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PaaS Secret Shopper 2 – The Application Lifecycle

CloudComputingA couple of years ago we did two “secret shopper” posts about our fairly good experience using Red Hat OpenShift  and our fairly dismal experience using CloudFoundry – then a VMware technology. CloudFoundry is now in the portfolio of a new company known as Pivotal, which has just launched a Version 2 of CloudFoundry.com. Red Hat has just launched a new version of OpenShift with private PaaS support, and we are re-visiting both offerings with a view to understanding how to adopt them, using an application we are developing for various other purposes. Continue reading PaaS Secret Shopper 2 – The Application Lifecycle

Uhuru – How CloudFoundry learned to stop worrying and love .NET

CloudComputingAt this point in the evolution of PaaS, we are starting to see an enormous diversity of innovation around CloudFoundry, as multiple vendors come to market with differentiated PaaS offerings. Uhuru Software, based in Seattle, is entering its second Beta phase with the Uhuru PaaS, with a major focus on .NET support. Continue reading Uhuru – How CloudFoundry learned to stop worrying and love .NET

3rd-Party Application Services – a sign of PaaS maturity

CloudComputingAs mentioned in a number of posts, there is a clear trend away from Platform-specific PaaS (where you write your application to the platform) and Language-Specific PaaS (which provide support to one or possibly a couple of  languages) to Universal PaaS, which is capable of supporting any language and any platform.  There’s a little bit of a gray area, but we would include ActiveState  Stackato,  AppFog, dotCloud, GigaSpaces  Cloudify, Red Hat  OpenShift, Salesforce Heroku, Uhuru Software AppCloud and VMware CloudFoundry in this category. These vendors differentiate themselves by providing a broad range of Application Services or Application Lifecycle Services. Continue reading 3rd-Party Application Services – a sign of PaaS maturity

VMware should merge CloudFoundry with OpenStack

Agile Cloud DevelopmentWe suggest that to ensure CloudFoundry’s dominance, VMware should merge the dominant Open Source IaaS and PaaS initiatives into a single Foundation.

The PaaS market had a major false start in the period 2009 to 2012. The first PaaS vendors came to market with one of two premises

  • “we’ve got a really great platform you can use it if you want to”.  Good examples are Force.com (A PaaS derived from an IaaS – salesforce.com), Google App Engine and the original version of Azure
  •  “it’s a great place to run applications in a particular language” – good examples are Heroku (ruby) and PhpFog (PhP)

Since 2011 a second-generation of PaaS infrastructure has emerged which is exemplified by VMware’s CloudFoundry and Red Hat’s OpenShift. The biggest change between first and second generation PaaS is in the mindset. Instead of the first “P” in Platform as a service referring to “a Platform” it now refers to “any Platform”. In other words the job of the PaaS is to support any application in any language and deliver any set of services that any application might reasonably require. Whilst the first-generation PaaS was generally monolithic, the second-generation PaaS is usually capable of being implemented on a broad range of IaaS and/or virtual infrastructure, and the key factor is openness and diversity. Thus  CloudFoundry can be implemented on OpenStack. Continue reading VMware should merge CloudFoundry with OpenStack

AppFog – Polyglot Public/Private PaaS goes GA

CloudComputingAppFog (the company formerly known as PhpFog) has become the latest enthusiastic adopter of CloudFoundry to go to General Availability with a value-added implementation of the open source CloudFoundry.org stack.  The key differentiator is the RAM-based pricing policy around the Public Cloud offering – roughly $25 per GByte per month (first 2Gbytes are Free).

Continue reading AppFog – Polyglot Public/Private PaaS goes GA

Private PaaS Update – Stackato 2.0 and Cumulogic 1.0

CloudComputingActiveState Stackato and CumuLogic are private PaaS.  Over the last few weeks Stackato has moved to a 2.0 version and CumuLogic has moved out of Beta to a 1.0 release.  CumuLogic 1.0 is a Java-only PaaS with support for Amazon, HP Cloud Services, and private clouds including Citrix CloudStack, Eucalyptus, OpenStack and VMware vSphere.   Stackato has a similar range of public and privae IaaS on which it operates (vSphere, KVM, XenServer, OpenStack, EC2 AMI, HP CS) but it has a much  broader set of language compatibilities  including .NET.ther new features in Version 2.0 are a centralized web-based management console and some support for charge-back (i.e. billing) through API.  Performace management is through integration with New Relic. There is  additional security support in multi-tenancy by using Linux Containers (LXC). Continue reading Private PaaS Update – Stackato 2.0 and Cumulogic 1.0