Cloud computing already has plenty of acronyms — IaaS, SaaS, PaaS, etc. — but Red Hat has announced a new xPaaS initiative that could introduce plenty more. "We are beginning to see a variety of different types of PaaSes and xPaaS is just one way to describe the many different types of PaaSes one could have," explained Red Hat's Craig Muzilla.
The company sees a need for application platform-as-a-service (aPaaS), integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS), business process management-as-a-service (bpmPaaS) and many others. To that end, the company is rolling out pre-configured versions of its OpenShift PaaS that are integrated with JBoss middleware for various purposes. "What we are announcing here is that we are preconfiguring and purpose-building the services in OpenShift that can accomplish all of these various xPaaS services—all from within the JBoss product line and community," Muzilla said.