Red Hat Introduces OpenShift Commons Community to Drive Innovation in Open Source Platform-as-a-Service

OpenShift collaboration initiative launches with participation from more than 30 technology industry leaders


Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced OpenShift Commons, a new open source community initiative to collaborate and deepen engagement with OpenShift, Red Hat’s open source Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering, and the open source technologies that OpenShift is built upon. OpenShift Commons extends beyond companies with active OpenShift deployments and embraces other open source technology communities, organizations and ecosystem partners from a variety of disciplines that intersect with PaaS, all committed to the open source model and PaaS innovation.


OpenShift already provides robust choices for developers exploring enterprise and community PaaS. OpenShift Commons is a distinctive way of building a strong and open network of users, partners and open source community members that will help Red Hat add to OpenShift's maturity and drive future PaaS innovation while supporting customer adoption.

Larry Carvalho

PaaS research manager, IDC

Red Hat launches OpenShift Commons with active participation from users, contributors, operators, customers, partners, and service providers from more than 30 global organizations, including Amadeus, AppDirect, Cisco, Dell, Docker, Getup Cloud and Shippable.

OpenShift by Red Hat incorporates several best-of-breed open source technologies, including OpenShift Origin, Docker, Kubernetes, Project Atomic, and more. OpenShift Commons uniquely brings together these communities and is designed to facilitate sharing of knowledge, feedback and insights into best practices across the OpenShift ecosystem and enable collaboration on the dependencies that can best advance open source PaaS.

OpenShift Commons operates under a shared goal to move conversations beyond code contribution and explore best practices, use cases, and patterns that work in today’s continuous delivery and agile software environments. For companies not yet deploying OpenShift, OpenShift Commons can help connect them to large scale delivery experts in the context of other common open source projects, including Docker, Kubernetes and Project Atomic. There is no Contributor License Agreement, code contribution requirement or fees to join, just a commitment to collaborate on the new PaaS stack.

OpenShift Commons offers several ways for participants to collaborate, including:

  • Special Interest Groups on various areas of PaaS innovation, such as containers, OpenShift 3, and PaaS operations.
  • Commons Briefings led by participant organizations and OpenShift team members on a wide range of topics, including DevOps best practices, containerization, PaaS operations, container networking and storage, OpenShift on OpenStack, and big data.
  • Commons mailing lists on several topics, encouraging participants to join the conversation.

Supporting Quotes

Ashesh Badani, vice president and general manager, OpenShift, Red Hat

The OpenShift user and partner ecosystems are incredibly vibrant, as are the open source technology communities that serve as the foundation for OpenShift and the rest of Red Hat’s product line. What we heard from customers, partners, and these communities is that they wanted a truly open community where all of these groups can intersect and help drive the future of PaaS innovation, and Red Hat is proud to facilitate development of a community to foster this broad industry collaboration.”

Larry Carvalho, PaaS research manager, IDC

“OpenShift already provides robust choices for developers exploring enterprise and community PaaS. OpenShift Commons is a distinctive way of building a strong and open network of users, partners and open source community members that will help Red Hat add to OpenShift's maturity and drive future PaaS innovation while supporting customer adoption."

Dietmar Fauser, vice president, Architecture, Quality & Governance, Amadeus

"As part of the project Amadeus Cloud Services, we are collaborating with Red Hat to build a solution to manage data-center resources as a single compute unit, of which OpenShift is a critical component. By participating in the OpenShift Commons, we are able to easily and proactively communicate with the community, to jointly build a powerful solution that can benefit all users. With both the openness of the virtual meetings and code on GitHub, we are able to commit resources to areas in which we have expertise, while liaising with other participants to prioritize the common goal – a stable, secure and fully open-source solution."

Daniel Saks, co-CEO, AppDirect

Our cloud service commerce platform enables the distribution of cloud services through the OpenShift marketplace and we have seen first hand the demand for PaaS. Our collaboration with Red Hat has provided an opportunity to respond to the market need and support Red Hat’s vision of driving high value for its OpenShift partners, developer community and open source technology. Red Hat's OpenShift Commons initiative is a testament to this vision and we are excited to provide our technology and API expertise to help drive open source adoption, engagement, integration and distribution.”

Ken Owens, chief technical officer, Cisco Cloud Services

“Enterprise CIOs consistently rank DevOps enablement as one of their highest priorities. With OpenShift Commons, Red Hat has remained true to their open source heritage and proven that OpenShift enables open source application lifecycle management in a powerful self-service DevOps enablement platform. OpenShift aligns with the Cisco Intercloud vision of application-centric enablement and portability across public and private clouds. We're pleased to contribute to the OpenShift Commons as it enables Cisco to collaborate directly with the entire OpenShift ecosystem."

Matt Baker, executive director of Enterprise Strategy, Dell

As a long-time open source contributor and participant, we at Dell are keenly aware of the interdependencies of today’s complex open source cloud initiatives. Our joint work with Red Hat on projects like OpenShift, Docker, Project Atomic, Kubernetes, and OpenStack stems from the importance we place on open collaboration to ensure our customers succeed with advanced open cloud technologies. OpenShift Commons is ushering in a new era of open cross-ecosystem collaboration, and Dell continues to support the peer-to-peer network, connecting these diverse projects to customers, ISVs, service providers and cloud hosts.”

Diego Goebel, CEO, Getup Cloud

OpenShift is critical to our business and the OpenShift Commons has given us a great opportunity to connect directly with other OpenShift ecosystem participants. Getup has been involved with OpenShift for more than two years, built a company with this open source project and having the opportunity to collaborate and work with them has been a great experience. We believe OpenShift Commons is a great opportunity to work with other OpenShift members, a channel to get feedback and share knowledge and experiences about the market developments and new releases."

Avi Cavale, CEO and co-founder, Shippable

"As the first PaaS offering to embrace Docker natively, we expect Red Hat's forthcoming OpenShift 3 Platform-as-a-Service release to interest enterprises in 2015 for three reasons. Not only is OpenShift the easiest path yet for enterprises to take advantage of container technology inside their datacenters, but with their OpenShift Commons initiative, they are providing the entire ecosystem around OpenShift with an open peer-to-peer network to exchange and collaborate on all aspects of this latest release. We're pleased to be active participants in the OpenShift Commons and encourage others to join."

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