Red Hat this week announced its OpenShift Commons effort, which looks beyond just core technology in a bid to create a new community around Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS).
Ashesh Badani, vice president and general manager of OpenShift at Red Hat, told ServerWatch that the key idea behind OpenShift Commons is to enable open and transparent discussion.
Red Hat's OpenShift platform is already available in three deployment models, including OpenShift Online, OpenShift Enterprise and the OpenShift Origin open-source project. Participants in the OpenShift Commons include Accenture, Cisco, Cloudera, Hortonworks, CA and Orange among others.
Badani explained that the reason why Red Hat is opening up a new community rather than just enabling the discussion in the Origin project, for example, is to enable broader participation. Badani noted that he didn't want people to think that they needed to contribute code or bugs in order to participate.
"Origin is about code contributions and this new community is about sharing ideas and best practices," Badani said. "This is not about getting code into upstream."
Additionally, for existing OpenStack Enterprise customers (as an example), Red Hat already offers support since they are paying customers. With OpenShift Commons, participation from a broader audience is part of the operational plan.
"We don't want this to be a Red Hat-only driven community," Badani said.
Special Interest Groups Briefings Part of OpenShift Commons
As part of OpenShift Commons, there will be Special Interest Groups (SIGs) briefings led by community members and mailing lists on topics of interest.
"We will start off with the briefings being a combination of web briefings and conference calls," Badani said.
The move toward agile development practices and the DevOps model that PaaS enables is one that can be challenging for many types of organizations. At the outset, Badani said that no professional services types of conversion are being built into the OpenShift portal.
"My guess is that no one will overtly be trying to convert anybody," Badani said. "But the way you want to engage with customers today is to be able to share knowledge, and if that leads to some business along the way, that's better for all parties concerned."