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The free version of Jaspersoft’s analytics software will be offered as part of Red Hat’s OpenShift Platform-as-a-Service. As Red Hat, Microsoft, Heroku, and Cloud Foundry PaaSes compete, watch for them to add more services and capabilities just as they’ve raced to add language support.

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The free version of Jaspersoft’s analytics will be offered as part of Red Hat’s evolving OpenShift Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS).

As Red Hat, Microsoft, Salesforce.com’s Heroku, and VMware’s Cloud Foundry PaaS products compete, they’ll add more services and capabilities to the mix just as they’ve raced to add support for all the major programming languages. Jaspersoft will bring an important piece of the puzzle — business intelligence — to OpenShift. Since the deal isn’t exclusive, look for Jaspersoft to add other PaaS products over time — and for OpenShift to shop around as well.

There’s a lot of potential upside here for these analytics vendors. New Gartner research  says by the end of 2013, just 3 percent of business intelligence (BI) revenue will come from cloud-based offerings, although nearly every analytics vendor has one.  Adoption just isn’t there yet, and deals like this could help in that regard.

Developers wanting to build BI into their applications can try out the free community edition of Jaspersoft on OpenShift and move up to the higher end professional or enterprise versions as their needs dictate, said Karl Van den Bergh, VP of product and alliances for Jaspersoft.

The endgame for Jaspersoft — and its rivals — is to get their services in front of as many developers as possible. OpenShift, which targets Java and PHP developers in particular but supports other languages as well, will help do that. “There is no barrier to entry. It’s free for developers that want to build BI into their applications to get started,” he said.

Jaspersoft does not offer a hosted BI PaaS on its own, although it does have JaspersoftLive, a hosted version of its software, on its web site for developers to try out, but not buy, Van den Bergh said.

It’s still early in the PaaS race — OpenShift and CloudFoundry for example, are still in beta — but as the companies that back these efforts seek credibility among developers watch for more services and applications to be added to their platforms in what looks to be the next arms race in cloud services.

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