Red Hat Collaborates with Code for America to Bring Further Cloud Enablement
to City Governments
Collaboration Brings Red Hat OpenShift Platform-as-a-Service to Local
Government Agencies Free-of-Charge
RALEIGH, N.C. -- March 21, 2013
Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source
solutions, today announced a collaboration with Code for America (CfA), a
non-profit organization that partners with local governments to foster civic
innovation, focused on using technology to increase civic engagement. The
collaboration brings Red Hat’s OpenShift Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering
to CfA Fellows and partner communities free-of-charge to help achieve CfA’s
goal of fostering collaboration between city hall and city residents and
innovative problem solving through technology. With OpenShift, CfA Fellows
will be able to build, test, deploy and manage applications with the benefits
of ease of use, flexibility and scalability for their applications.
The pairing of OpenShift’s rapid deployment capabilities with the innovative
applications built by CfA Fellows is a compelling mix for moving civic
technology capability forward. Rather than the municipal IT staff or Fellows
having to provision and maintain servers, the application developers can focus
on what they do best: writing code. Code for America matches Red Hat’s vision
of community-powered innovation, and open source technology gives civic groups
the opportunity to not only solve pain points for IT and developers, but also
improve service to end users.
The CfA Fellows will receive access to OpenShift free-of-charge for one year.
CfA’s 2013 partner cities – Kansas City (Missouri and Kansas); Las Vegas;
Louisville, Ken.; New York; Oakland, Calif.; San Francisco; San Mateo County,
Calif.; South Bend, Ind.; and Summit County, Ohio – will also receive an
option of one additional year of free hosting and services. In total, the
value of Red Hat’s contribution to CfA is worth approximately $300,000 in
hosting and service per year.
OpenShift offers developers a cloud application platform with a choice of
programming languages, frameworks and application lifecycle tools to build
their applications. With built-in platform support for Node.js, Ruby, Python,
PHP, Perl and Java and customizable cartridge functionality, developers can
also add additional languages that they choose to develop in. OpenShift also
supports many popular frameworks, such as Zend, Java EE, Spring, Rails, Play
Ashesh Badani, global leader, Cloud and OpenShift, Red Hat
“OpenShift offers an application platform in the cloud that manages the stack
so that developers can focus on their application code. As PaaS becomes an
increasingly important component in the adoption of cloud across industries
and geographies, it will become more crucial for government agencies to be
ahead of the curve. We are excited to be able to offer the great benefits of
our OpenShift PaaS to city governments through our work with Code for
Mick Thompson, engineer in residence, Code for America
“Cities are changing. Across the country, we are seeing local governments
begin to leverage the phenomenal advances in modern technology to be more
responsive and connected to their residents. Through this partnership with Red
Hat, the Code for America Fellows will be equipped to collaborate with our
cities and counties and do even more, creating sustainable, innovative civic
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About Code for America
Code for America partners with local governments to foster civic innovation.
Through its Fellowship program, Code for America provides an opportunity for
the web generation to give back by embedding developers and designers in city
governments to collaborate with municipal leaders. Through the Accelerator
program Code for America supports disruptive civic startups, and through the
Brigade program Code for America encourages civic participation by organizing
local groups of civic technologists to take action in their communities.
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