DotCloud Reveals Support For Vertical Scaling, WebSockets and MongoDB 2.0

PaaS vendor DotCloud today announced three additional functionalities for its PaaS platform, namely, vertical scaling, WebSocket support and support for MongoDB 2.0. DotCloud’s blog describes vertical scaling as an improvement in the “performance of a single service, most often a database” by way of the addition of new resources such as “RAM, CPU time, disk I/Os and more.” Vertical scaling is differentiated from horizontal scaling because of its focus on the addition of resources to a specific computing unit such as a server, whereas horizontal scaling is generally represented by the addition of servers to an existing server ecosystem. Typically offered by IaaS providers such as Amazon Web Services, vertical scaling is less common within the PaaS space. As such, DotCloud’s initiative to offer vertical cloud scaling builds upon a larger trend amongst PaaS vendors to deliver functionality that replicates the performance and scalability of IaaS vendors.

DotCloud also announced support for WebSockets that allows for bi-directional communication between web browsers and an application’s back-end database in real-time. WebSocket support is intended to enrich web-based application development, particularly as it relates to applications that depend upon frequent user interaction and feedback. Finally, DotCloud understands itself as “huge fans of MongoDB” and now supports MongoDB 2.0. In the wake of today’s announcement, DotCloud now supports multiple languages and technology stacks in addition to vertical scaling and support for WebSockets within a product offering that illustrates the increasing richness of the PaaS space.

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PaaS Vendor DotCloud Partners With Web Programming Language Opa

DotCloud, the Platform as a Service vendor, announced a partnership with Opa, the web development language produced by MLstate. Under the terms of the partnership, DotCloud and Opa will deploy Opa@DotCloud, a platform that offers an integrated environment for programming web applications. Opa@DotCloud features two products: (1) DotCloud, a platform for software development that facilitates the deployment of web-based applications; and (2) Opa, a powerful new programming language designed for web application development. Opa boasts the integration of its programming language with its web server, database engine and distribution libraries. According to the press release, the tight integration between all of the components of its technology stack enables superior performance and security. The combination of Opa and DotCloud in Opa@DotCloud delivers the programming power of Opa within the flexibility of DotCloud’s PaaS environment. Henri Binsztok, CEO of MLstate, the company that developed Opa, remarked that “existing web development tools have not evolved as fast as the applications in terms of user experience.” Whereas web application developers typically have to worry about scaling and data replication issues, Opa@DotCloud promises to resolve such setup concerns by providing a development environment that allows developers to concentrate on building stylish, powerful web applications.

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