ActiveState has partnered with IaaS vendor CloudSigma to allow CloudSigma to resell its Stackato PaaS platform as part of its portfolio of cloud products. CloudSigma will offer ActiveState Stackato in order to cater to the needs of customers interested in cloud deployments that leverage Stackato’s “any cloud, any stack and any language,” PaaS platform. The partnership represents a strategic move by ActiveState to broaden the channel for Stackato’s distribution by collaborating with an IaaS vendor whose customers may wish to differentially utilize IaaS and PaaS platforms for discrete enterprise cloud projects and initiatives. ActiveState’s partnership with CloudSigma illustrates a growing trend in the PaaS space marked by the availability of PaaS platforms within third party IaaS infrastructures. Earlier this year, for example, CloudBees announced the availability of its PaaS platform AnyCloud on Amazon Web Services and other IaaS hosting environments. Similarly, the integration of Nimbula’s Nimbula Director 2.0 IaaS platform with 3rd party PaaS platforms offers the performance, scalability and management tools of a public IaaS cloud to private PaaS cloud deployments.
This week, PaaS vendor CloudBees announced the availability of AnyCloud, a platform that empowers customers to enjoy applications across a range of IT infrastructures including on-premise data centers and hosted data center environments. Whereas most PaaS platforms require the installation of software within a private cloud environment, AnyCloud enables customers to deploy applications in diverse environments such as Amazon Web Services, other IaaS hosting environments and enterprise data centers. AnyCloud manages the deployment of applications across different environments and thereby allows customers to differentially deploy applications in different hosting environments in order to:
• Comply with regulatory policies specific to a geographic region
• Comply with company policies about which data centers can be used for application deployment
• Minimize data latency and security issues
François Déchery, CloudBees Vice President of International Business Development, explained the significance of AnyCloud by noting: “As we worked with customers around the world, CloudBees was being asked more and more for deployment options across various IT environments and hosted providers – particularly in Europe. We decided to satisfy the demand for flexible deployment options in a very different way than our competition.” AnyCloud supports any JVM-language including Java, Spring, JRuby, Grails, Scala, Groovy and others.
AnyCloud illustrates the emerging co-implication of PaaS platforms within IaaS infrastructures. This week, for example, Nimbula’s IaaS Nimbula Director 2.0 platform revealed support for third party PaaS platforms including the VMware Cloud Foundry PaaS. Current CloudBees customers include Digg, The Gerson Lehman Group, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Netflix, Symantec and Yale University. CloudBees was founded in 2010 by Sacha Labourey, former CTO of JBoss.