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CloudBees Brings Java-focused Platform-as-a-Service Support To Private Clouds

June 10, 2011
Network Computing
by Frank Ohlhorst

CloudBees, a Java-focused Platform-as-a-Service company, is now offering a version of its RUN@cloud PaaS offering specifically for those looking to build their own internal, private clouds. Closely related to the company’s new paid “Premium” version of its RUN@cloud PaaS offering, CloudBees is aiming to gain a foothold in both the private and public cloud markets.

The premium version of RUN@cloud offers features not found in the company’s free version of the same name. The new, paid version provides a number of benefits over the free version, including access to more computing resources, flexibility in auto-scaling and clustering, and advanced security capabilities. The same features are expected to be in the RUN@cloud Private Edition, which is currently in beta testing. The company is actively seeking beta testers at this time.

Although only emerging in November, CloudBees has been very active in the world of Java driven Platforms as a Service (PaaS) solutions. The company has recently acquired competitors, such as Stax Networks and is led by Sacha Labourey, the former CTO of JBoss Inc. Many other JBoss veterans are also part of the management team.

The free version of RUN@cloud has been available since January 2011, with CloudBees claiming support for more than 4,000 applications deployed since launch. New features found in the Premium model of RUN@cloud include:
# Application elasticity driven by metrics (CPU load, number of requests, etc.)
# Auto-scaling, which ties fees to demand, reducing costs.
# Load-balancing, Clustering, failover and session resiliency, which keeps existing sessions up and running during failures, upgrades, etc.
# CNAME aliasing and SSL support – adds HTTPS security and domain name control to improve applications visibility and security.

CloudBees has established a lead in the Java PaaS market and competitors, such as Red Hat’s OpenShift and CumuLogic, have not produced shipping versions yet. Currently, the primary competition comes from non-java PaaS solutions, such as Microsoft Windows Azure and Engine Yard for Ruby.

Sacha Labourey, founder and CEO of CloudBees said “The advanced clustering and auto-scaling features found in CloudBees’ new pay-as-you go RUN@cloud service allow developers to deploy mission critical Java applications into the cloud with more ease and confidence than ever before. CloudBees is the first to offer a commercial for-pay PaaS that covers the entire dev-to-run application lifecycle with advanced clustering features. Most other PaaS offerings are only in the alpha stage.”

However, being first is not always a guarantee for success, CloudBees is a new comer in the market and is offering PaaS enablement for Java applications, making it somewhat unique, the question becomes will those already entrenched with Azure and Ruby consider the move to a Java based PaaS.

Nevertheless, CloudBees promise of a private cloud version of Run@Cloud may be all the company needs to get noticed and taken seriously, by bringing Java support to internal, private clouds, hordes of application developers may be tempted to make the move to cloud based applications.

CloudBees Brings Java-focused Platform-as-a-Service Support To Private Clouds

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