Cloud Foundry faces fear of forking

Forking of open-source projects can be good or bad. Developers love freedom of choice but big customers fear lack of compatilbility. In either case the prospect of a Cloud Foundry fork is worth examining.

What happens if your PaaS passes?

If you build your company’s software on an external platform as a service, what happens when that platform disappears? PHPFog users are finding out. Here’s a cautionary tale.

PaaS not cheap enough? AppFog has a deal for you!

How low can PaaS pricing go? AppFog says it’s cutting the price of the paid version of its polyglot, multi-cloud PaaS in half for developers. That’s great for developers, but will it boost corporate adoption?

What next for Cloud Foundry?

VMware aggressively recruited partners to base platforms on its open-source Cloud Foundry stack. Now as it preps the Pivotal Initiative spinoff, those partners worry about more intense competition with the Cloud Foundry mothership.

New Cloud Foundry app validates cloud portability

One hurdle to corporate adoption of PaaSes is customer concern about being locked into one vendor’s platform. A new Cloud Foundry app will let them, in real time, see which of several Cloud Foundry PaaSes will run their workloads.

Salesforce pushes Heroku into big biz with full Java stack support

Heroku is morphing from what was a Ruby-focused PaaS for web developers to a fully Java-supportive PaaS for big business. At least that’s what Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff hopes as he integrates Heroku — purchased in 2010 — more tightly into the company’s overall platform.

How MemCachier went from a favor for a friend to cloud ubiquity

Hosted memcached provider MemCachier is expanding like crazy, moving from its homebase on Heroku into the AppFog, CloudBees, DotCloud and Amazon EC2 platforms. It’s impressive growth for a bootstrapped company that launched in April and was little more than an idea a year ago.

Uhuru platform spans .NET, open-source worlds

Uhuru’s AppCloud Ready To Go service targets developers who want to write applications that span the .NET and open source worlds. The PaaS runs atop Cloud Foundry and supports Java, Ruby, PHP, Node.js as well as Microsoft .NET, the company says.

Today in Cloud

AppFog, the PHP-PaaS has pivoted – it’s now offering support for more languages, but principally has added the Cloud Foundry API to its stack, allowing it to run atop Amazon, Rackspace, Microsoft and HP clouds. This in turn lets its customers move across these clouds at the click of a button, it claims. In one move it has demonstrated that the infrastructure layer really is just plumbing and we shouldn’t be fussing or stressing over it. If we have to, simply move to another IaaS. AppFog wants to be the front-end to all clouds and as part of that is normalizing all the different pricing elements of each cloud IaaS provider. If it works as advertised, it’s on to a winner as after security, vendor lock-in and pricing confusion are major reasons IT shops are reluctant to use cloud services. Ultimately, AppFog’sĀ goal is to do to PaaS what Google did for email – make it simple, affordable and immensely scalable. It’s a tall order, but exciting to see a startup genuinely raising the bar on existing approaches.

AppFog lets you pick your cloud, (almost) any cloud

For companies wanting to put workloads on a public cloud without having to sweat the details, Appfog has a bold proposition. It says its new PaaS will abstract out all that annoying tweaking and tuning for loads running on Amazon, Rackspace, Microsoft or HP clouds.