Red Hat has launched an open source community to tie in with OpenShift, its platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering.
OpenShift Commons will allow customers of the software vendor and other parties interested in PaaS to collaborate on developing and supporting the product.
Ashesh Badani, VP and GM of OpenShift at Red Hat, said: "The OpenShift user and partner ecosystems are incredibly vibrant, as are the open source technology communities that serve as the foundation for OpenShift and the rest of Red Hat’s product line.
"What we heard from customers, partners, and these communities is that they wanted a truly open community where all of these groups can intersect and help drive the future of PaaS innovation, and Red Hat is proud to facilitate development of a community to foster this broad industry collaboration."
As part of the scheme users will have access to special interest groups on issues such as innovation, containers and OpenShift 3, and also be able to view online briefings on topics such as DevOps, PaaS and big data.
"OpenShift already provides robust choices for developers exploring enterprise and community PaaS," said Larry Carvalho, PaaS research manager at IDC.
"OpenShift Commons is a distinctive way of building a strong and open network of users, partners and open source community members that will help Red Hat add to OpenShift’s maturity and drive future PaaS innovation while supporting customer adoption."