PaaS vendor CumuLogic declared that “accredited universities and academic institutions” will be able to license its platform at no cost today. The move is expected to initiate a reciprocal exercise of influence whereby universities drive innovation amongst CumuLogic’s products and services and CumuLogic, conversely, fosters innovation in university research and teaching. Innovation at the academic level is likely to result not only from the deployment of PaaS platforms for scientific research, but also from collaborative online educational platforms and platforms for enriched educational content delivery. The academic space also represents a powerful seeding ground for CumuLogic’s PaaS platform given its proximity to students and faculty seeking innovative ways of deploying cloud technology in business schools, student led innovation groups, faculty applying for grants or otherwise. CumuLogic PaaS supports both private PaaS platforms as well as deployment in multiple IaaS environments such as Amazon EC2, Citrix CloudStack, OpenStack and Eucalyptus.
As PaaS adoption ramps up, cloud and analytics vendors are finding ways to seed their products in different ecosystems. Last week, Microsoft launched a startup accelerator intended to promote Azure adoption amongst Israel’s startup community. Meanwhile, Jaspersoft announced plans to distribute the community edition of its software with Red Hat’s OpenShift in January.