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Microsoft and Apprenda tighten up their PaaS pact

Microsoft’s cloud cred is definitely on its way up. A viable ‘hybrid’ .NET PaaS does make a difference.

Now Apprenda and Microsoft have tightened their ties. While they were partners before, they now offer a joint solution so that a customer who licenses Apprenda will automatically get Azure cloud access at no additional cost. That means they can deploy a full hybrid PaaS that bridges their own data center and Azure on day one, said Jesse Kliza, senior director of marketing for Troy, N.Y.-based Apprenda.

JPMorgan taps Apprenda platform-as-a-service for application portfolio

Apprenda’s private platform has been deployed at production sites around the world and across growing server clusters already totaling several terabytes of memory. More than 430 development teams at the bank are using it for 2000 .NET and Java applications, which are now running live.

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Cloud Foundry faces fear of forking

#SuryaRay #Surya The rumblings have been around for weeks but now they’re breaking the surface: Cloud Foundry, the open source platform-as-a-service framework faces a bit of an insurrection. Several vendors, such as AppFog, ActiveState, Tier 3, Uhuru, etc. — have built PaaSes atop the framework and some have quietly been mulling forking the Cloud Foundry code, citing lack of clarity about the project’s future.

The attraction of the multi-vendor Cloud Foundry effort is that, in theory, it would provide customers an array of compatible PaaSes from different vendors. If they don’t like their experience with one, they can move their code elsewhere. But now the prospect of a “fork” looms with some other vendors thinking of splitting off and doing their own iterations. Worst case scenario: that could negate any promise of compatibility. And that raises the old bugaboo of vendor lock-in which even PaaS providers say has restricted business demand for PaaSes.

Some background: late last year, VMware turned over the Cloud Foundry effort and related projects to the Pivotal Initiative spinoff. Since then some of the third-party Cloud Foundry crowd have complained that they have not gotten information  they need from Pivotal. And, they worry that Pivotal or VMware will push its own commercial, competitive version of Cloud Foundry. And so they privately discussed forking the Cloud Foundry code. Any fork or forks raises the specter of a fractured standard.

Sinclair Schuller, CEO of Apprenda, a non-Cloud Foundry PaaS, raised a ruckus last week when he posted his take on the impact of any fork or forks on Cloud Foundry. (Long story short: it will be bad for customers, Schuller wrote.) That caused a kerfuffle which Redmonk analyst Stephen O’Grady addressed in _his_  blog post. O’Grady tried to downplay the negative impact of forks, writing:

“We reject the notion that forking is an undesirable outcome. Forking is, to the contrary, provably beneficial to modern open source projects – at least from a developmental perspective.”

But O’Grady also conceded that, because Cloud Foundry is not licensed under the General Public License (GPL) — as Linux was — it faces different issues;

“Compatibility, ultimately, is the key to determining whether the forks which are so beneficial to development are a problem for customers. Java, for example, had multiple distinct implementations, which ensured competition and thus continued innovation to benefit customers.”

In his own blog post, cloud pundit Ben Kepes cites “tensions in the Cloud Foundry world, ” and maintains the possibility of a fork should concern customers.

“Quite simply a fork, or even worse multiple forks, too early in a project is a sign of bad governance and questions the validity of the entire initiative. Let me reiterate – these are very early days and any doubt that factions in the community sow in end users minds are wildly damaging to the community. This is especially the case since, from what I’m hearing, some of the conversation around forking is happening for all the wrong reasons – it comes down to vendors making the right decisions for the right reasons.”

I’ve asked Cloud Foundry and some of the third-party PaaS providers for comment and will update this when they get back to me.

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Apprenda Updates Software for Private PaaS

Nov 15, 2011 2:30 pm

By Nancy Gohring, IDG News

Apprenda, the developer of software for creating private platform-as-a-service clouds, is adding features that offer users better control over applications running on the platform. Businesses that use Apprenda install the software, which supports .Net applications, in their own data centers. With the software in place, developers in a business log into the PaaS via a Web-based console and use it just like they might use Microsoft’s own Azure PaaS. By running an internal PaaS, businesses can dramatically speed up the time to launch new applications while complying with security and legal restrictions, Apprenda said.


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Single-language no more: Apprenda adds Java to its .NET-centric platform

#SuryaRay #Surya Apprenda is a bit of anomaly. It’s a tech company based not in Silicon Valley or Redmond or Cambridge but outside Albany, N.Y. While rivals tout the appeal of public Platform as a Service (PaaS),  Apprenda holds that private PaaS is the way to go — at least if you want paying customers. And, it eschewed the multi-language goal of many rivals to focus on .NET applications only. Until now that is.

Apprenda CEO Sinclair Schuller

As of now, Apprenda will also support Java, says CEO Sinclair Schuller. It’s not really a huge surprise, even though Schuller was a vocal proponent of single-langauge PaaSes . Last May, he told GigaOM if he were forced to choose a second language to support, Java would be it.

Well the time has come. “Our thesis has been we want to be the enterprise PaaS and for that we’ll tackle the two languages that make up 80 percent of the [corporate] application portfolio,” Schuller said in a recent interview. “Some companies are 60 percent/40 percent Java, some 60 percent/40 percent .NET but Java and .Net are always in there.”

Apprenda counts Honeywell and Diebold as reference customers and now adds JP MorganChase to the list. The country’s largest bank has decided to develop, deploy and maintain all its custom .NET and Java applications on Apprenda. At a time when many of the multi-language public PaaSes have a hard time naming real customers, this is something of a coup.

These customers use Apprenda for applications for handling  patient relationship management, oncology treatment, mortgage management, inventory management and predictive analytics for retail and other verticals, Schuller said.


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Apprenda seeks to make private PaaS more practical

#SuryaRay #Surya Many corporate developers have tried a platform as a service — Heroku, Engine Yard, Cloud Foundry — to develop and test applications. But when it comes time to deploy those applications, it’s hard to get their companies to approve running those applications on PaaSes that themselves run atop Amazon Web Services or other public cloud infrastructure.

One reason for that reluctance is that IT pros are acutely aware that outages at Amazon have impacted Heroku and other PaaS providers and are loath to trust their applications to public infrastructure. But nonehteless, developers have whet their appetite working on these public platforms and now want to keep working in that manner but in a way that is palatable to their bosses, says Sinclair Schuller, CEO of Apprenda, the maker of  a .Net-specific PaaS>

To help developers make that jump, the Clifton Park, NY-based vendor now offers a new free public PaaS instance called they can experiment with and then bring in-house to run on IT-approved infrastructure.

Apprenda had offered a downloadable version of is PaaS but feedback was that developers wanted an online instance they can use in the public cloud then just pull in-house, overcoming IT objection, Schuller said.

Some companies are interested in bringing PaaSes in-house because they would like to field a single platform to build and run both internal and customer-facing applications. @suryaray