At its Red Hat Summit and JBoss World 2012 events, Red Hat announced how it plans to make money from its OpenShift platform as a service (PaaS). Beginning later this year, the company will offer two tiers of the cloud computing service that will come with enterprise support: FreeShift and MegaShift. FreeShift offers three gears for free, and developers currently using OpenShift will be able to migrate to FreeShift at no charge. MegaShift will offer up to 16 gears with more storage space per gear for $42 per month, plus additional fees for additional gears.
“Over the past year since we debuted OpenShift, we’ve seen the power of an open, flexible PaaS for developers,” said Red Hat CTO Brian Stevens. “We’ve made major progress over this year with the addition of new programming languages, the release of the open source project OpenShift Origin and plans for our enterprise PaaS offering. Building on this strong momentum, introducing our model and plans for OpenShift with enterprise-grade support from Red Hat today is a huge step forward for Red Hat and developers who are looking to take an open hybrid approach to the cloud.”