2013 will be a big year for these products. The road map calls for continued development of both the public and private PaaS offering, with advanced administrative controls and monitoring and the ability to more easily integrate existing applications into OpenShift, Badani says. Another area Red Hat will work on is integrating OpenShift with OpenStack, the open source cloud management platform that Red Hat is a major contributor to. Red Hat is working on its down distribution of OpenStack as well, which Badani says could be released in the coming months.
Even as Red Hat looks to beef up its PaaS offerings, and specifically its integrations with OpenStack, there are a variety of other PaaS options on the market, and within the OpenStack community. VMware joined OpenStack last year and its open source PaaS, named Cloud Foundry is already being integrated into the offerings of some OpenStack-member companies, such as Piston Cloud Computing. Salesforce.com's Heroku and Force.com are PaaS offering, and there are a variety of pure-play PaaS companies as well, such as CloudBees and Apprenda.