CloudFoundry vs. Red Hat OpenShift

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
CloudFoundry
Score 7.2 out of 10
N/A
CloudFoundry is a free, open source cloud computing platform supported by the non-profit CloudFoundry. It is not tied to any particular cloud service, but can be self-hosted or run on any cloud service preferred.N/A
Red Hat OpenShift
Score 8.7 out of 10
N/A
OpenShift is Red Hat's Cloud Computing Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering. OpenShift is an application platform in the cloud where application developers and teams can build, test, deploy, and run their applications.
$0.08
per hour
Pricing
CloudFoundryRed Hat OpenShift
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
CloudFoundryRed Hat OpenShift
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
YesYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
CloudFoundryRed Hat OpenShift
Top Pros
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Features
CloudFoundryRed Hat OpenShift
Platform-as-a-Service
Comparison of Platform-as-a-Service features of Product A and Product B
CloudFoundry
9.8
1 Ratings
19% above category average
Red Hat OpenShift
7.7
92 Ratings
6% below category average
Ease of building user interfaces10.01 Ratings7.576 Ratings
Scalability9.01 Ratings8.692 Ratings
Development environment creation10.01 Ratings8.084 Ratings
Development environment replication10.01 Ratings7.779 Ratings
Issue recovery10.01 Ratings7.981 Ratings
Upgrades and platform fixes10.01 Ratings8.385 Ratings
Platform management overhead00 Ratings6.784 Ratings
Workflow engine capability00 Ratings7.275 Ratings
Platform access control00 Ratings7.686 Ratings
Services-enabled integration00 Ratings7.678 Ratings
Issue monitoring and notification00 Ratings7.182 Ratings
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CloudFoundryRed Hat OpenShift
Small Businesses
AWS Lambda
AWS Lambda
Score 8.7 out of 10
AWS Lambda
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Score 8.7 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
IBM Cloud Private
IBM Cloud Private
Score 9.5 out of 10
IBM Cloud Private
IBM Cloud Private
Score 9.5 out of 10
Enterprises
IBM Cloud Private
IBM Cloud Private
Score 9.5 out of 10
IBM Cloud Private
IBM Cloud Private
Score 9.5 out of 10
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User Ratings
CloudFoundryRed Hat OpenShift
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(1 ratings)
8.6
(96 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
8.9
(9 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
8.4
(7 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
5.5
(1 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
7.7
(15 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
7.4
(8 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.6
(2 ratings)
Contract Terms and Pricing Model
-
(0 ratings)
7.4
(2 ratings)
Professional Services
-
(0 ratings)
7.3
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
CloudFoundryRed Hat OpenShift
Likelihood to Recommend
CloudFoundry
It's well suited if:
  • The organization has large number of applications that needs to be deployed frequently.
  • The organization is tied to the DevOps mindset.
  • The organization has programs in different languages.
  • The applications does not need EJB's support that servers like web logic provide.
It's less suited if:
  • The applications needs security configuration within the same CloudFoundry instance.
  • The organization, for whatever reason does not want developers to manage the instances.
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Red Hat
OpenShift is well suited - when an application needs to be deployed to multiple environments (public clouds, private data centers, hybrid environments, at the edge, or on factory floor environments), where the application needs to be running consistently, safely, securely, and in a performance manner. OpenShift shines when the application deployments need to be quick, be operated, and maintain speed and consistency (DevSecOps). OpenShift also performs very well in building cloud-native microservices architectures or modernizing legacy applications that require integrations. OpenShift may not work well when the applications are unsuitable for containerization or the skills are misaligned with cloud-native and microservices approaches.
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Pros
CloudFoundry
  • Support for Orgs and Spaces that allow for managing users and deployables within a large organization.
  • Easy deployment, deploying code is as simple as executing single line from CLI, thanks to build-packs.
  • Solid and rich CLI, that allows for various operations on the instance.
  • Isolated Virtual Machines called Droplets, that provide clean run time environment for the code. This used to be a problem with Weblogic and other application servers, where multiple applications are run on the same cluster and they share resources.
  • SSH capability for the droplet (isolated VM's are called droplets), that allows for real time viewing of the App code while the application is running.
  • Support for multiple languages, thanks to build-packs.
  • Support for horizontal scaling, scaling an instance horizontally is a breeze.
  • Support for configuring environment variable using the service bindings.
  • Supports memory and disk space limit allocation for individual applications.
  • Supports API's as well as workers (processes without endpoints)
  • Supports blue-green deployment with minimal down time
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Red Hat
  • It integrates well with popular cloud providers (CSPs) like AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Platform, adding flexibility and choice for cloud deployments. OpenShift provides centralized ingress control for managing how external traffic reaches applications running across multiple clusters and simplifies security management.
  • OpenShift's S2I capability builds container images directly from source code and eliminates the need for manual configuration to provide consistency across deployments. Developers can push code changes and deploy updates to production environments to reduce manual work and accelerate release cycles.
  • We take advantage of OpenShift's hybrid cloud capabilities. We run ML workloads on both on-prem infrastructure and public cloud platforms, depending on resource needs and cost considerations.
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Cons
CloudFoundry
  • Does not support stateful containers and that would be a nice to have.
  • Supports showing logs, but does not persist the logs anywhere. This makes relying on Cloud Foundry's logs very unreliable. The logs have to be persisted using other third party tools like Elk and Kibana.
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Red Hat
  • I find that, specifically, Secret Management is rather tricky, given the way the interface is designed.
  • I wish there were more documentation/built-in modules around the overall usage/use cases of Red Hat. If I were to start from the beginning, I would most likely spend a lot of time trying to learn how to use Red Hat effectively.
  • The monitoring functionality could be improved (timing of how it's displayed and details of what is actually happening). I find myself digging after the monitor triggers an alert vs seeing what the issue is at a glance.
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Likelihood to Renew
CloudFoundry
No answers on this topic
Red Hat
Leverage OpenShift Online constantly at both the free and paid tiers. While AWS is convenient, it often brings more administration than I want to deal with for a quick application (i.e. Drupal or Wordpress blog). OpenShift also simplifies the DNS registration and ability to share application environments with team members
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Usability
CloudFoundry
No answers on this topic
Red Hat
As I said before, the obserability is one of the weakest point of OpenShift and that has a lot to do with usability. The Kibana console is not fully integrated with OpenShift console and you have to switch from tab to tab to use it. Same with Prometheus, Jaeger and Grafan, it's a "simple" integration but if you want to do complex queries or dashboards you have to go to the specific console
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Performance
CloudFoundry
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Red Hat
OpenShift has a solid architecture based on conservative choice, so it works correctly, and its reliability is elevated. The performance of the application is good because workloads could scale like they could do in every other Kubernetes distro, well installed if it runs on sufficient hardware. In case of any issue Red Hat support could be reached to help the customer.
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Support Rating
CloudFoundry
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Red Hat
Their customer support team is good and quick to respond. On a couple of occassions, they have helped us in solving some issues which we were finding a tad difficult to comprehend. On a rare occasion, the response was a bit slow but maybe it was because of the festival season. Overall a good experience on this front.
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Alternatives Considered
CloudFoundry
While Docker shines in providing support for volumes and stateful instances, Cloud foundry shines in providing support for deploying stateless services. Heroku shines in integrating with Git and using commits to git as hooks to trigger deployments right from the command line. But it does not provide on-premise solution that Cloud foundry provides.
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Red Hat
Since it is Linux based all the servers are maintained upto date and the operating procedure is an added advantage fixing security issues and patches.and LinkedIn with all the web servers it may be related to Java and all other related to servers mainly linking with the web integrations and management.
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Contract Terms and Pricing Model
CloudFoundry
No answers on this topic
Red Hat
It's easy to understand what are being billed and what's included in each type of subscription. Same with the support (Std or Premium) you know exactly what to expect when you need to use it. The "core" unit approach on the subscription made really simple to scale and carry the workloads from one site to another.
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Return on Investment
CloudFoundry
  • Positive impact, since it simplifies the deployment time by a huge margin. Without cloud foundry, deploying a code needs coordination with infrastructure teams, while with cloud foundry, its a simple one line command. This reduces the deployment time from at least few hours to few minutes. Faster deployments promote faster dev cycle iterations.
  • Code maintenance such as upgrading a Node or Java version is as simple as updating the build-pack. Without cloud foundry, using web logic, the specific version only supports a specific version of Java. So updating the version involves upgrading the version of web logic that needs to involve few teams. So without cloud foundry, it takes at least few days, with cloud foundry, its a matter of few mins.
  • Overall, happier Developers and thats harder to quantify.
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Red Hat
  • It has helped us reduce headcount by 20% and combine various infra, support teams into SRE roles.
  • Faster time to market helped us reduce weekend work for developers by 50%.
  • Developers could deliver business goals as they didn't have to focus constantly on infra challenges.
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