In the world of cloud Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) technologies, there are now two primary open-source competitors, the Red Hat backed OpenShift and the Pivotal backed CloudFoundry.
VMware spun out the CloudFoundry technology to its sister company Pivotal in 2013. Over the years,CloudFoundry has garnered the support of multiple large IT vendors including IBM, which bases its BlueMix PaaS on it and HP with its Cloud Application PaaS.
Red Hat has been evolving its OpenShift PaaS platform since 2011 as well. In its most recent iteration, Red Hat released the OpenShift Enterprise 2.2 platform, providing integration with the Red Hat CloudForms cloud management platform.
Paul Cormier, EVP and President, Product and Technologies at Red Hat is not what anyone would call a CloudFoundry fan. In a video interview with Datamation, Cormier detailed his views on the PaaS competition.
“CloudFoundry has the potential to be Unix all over again,” Cormier said.
In the Unix market, fragmentation has been an issue for decades. Cormier noted that if you look at the CloudFoundry market there are multiple vendors that make their own flavors of CloudFoundry based platforms.
“I think it will be very difficult for applications to be compatible across the vendors’ different variations of CloudFoundry,” Cormier said.
Watch the full video interview with Paul Cormier below:
Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at Datamation and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist
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