap which will continue to see rapid updates (we’re averaging one large payload per month for 2016!) we made a conscious decision to focus on providing a new deployment option where the MBaaS can be deployed on of OpenShift Enterprise while the remaining components of the Mobile Application Platform remain hosted in the cloud.
The obvious question that arises from these offerings is a simple “Why?”. Why move focus to an on-premise hosting model when cloud is all the rage? Why focus on more traditional technologies over an innovative one? Why be so ‘old school’?
The answer is simple – we love the cloud, but many customers don’t! Our team routinely speaks with customers who take the attitude of “The cloud is great for everyone else, but we’re taking much longer to adopt it than most others” It’s an interesting case of perception vs. reality – there is a lot more talk than actual adoption when it comes to cloud technologies. The confusion clears up a bit when you realize that Red Hat serves 100% of U.S. Executive Departments, 100% of Commercial Banks in the Fortune 500 and numerous other customers who value full control and internal security measures over the cost and scalability benefits that cloud based technologies provide.
Does this mean that Red Hat Mobile is shifting a focus towards on-premise specific functionality going forward? Heck no! That’s the beauty of being on top of a container management system like OpenShift – any place OpenShift can be deployed (effectively anyplace that can run RHEL) can now have an enterprise grade MBaaS and soon a full Mobile Application Platform deployed as well.
In short, Red Hat’s OpenShift Enterprise and Mobile Application Platform are now working together to bridge the gap between cutting edge technologies and traditional hosting requirements. This means you can still have the control and security of on-premise deployments while receiving the benefits of shiny new technologies like docker containers and Kubernetes for containers and management, eased automation and integration, and greater scalability when needed.
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