Heroku has added Java for a new enterprise focused service so companies and IT organizations can build and run Java applications in the cloud.
In a press release, Heroku boasts it will allow companies to deploy mission-critical apps in minutes instead of months. That’s quite an assertion but the platform as a service (PaaS) market is showing the enterprise that developers need ways to quickly put up apps without always having to be managed through IT. Heroku Enterprise for Java is part of the Salesforce Platform – its play to offer development environments for social and mobile apps.
Salesforce.com says Java is the most widely adopted language in the enterprise, with millions of Java developers building and maintaining Java applications worldwide. That’s true but Java’s role in the market has been bruised over the past few years, best highlighted by Oracle’s battle with Google. Still, Java has also shown its durability as illustrated in a post last year by RedMonk’s Steve O’Grady and his most recent post last week which Klint Finley wrote about on TechCrunch
Heroku is not alone. The PaaS market is crowded with Java-focused services and software offerings. Google App Engine is a Java-based PaaS environment as is CloudBees, Active State’s Stackato, Red Hat’s OpenShift and VMware’s Cloud Foundry.
Heroku’s move shows how platforms are becoming the new layer for enterprise app development. It’s not just Java that will gain adoption. The new trend is in multiple language support. Heroku fits in that category.
Heroku Enterprise for Java will have the following:
Heroku is the first and best multi-language cloud application platform, or platform-as-a-service. Heroku allows developers to deploy, scale, and manage their apps without needing to think about servers or systems administration. Over one million applications have been deployed to Heroku.