Red Hat Unveils New Business Model, Pricing For OpenShift PaaS
June 28, 2012

Red Hat Unveils New Business Model, Pricing For OpenShift PaaS

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Red Hat announced a new business model and pricing plan for its OpenShift platform as a service (PaaS) offering on Tuesday during the company´s joint JBoss World 2012 and Red Hat Summit conference in Boston.

OpenShift, which has been available as a free service since May 2011, gives developers a cloud application platform with a selection of programming languages, frameworks and application lifecycle tools to build applications.

“Over the past year since we debuted OpenShift, we´ve seen the power of an open, flexible PaaS for developers,” said Brian Stevens, CTO and vice president of worldwide engineering at Red Hat, in a statement published by

“We´ve made major progress over this year with the addition of new programming languages, the release of the open-source project OpenShift Origin and plans for our enterprise PaaS offering. Building on this strong momentum, introducing our model and plans for OpenShift with enterprise-grade support from Red Hat today is a huge step forward for Red Hat and developers who are looking to take an open hybrid approach to the cloud.”

The OpenShift platform supports Java EE 6, and offers full support for Java in the cloud, Red Hat said.

The company had made the code that powers OpenShift available to the open-source community in April 2012 via the OpenShift Origin project. The following month, Red Hat announced plans to extend OpenShift PaaS to allow companies to use both DevOps operational models and conventional application management technologies.

Red Hat is now extending this offering to include a supported, OpenShift PaaS hosted offering that will initially be available in two tiers — FreeShift and MegaShift.

FreeShift is a free service that offers three small gears. It also includes the ability to autoscale, offers access to the languages, frameworks and data stores developers prefer, and has community-provided support.

Developers currently using OpenShift PaaS will have the opportunity to automatically migrate to FreeShift to continue their current service.

MegaShift, the first paid tier of OpenShift PaaS, extends the FreeShift offering with larger gear capacity -- up to 16 gears — along with the ability to add storage space exceeding the 1GB per gear available with FreeShift.

In terms of support, MegaShift has a two-day response time with a 99 percent uptime service level agreement, said Red Hat´s ℠PaaS master´, Isaac Roth.

Some companies will think this is adequate for production applications, while others will not, he said.

Pricing for MegaShift includes a $42 monthly platform fee and a per-gear-hour fee for gears past the first three.

"We do plan to follow up MegaShift with better SLAs, better support, and added features for enterprises," said Roth, suggesting it would be available sometime next year, although at a higher price.

OpenShift PaaS is currently available in Developer Preview, while FreeShift and MegaShift are expected to be available later this year under a new pricing structure.

“Platform as a service is becoming an increasingly efficient and powerful tool for building both new applications; but also for modernizing legacy and traditional ISV applications in the age of mobile, social and the cloud,” said Martin Schneider, research manager at 451 Research, in a statement.

“The beauty of open, flexible platforms like OpenShift is that they provide developers with the required toolkits to create cloud applications, or enhance existing environments without exorbitant 'per-user' costs or fear of platform or vendor lock-in.”

Separately, Red Hat also announced that JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (EAP) 6.0, which became generally available last week, is now available in´s developer preview.

Red Hat said this gives customers an open-source Java PaaS solution that enables hybrid cloud settings, and helps facilitate the move toward cloud-enabled application servers for HTML5, mobile and enterprise.

Although Red Hat does not disclose specific figures on the number of users of OpenShift, the company says they number in the “tens of thousands."

Research firm Gartner forecasts that annual worldwide PaaS revenue will reach $1.8 billion by 2015.