Today, PaaS vendor Engine Yard revealed details of an expanded partner program for three tracks of partners, namely, (1) Solution Providers, (2) Technology Providers and (3) Infrastructure as a Service providers. The Engine Yard partner program elaborates how Engine Yard will assist partners that contribute to the ecosystem of products and services that surrounds its PaaS platform. Engine Yard hopes that the partner program will uniquely position it to “provide the most robust cloud offerings available to developers” as a result of the way in which its partners collectively enhance the value of its PaaS offering.
The three partner tracks in Engine Yard’s Partner Program are as follows:
Solution providers are “dev shops, design agencies, consultants and systems integrators” who use the Engine Yard platform as a service to deliver products for their clients. Engine Yard claims over 200 solution providers at present.
Technology providers are vendors who offer third party software that are either integrated into Engine Yard’s PaaS platform or otherwise serve as platform “enhancements or extensions.” Over 100 technology providers enhance Engine Yard’s platform currently.
Infrastructure as a Service providers offer Engine Yard within their IaaS offerings as branded solutions for customers seeking a PaaS solution that matches Engine Yard’s “deep expertise in Ruby on Rails and PHP.” Examples of Engine Yard’s Infrastructure Providers include Amazon Web Services and Terremark.
Engine Yard offers partners a variety of technical and sales and marketing support in order to contribute toward their success. In addition to the partner program, Engine Yard announced a startup incubation program that facilitates the movement of “early stage companies from an idea to running cloud-based applications in production easily and cost-effectively.” Participating startups will receive free premium technical support, free development hours and discounts on training and other consulting services from Engine Yard.