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PaaS News Summary: November 2013

Volha Kurylionak

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Here is an overview of the most significant news from the PaaS ecosystem for November 2013.

Highlights:

  1. Pivotal Released the Pivotal One PaaS Based on Cloud Foundry
  2. Canonical to Launch an Integrated OpenStack-hosted PaaS
  3. Verizon to Integrate Cloud Foundry PaaS with Verizon Cloud
  4. Red Hat Halves the Prices for OpenShift Online’s Gears
  5. Amazon Launches Virtual Desktops and Adds Postgre Support to RDS
  6. Heroku1 Enables Salesforce.com-to-Heroku Synchronization
  7. Windows Azure: Three New Services Are Generally Available Now
  8. Google’s App Engine 1.8.8 Includes Dedicated Memcache

1. Pivotal Released the Pivotal One PaaS Based on Cloud Foundry

Pivotal announced the release of Pivotal One, a platform that includes two offerings, Pivotal CF, the commercial enterprise distribution of Cloud Foundry, and Pivotal One, a collection of services that can run on Pivotal CF.  To learn what this means for the PaaS market, read the blog post by Renat Khasanshyn, CEO of Altoros.

2. Canonical to Launch an Integrated OpenStack-hosted PaaS

Canonical is going to provide an integrated OpenStack-hosted PaaS with the next major release of Ubuntu. The platform will be based on Cloud Foundry—see more for details.

3. Verizon to Integrate Cloud Foundry PaaS with Verizon Cloud

On Nov 12, Verizon announced that they will integrate Cloud Foundry PaaS with their Verizon Cloud. In addition, the company is joining the Cloud Foundry Community Advisory Board (CAB). Together with IBM, Intel, Pivotal, and other companies, they will work on accelerating Cloud Foundry adoption.

4. Red Hat Halves the Prices for OpenShift Online’s Gears

This November, Red Hat cut hourly prices for OpenShift Online’s gears (resource containers). Depending on the specs, gears now cost 50% less: from $0.02 to $0.10 per hour.

5. Amazon Launches Virtual Desktops and Adds Postgre Support to RDS

At the AWS re:Invent conference, Amazon announced a new service: Amazon Workspaces (a virtual desktop infrastructure). The company also added a support for PostgreSQL as part of Amazon RDS.

6. Heroku1 Enables Salesforce.com-to-Heroku Synchronization

Although Salesforce.com acquired Heroku—a cloud service for building and deploying applications—back in 2010, there was little integration between them. This changed with the announcement of Heroku1 at the annual Dreamforce conference. Using the new tool, Heroku-based systems now need less effort to sync business data with Salesforce.com applications.

7. Windows Azure: Three New Services Are Generally Available Now

Microsoft announced general availability of three offerings: Windows Azure Biz Talk Services (a cloud-based integration service), Windows Azure Active Directory (an identity access management service), and Windows Azure Traffic Manager (a load balancing service for highly available applications).

8. Google’s App Engine 1.8.8 Includes Dedicated Memcache

Google released App Engine 1.8.8, announcing general availability of dedicated memcache. The new feature makes it possible to scale caching capacity without having to manage multiple memcached VMs.

Follow further PaaS updates on our  blog or @altoros.

Authors: Olga Kurylionak, Communications Manager at Altoros, and Alex Khizhnyak, Director of Communications. Special thanks to Alexander Sologub, our R&D Engineer, for assistance.

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