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PaaS News Summary: September 2013

Alena Vasilenko

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Here is a brief overview of the main Platform-as-a-Service news for September 2013.

Highlights:

  1. 450+ PaaS experts at Platform, the largest Cloud Foundry conference
  2. Red Hat to add middleware-as-a-service to its OpenShift Online PaaS
  3. Red Hat and dotCloud will enhance OpenShift with Docker capabilities
  4. Jelastic delivered an iOS app for managing their PaaS
  5. Engine Yard gets Java support and can now run on Oracle Public Cloud
  6. CloudBees enables hosting OS X and iOS builds, as well as integrates on-premises and cloud applications
  7. Oracle-as-a-Service announcements: Oracle DBaaS, Java-aaS, and IaaS
  8. NephoScale became a PaaS provider by utilizing Cloud Foundry
  9. cloudControl introduced Enterprise and White Label PaaS
  10. PostgreSQL 9.3 is available on the Heroku Postgres DBaaS
  11. ActiveState released the CPBM connector for Stackato

1. 450+ PaaS experts at Platform, the largest Cloud Foundry conference

Platform: The Cloud Foundry Conference took place on September 8-9 in Santa Clara, CA. James Watters, Head of Product for Cloud Foundry at Pivotal, called PlatformCF “the largest event in the history of PaaS and the most important event since Google App Engine.” Read the top 20 quotes by the conference’s speakers and attendees.

2. Red Hat to add middleware-as-a-service to its OpenShift Online PaaS

Red Hat announced its plans to integrate JBoss Middleware with OpenShift Online, Red Hat’s PaaS. Within the coming months, the new functionality will be added, including integration capabilities (iPaaS), business process management (bpmPaaS), and mobile push notifications. iPaaS will expand on pre-cloud integration, including cloud-based configuration, brokers, and services. bpmPaaS will include process modeling, business activity monitoring, process simulation, and the ability to dynamically configure automation and data w/o coding.

3. Red Hat and dotCloud will enhance OpenShift with Docker capabilities

Red Hat also partnered with dotCloud, the company that develops the Docker container runtime for deploying apps virtually anywhere. The two will collaborate on Linux containers that would make the environment for applications simpler, more secure, lightweight, and portable. Through the partnership, the companies will work together on packaging Docker for the Fedora Project, removing file system dependencies, container provisioning, integrating Docker with OpenShift’s cartridge model, etc.

4. Jelastic delivered an iOS app for managing their PaaS

Jelastic launched a mobile app that enables users to monitor Jelastic environments and carry out major infrastructure management tasks remotely. It will enable Java and PHP developers to monitor the current status and resource consumption for each Jelastic environment, stop or re-activate any Java/PHP cloud environment in order to decrease resource consumption, track billing history, etc.

5. Engine Yard gets Java support and can now run on Oracle Public Cloud

For several months, Engine Yard has been working on adding Java to the list of languages supported by its platform (along with Ruby, PHP, and Node.js). In addition to Amazon AWS, Windows Azure, and Terremark, the new solution can be also deployed on Oracle Public Cloud, giving users the better choice of infrastructure options.

6. CloudBees enables hosting OS X and iOS builds, as well as integrates on-premises and cloud applications

In addition to Android capabilities, CloudBees introduced full support for hosted OS X and iOS builds. The company also added three enhancements to its CloudBees platform: “VPN to Jenkins” that would connect local resources via VPN with solutions hosted in the cloud; Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) support; and WEAVE@cloud App-Centric Integration that would serve for synchronizing on-premises and cloud applications.

7. Oracle-as-a-Service announcements: Oracle DBaaS, Java-aaS, and IaaS

At Oracle OpenWorld 2013 in San Francisco, Oracle announced its roadmap for the company’s cloud initiatives. Its new PaaS services will include Oracle Database-as-a-Service, Java-as-a-Service (WebLogic-as-a-Service), and Oracle Infrastructure-as-a-Service (Elastic Compute and Elastic Storage). With these enhancements to Oracle Сloud, the company aims to conquer the PaaS/IaaS market.
Red Hat to add middleware-as-a-service to its OpenShift Online PaaS

8. NephoScale became a PaaS provider by utilizing Cloud Foundry

In September, a new vendor joined the PaaS market. NephoScale, a San Jose-based IaaS provider, announced beta availability of CloudPaaS, a service based on Cloud Foundry 2.0. The platform provides developers with an automated environment and a set of tools/frameworks for quick creation, testing, and deployment of applications in the cloud. Altoros was proud to assist NephoScale in extending the company’s IaaS offerings with CloudPaaS.

9. cloudControl introduced Enterprise and White Label PaaS

The company’s two new PaaS offerings: Enterprise PaaS and White Label PaaS. The first solution would enable enterprises to install cloudControl’s PaaS in their own data centers and use both local and cloud resources. The second system will be offered to IaaS providers that do not have sufficient experience or resources to implement a PaaS layer atop of their infrastructure.

10. PostgreSQL 9.3 is available on the Heroku Postgres DBaaS

Heroku announced public beta availability of PostgreSQL 9.3 on Heroku Postgres, the company’s database-as-a-service. The new version comes with full JavaScript support, a built-in Postgres FDW extension, a materialized views (pre-computed queries), and many other improvements and fixes.

11. ActiveState released the CPBM connector for Stackato

ActiveState partnered with Citrix to deliver a connector between Citrix’s CloudPortal Business Manager (CPBM) and Stackato, a PaaS from ActiveState. The connector will enable CPBM users to provision and manage Stackato instances from the familiar Citrix interface.

Great things are happening. Follow further PaaS updates on our blog or @altoros.

Authors: Alena Vasilenko, Communications Manager at Altoros, and Alex Khizhnyak, Director of PR at Altoros.

1 Comment
  • rickybroad

    Such a nice and informative blog you have shared with us, Thanks for sharing.
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