Red Hat launches OpenShift Marketplace to boost its PaaS offering

Jumps on App Store bandwagon, also announces integration and messaging products

Red Hat has opened up its OpenShift Marketplace and announced a couple of offerings to simplify the integration of public, private and on premise infrastructure.

The online software shop is aimed at organisations of all sizes looking for an easier way of accessing third-party software to run on top of OpenShift-based clouds.

The marketplace will sport productivity offerings such as  database management, email delivery services, messaging queues, application performance monitoring and more, all managed from a central location.

Among the software firms featuring on the store are BlazeMeter, ClearDB, Iron.io, MongoLab, New Relic, Redis Labs, SendGrid, and Shippable. Other firms are set to join the software store in the "coming weeks", according to Red Hat.

“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, OpenShift ecosystem, Red Hat. "As the OpenShift partner ecosystem continues to expand, we expect the Marketplace to provide developers and customers a more streamlined, secure experience to choose the best third-party solutions for their productivity and business enablement needs.”

The marketplace is scheduled to roll out across  all availability regions of the OpenShift Online public PaaS service in the coming weeks.

The firm also announced a couple of updated products at its Red Hat Summit in San Francisco.  its standards-based integration and messaging products, Red Hat JBoss Fuse 6.1 and Red Hat JBoss A-MQ 6.1, are aimed at extending and simplifying integration to all facets of the enterprise, including on-premise, hybrid and cloud-based environments.

Red Hat said these products should ease the development and maintenance of integration solutions and provide a vast array of connectivity options.

Within the update, the products now fully support AMQP 1.0. AMQP (Advanced Message Queuing Protocol) supports wire-level compatibility, meaning that messaging servers and clients from different vendors can connect. This, said Red Hat, removes one of the last barriers to universal connectivity, enabling the integrated Internet of Things.

There is also an updated management console, that now makes it possible to not only provision and manage message brokers, but to control and manage individual integration processes. Users can start, stop, measure, and trace integration services. The console unifies management across both JBoss Fuse and JBoss A-MQ, and deployments on-premise and in the cloud.

Red Hat has released JBoss Fuse 6.1 on OpenShift as a developer preview. Running JBoss Fuse on OpenShift, developers can run integration in the cloud, allowing for message queueing, transformation, and routing, which are many of the same capabilities provided by integration PaaS (iPaaS) offerings.

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