PaaS: AppFog Kicks off Private Cloud Beta
AppFog is kicking off its Private Cloud Beta Program, inviting select customers to join the program to check out the next evolution of the AppFog PaaS.
AppFog is kicking off its Private Cloud Beta Program, inviting select customers to join the program to check out the next evolution of the AppFog PaaS. AppFog actually has been fairly busy the last few months with new partnerships with the likes of Rackspace and the closing of its beta test phase of its cloud-based application deployment and management PaaS. Of course, it’s also managed to bring on plenty of customers and partners using the the technology to deploy and manage cloud applications — about 10,000, at last count. “AppFog’s on-premise cloud brings our customers to the forefront of the next evolution in PaaS — one interface, one platform, one toolset to manage all clouds,” said Lucas Carlson, CEO, in a prepared statement. “Enterprises have already invested in IaaS, like OpenStack, vCloud and CloudStack, but they have trouble getting internal private cloud adoption since developers want PaaS technology. AppFog gives developers the tools they need in the environments that IT wants.” According to the company, PaaS technology today is as important as virtualization was a decade ago. It is becoming a de facto standard in the development community for building mobile, social and consumer applications, and the company noted this new private cloud option brings a large-scale public PaaS into the on-premise world with licensing options. The company has been experiencing quite a lot of user growth, with 40 percent month-over-month growth over the last few months. It’s also managed to attract some of the bigger cloud players including VMware (NYSE: VMW), Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), Rackspace (NYSE: RAX) and New Relic, as well as startups including MongoLab and Iron.io. AppFog customers deploying private clouds using OpenStack, CloudFoundry and Eucalyptus technologies can sign up for the program on the AppFog website. There is no mention of when the program will come out of beta phase.