OpenShift is an open source platform as a service (PaaS) offered by Red Hat that lets organizations and individuals deploy web applications on the cloud. This means that OpenShift provides the hardware and the development tools, as well as Internet access, which allows to web developers to focus solely on building and supporting their applications. OpenShift offers two plans: a starter and a pro plan. The starter plan is free and lets developers test an application before going live, while the pro plan lets developers deploy their live applications for a monthly cost.
- Open source
- Lets web developers focus on developing and supporting their applications
- Developers can deploy applications very quickly
- Very easy to set up and use
- Applications can scale as needed
- Reliable service provided by an industry leader
- Has a significant user base
- Poor customer support
- Free plan very limited for most types of applications
- Expensive in comparison to some similar services
Web developers today have many choices when it comes to developing and deploying their applications on the cloud, but OpenShift is one of the oldest and most reliable, with many big companies using it. It is also very easy to set up and manage. Developers can get their applications up and running in a very short amount of time. One of the big benefits of deploying an application on the cloud is that it can easily scale as the application becomes popular, and OpenShift does a very good good at this. It can even scale an application automatically. On the downside, OpenShift does not have the best customer support, even when paying for their service. Also, while previously developers could use the free service to deploy a small web application, this is no longer possible for most applications, as free applications must now hibernate for at least 18 hours in every 72-hour period. Finally, while the pro plan is not outrageously expensive, OpenShift is no longer as cost effective as it once was. Developers operating on a tight budget can find better choices.