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


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

Published: 17 January 2019

ID: G00370391

Analyst(s): Traverse Clayton Richard Watson

Table Of Contents


  • What’s Changed in RHOCP Since June 2017?
  • What’s Changed in PCF Since June 2017?
  • 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, and Do They Support Serverless?
  • 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 Midterm Only; Go Fully Managed Over the Long Term

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