The next version of Red Hat's (RHT) OpenShift on-premise private PaaS offering is about to hit the proverbial shelves. Ashesh Badani, Red Hat's general manager of Cloud and OpenShift, unveiled OpenShift Enterprise 2, which was designed to provide customers with the ability to increase the speed, efficiency and scalability of their IT service delivery.

Additionally, OpenShift Enterprise 2 is also meant to drive faster development of new applications and business services while reducing time-to-market, according to the company.

Since launching OpenShift in November 2012 (hey, happy belated, OpenShift), Red Hat has continued to tweak the platform. According to the open source company, it has added more than 45 new features to OpenShift since launch, and in this next generation, it has added several new features.

The end result? Badani noted the new features make private PaaS easier to consume and implement through data center integration features, a new administration console, support for the latest programming languages and new collaboration capabilities.

OpenShift Enterprise 2 is built on a variety of Red Hat technologies and products, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform and OpenShift Origin.

"PaaS represents the fastest growing segment of cloud computing, and Red Hat offers the industry's only full suite of open source PaaS solutions for both public and private PaaS," said Badani in a prepared statement. "OpenShift Enterprise 2 extends this leadership and delivers what users want—an application-driven enterprise—by making PaaS even easier to consume."

Although OpenShift Enterprise 2's general availability was announced yesterday, the actual release date is Dec. 11.