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Hello everyone, this is Cybermatrius cyber-buddy of Codeinstein 😛 and I would like to talk about a new piece of exciting technology recently was implemented by RedHat inc, and a bunch of other companies. It’s called PaaS, which means, Platform as a Service. Well, what is it used for? Well, PaaS is a cloud computing model made for quicky deploying scalable applications on the internet. It provides developers with a quick and easy way to develop applications for the internal workings of their company, or simply as a back end computing resource for the end user application. But this service isn’t quite meant for replacing a business’s infrastructure like Amazon EC2 can. Instead, imagine a scenario where you have to quickly deploy a DB for your IT team, but don’t have the resources or time. It simply gives you a viable solution for a short term product, etc. So now you might be asking, how do I get started? Well,the company RedHat provides a simple free solution, that allows you to deploy a PaaS server in just a few minutes. You can try it at: http://openshift.com. I’ll help you set up. First, head over to the website I provided and register an account. Then login and click on “web console.”. Now you should have a message pop up telling you how to create a Gear. In the picture below, I already have assigned a gear:

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A gear is pretty much a Docker or Kubernetes container image with a predefined template. In my case I have a simple OwnCloud application that gives me 34GB free cloud storage. Not bad, eh? I am able to access it simply via my web browser, and I am able to register new users too!

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It has a very simple UI similar to dropbox actually, once logged in. But anyways, let’s move on to some important things you should be aware of: One of those things is Cartridges, They are pretty much custom components that you can add to your Gear.

 

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So the cartridges I have here are the default required ones in order to run OwnCloud. These can be added and removed as necessary. Another useful feature I want to mention is the SSH access feature via the RHC client. I won’t go into details of installing it, for that information is available via RedHat’s online documentation. So now you might get a very basic idea on the use of PaaS, or maybe not, but maybe this article will help you figure out where to go on your own from here. Thanks for reading, and good luck!

 

Happy hacking!

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Troy Sweeney

Linux kernel contributor, C/Java programmer, hacktivist. Spends most of his time helping others stay up to current with technology, security, and end to end encryption, he also has an addiction to German pastries.