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Comparing Leading Cloud-Native Application Platforms: Pivotal Cloud Foundry and Red Hat OpenShift

Published: 05 June 2017

ID: G00319528

Analyst(s): Richard Watson


Cloud-native application platform software aims to revolutionize software delivery. This assessment helps technical professionals responsible for application platforms evaluate differences between leaders in the container-runtime-based PaaS market.

Table Of Contents


  • Key Differences


  • Why Enterprises Are Buying Cloud-Native Platforms
    • What a "Cloud-Native Platform" Is
    • Are Pivotal Cloud Foundry and Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform Really Cloud-Native?
  • Assessment Criteria
  • Assessment Criteria: Planning the Architecture
    • Approach to Containers and Container Orchestration
    • Preferred Cloud-Native Application Model
    • .NET and Windows Support
    • Open-Source Model and Approach
    • Portability and Ecosystem Diversity
    • Multicloud and Hybrid Infrastructure Support
  • Assessment Criteria: Develop the Application
    • Built-In Application Platform Services and Add-On Marketplace
  • Assessment Criteria: Deploy and Manage the Application
    • Logging, Monitoring and Alerting
  • Assessment Criteria: Govern and Manage the Platform
    • Scaling, Resilience and Availability
    • Operating System Support for Platform Runtimes
    • Operating a Multitenant Platform
  • Assessment Criteria: Commercial Criteria
    • Vendor Viability
    • Price Model


  • Use a Multicloud and Hybrid Application Platform If Portability and Compliance Are Priorities
  • Platform Choice Is Not Your Biggest Challenge
  • Stop Building DIY PaaS
  • Delegate Open-Source Management to a Vendor
  • Plan to Self-Manage Cloud-Native Software Platforms in the Short Term to Medium Term Only

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