Since launch day in November, Red Hat's (NYSE: RHT) OpenShift Enterprise PaaS has gained momentum with developers and has even earned some awards in the cloud computing space. Now Red Hat has updated the PaaS with a fully supported developer console designed to make it easier for developers to do application deployment.

The release of OpenShift Enterprise 1.1 follows up on other 2012 launches around PaaS, including the original launch of OpenShift Enterprise in November and Red Hat's announcement of on-premise PaaS offerings last May. Designed for on-premise deployment to be deployed within an enterprise's private, public or hybrid cloud environment, OpenShift is built on open source technologies such as Red Hat Enterprise, JBoss Enterprise Application Platform and OpenShift Origin.

New or updated features in OpenShift Enterprise 1.1 include:

  • The previously mentioned developer console for enabling application deployment using a web browser, as well as the product's CLI and Eclipse IDE interfaces.
  • A newly published reference architecture for deploying and managing private PaaS. The reference architecture provides details on how to deploy a distributed OpenShift Enterprise environment, as well as how to build and deploy applications on it.

So many product release updates have a long list of new features, so OpenShift Enterprise 1.1's meager list seems a little light. The private PaaS reference architecture will be of benefit to solutions providers and enterprises IT departments about to deploy a Red Hat OpenShift-based private PaaS, and the developer console should make things easier—and save time—for developers.

Instead, Red Hat focused much of its announcement on its Cloud Awards win—a fine achievement, but one that means a lot less than new and enhanced features that could make the life of a cloud builder or developer easier.

With a marginal 1.1 release, though, maybe it doesn't matter. Maybe the proof is in the pudding: According to Red Hat executives, the channel has embraced OpenShift and other Red Hat open hybrid cloud products.

OpenShift 1.1 is now available to subscribers in North America, the United Kingdom and Continental Europe.