CumuLogic Bringing Java PaaS to Most Clouds
Infrastructure-as-a-service platforms from vendors including Amazon Web Services, VMware and even Eucalyptus Systems are great in many use cases, but they’re just infrastructure. Enter CumuLogic, which has launched its namesake Java platform-as-a-service (PaaS) to enable enterprises, cloud providers and developers to manage IT and application infrastructure.
Right now, CumuLogic in its beta form supports private, public and hybrid clouds powered by Amazon EC2, Cloud.com (recently acquired by Citrix), Eucalyptus and VMware, with support for OpenStack clouds coming soon. CumuLogic in its press release promises its software can be used to monitor and manage multiple clouds from multiple vendors simultaneously, which is potentially a boon when standardizing application infrastructure for hybrid cloud scenarios.
Here’s CumuLogic’s bullet-point list of features, taken straight from the release (with all the grammar and punctuation errors fixed):
- Flexibility to deploy modern applications on the clouds of choice;
- Automation of … myriad … tasks that allow developers to focus on rapidly deploying quality applications, which translates into business agility;
- Developer and administration API enables developers to push applications to the cloud and to expect all the platform service to be available to run those applications; and,
- Cloud Services Catalog allows organizations to acquire new infrastructure software and updates delivered and registered to their repositories in private clouds, eliminating the need to build their own service images, which can be a time-consuming task.
Frankly, I’m surprised something like this hasn’t popped up sooner: Microsoft Windows Azure has its fans in the cloud ISV channel, to be sure. But the fact that Microsoft hosts Azure itself means that customers lose a certain amount of flexibility. A PaaS solution that can be deployed on almost any major cloud standard, with partnerships to ensure compatibility, has the potential to shake things up considerably.