AppFog Looks To Promote PaaS-Based Private Clouds, Adds Redis and RabbitMQ Support

To promote private cloud adoption, public platform-as-a-service (PaaS) provider AppFog will license its PaaS technology for use in on-premise private clouds   Under AppFog’s Private Cloud Beta Program, the company will offer its PaaS technologies to users of OpenStack, CloudFoundry, Eucalyptus and other cloud options. 

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appfog_02To promote private cloud adoption, public platform-as-a-service (PaaS) provider AppFog will license its PaaS technology for use in on-premise private clouds   Under AppFog’s Private Cloud Beta Program, the company will offer its PaaS technologies to users of OpenStack, CloudFoundry, Eucalyptus and other cloud options. 

Even though enterprises IT departments continue to invest in IaaS (infrastructure-as-a-service) technologies, such as OpenStack, vCloud and CloudStack, they haven’t been able to get internal private cloud adoption because developers want PaaS technology.

“AppFog’s on-premise cloud brings our customers to the forefront of the next evolution in PaaS — one interface, one platform, one toolset to manage all clouds,” said Lucas Carlson, CEO of AppFog, in a statement.  “AppFog gives developers the tools they need in the environments that IT wants,” he added.

In specific, AppFog’s cloud-based PaaS automates the deployment, scaling and management of cloud applications, and supports 20,000 applications built by thousands of devs using a variety of languages, including PHP, Python, Ruby, Java, Node.js and Perl.

In an earlier interview with IDN, Carlson laid out the differences between IaaS and PaaS for enterprise clouds. “IaaS provides a way to get virtual machines to projects faster, but does not take full advantage of the resources provisioned. PaaS allows enterprises to manage app lifecycles across multiple projects and AppFog is building tools to make that easier, faster and more effective,” he told IDN.

AppFog’s latest edition also adds support for Redis and RabbitMQ to support web-scale apps. and to offer devs wide range of databases (relational and NoSQL) and message queue solutions as a service or third-party add-ons,

Redis is an open source, RAM-based key-value memory store. Redis is quickly becoming the standard for memory-based key-value stores, said Krishnan Subramanian, Founder and Principal Analyst at Rishidot Research, in the statement.

RabbitMQ is an open source enterprise message broker solution for robust and easy-to-use messaging for applications, according to company officials. The messaging queue software provides support for a variety of languages, platforms and third-party services.

“When we add services like RabbitMQ and Redis . . . we don’t just add support for them in one public cloud like most other PaaS providers, We have to run them in six public clouds and many private clouds of large enterprises, all at the same time,” Carlson added.

These latest add-ons join AppFog’s growing list of third party supporters, including Blitz.io, Iron.io, New Relic, MongoLab, MailGun, MongoHQ, among others.


To simplify dev access to such add-ons, AppFog created what Carlson called “a single sign on interface” between AppFog and partner technologies. “This way, as [partners] improve their services, AppFog customers can take full advantage of the new features instantly,” he added. The AppFog ecosystem is “all about helping developers deploy applications with velocity and grace,” he said.




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