platform-as-a-service

  • Hosting Undergoes Massive Changes As Providers Move Towards Platform As A Service

    Hosting Undergoes Massive Changes As Providers Move Towards Platform As A Service

    The explosion of infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service offerings has greatly expanded the ways in which hobbyists and professionals deploy web sites and web services. For about the same cost as cheapo shared hosting, you can get your own small virtual machine at any number of providers, allowing you to tweak the entire instance to just the way you want it. If infrastructure… Read More

  • An Interview With Amazon Web Services Senior Vice President Andy Jassy

    An Interview With Amazon Web Services Senior Vice President Andy Jassy

    I interviewed Amazon Web Services Senior Vice President Andy Jassy today at the AWS re:Invent conference. Before the interview I asked my Twitter followers for questions to ask. I could not use all of the questions but I’ve included a few here to give you a snapshot of the full recording, which is embedded below. Read More

  • OpenShift, Red Hat’s Platform-as-a-Service, Headed to the Enterprise

    OpenShift, Red Hat’s Platform-as-a-Service, Headed to the Enterprise

    Red Hat’s OpenShift platform-as-a-service started as a hosted solution for developers. It was, ostensibly, Red Hat dipping its toe into the platform-as-a-service waters. It proved successful enough to keep going. In keeping with Red Hat’s open source ethos, the product was released as an open source project called OpenShift Origin. This allowed anyone to deploy and run the Red Hat… Read More

  • Pagoda Box Is Easier Than Amazon Web Services, But More Customizable Than Heroku

    Pagoda Box Is Easier Than Amazon Web Services, But More Customizable Than Heroku

    I’ve had a sense for a while that infrastructure-as-a-service (like Amazon Web Services) and platform-as-a-service (like Heroku) are converging. Developers love the idea of using a PaaS to speed up provisioning and deployment, but don’t necessarily want to completely give up control of their environments. One sign of this convergence is Pagoda Box, a PaaS that provides a deeper… Read More

  • AppFog And Rackspace Want To Break Your App Out Of Amazon’s Walled Garden

    AppFog And Rackspace Want To Break Your App Out Of Amazon’s Walled Garden

    During the great Amazon Web Services outages of April 2011 and June 2012 many users were stuck. They could, in theory, move their apps to another AWS region, or to another cloud provider altogether. But in practice the architecture of AWS regions are unique – each one supports slightly different features and APIs. The thing is, every cloud provider will eventually have some downtime. Read More

  • Why Platform Clouds Need to Be More Like App Stores

    Why Platform Clouds Need to Be More Like App Stores

    The app store model, pioneered by companies like Handango and popularized by Apple, has become the preferred method for distributing software on everything from desktops to post-PC devices. We’re also seeing this model in the cloud, mostly through software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers, such as the Google Apps Marketplace. But what’s been missing so far is a platform-as-a-service… Read More

  • AppFog Wants To Do For Developer Platforms What Google Did For EMail

    AppFog Wants To Do For Developer Platforms What Google Did For EMail

    AppFog is a Platform as a Service (PaaS) provider that wants to do for developer platforms what Google did for GMail. GMail launched in 2004 by giving its users  a distributed service with 2 gigabytes (GB) of free disc space. Search made it possible. It disrupted competitors like Hotmail that provided a measly 2 mb of free space. Read More

  • Heroku Releases Free PostgreSQL App for OSX

    Heroku Releases Free PostgreSQL App for OSX

    Today Heroku, a platform cloud company owned by Salesforce.com, released a free PostgreSQL app for Macintosh OSX called Postgres.app. You can download the beta here today, and it will be available on the Mac App Store within the next couple weeks. The app is also on GitHub. OS X Lion and Mountain Lion are supported. Read More

  • Nodejitsu Takes On Heroku, Microsoft Azure With Node.js Platform Cloud

    Nodejitsu Takes On Heroku, Microsoft Azure With Node.js Platform Cloud

    Nodejitsu announced a long awaited public beta for its Node.js platform cloud service this week, that runs on Amazon Web Services, Joyent or Rackspace. The company also offers suites of tools for deploying, monitoring and managing Node.js applications in both public and private cloud environments. Read More