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Red Hat launches OpenShift.io

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OpenShift.io.
OpenShift.io.

US-based open source software solutions company Red Hat has unveiled an end-to-end cloud-native development environment called Red Hat OpenShift.io.

The free online software allows developers to create container-based applications. It was designed for development teams to effectively collaborate wherever they are in the world.

It can be used without the need for any software to be installed locally and applications are built into Linux containers by default.

This was announced at the Red Hat Summit, taking place this week in Boston in the US.

"Enterprises compete through software innovations, so rapidly building and scaling applications is critical. OpenShift.io enables digital transformation with an end-to-end application development environment, requiring no installation and addressing all development phases," says Red Hat.

According to research firm IDC, enterprises pursuing digital transformation will double their software development capabilities by 2018. This rapid expansion requires that distributed development teams produce higher quality applications faster, explains Red Hat.

"New languages, developer services and modern application packaging techniques that optimise for cloud native deployment all bring a unique value to developers by maximising performance and enabling deployment to a variety of infrastructure choices," says IDC group VP for software development and open source, Al Gillen.

"Further, increased abstraction that languages and other development environments are enjoying are creating new levels of workload portability that assist in reducing application delivery cycle time."

Openshift.io combines the innovations from several open source projects, including fabric8, Jenkins and Eclipse Che. It features tools for team collaboration, agile planning, developer workspace management, application coding and testing, runtime stack analysis, and continuous integration and delivery.

The program has real-time stack analysis that helps development teams to better detect critical vulnerabilities and uncommon usage patterns. OpenShift.io will be able to scan code, using artificial intelligence, identify unsafe packages and recommend better ones to use - similar to how words that are spelt wrong are underlined in Word documents.

All the recommendations are based on industry best practices.

OpenShift.io will be available in limited developer preview. Users are able to sign up here.

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