Sunday, June 9, 2013

Moving to OpenShift

I was looking for a good solution to host some small wordpress blogs for bsdstammtisch.at but it was a bit tricky because I had some special requirements.
Since the blogs are currently wordpress based with some custom plugins and themes and it's own domain that needed to stay the same. In addition to that I also want to be able to modify and fix the code myself because it's great for flexibility.
Thanks to a friend I stumbled across openshift.com which is a SaaS solution from RedHat and very developer friendly. Many standard applications like wordpress, owncloud and drupal are available immediately and custom applications based on php, java, ruby, python, perl and node.js can also be setup. The customizations are deployed via a git repository that you push your code to so it's pretty easy to use.
The first 3 applications are for free and you have 1GB diskspace and 512MB RAM per app which should be enough for small stuff.
The service itself is comparable to Google AppEngine but OpenShift is based on standard technology including well known relational databases and support for all big scripting languages while AppEngine uses a special SDK and lots of non standard APIs and datastores. Google also tries to widen it's support and has a closed beta for PHP and MySQL but it's not available for regular use yet so it will take them some time to get there.

So far I am very pleased with the flexibility and the free plan of openshift. We'll see if the stability and quality of their service can keep up with that.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Bernhard,

    How are you finding Openshift? Have you tried our platform, http://jelastic.com?

    It would be great if you tried Jelastic and perhaps wrote up a comparison or review :)

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