Mark Logic Brings XML to Amazon EC2

Yet another software firm is stepping into Amazon's cloud. The latest example: Mark Logic, best known as developers of information infrastructure technology, has announced its intentions to bring their XML server solution to the cloud, starting with MarkLogic Server for Amazon EC2. Here's the scoop.

The newly SaaS MarkLogic Server is now available as a pay-by-the-hour Amazon Machine Image, and according to John Kreisa, director of industry solutions for Mark Logic, it brings the same complete information storage and retrieval solution offered by their on-premises solutions into the cloud.

Mark Logic is planning to eventually extend their cloud offerings both in terms of products available and platforms supported, but mum's the word as to what or when. With existing support for virtualizing MarkLogic Server through VMware, this new offering means they can offer solutions on clouds both public and private.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, MSPs should really know that hybrid solutions are going to be hot in 2010. As I said when Rackspace got SQL support back in December: few are willing to commit themselves entirely to SaaS, but the storage market seems primed for MSPs that want to give SaaS a try. Besides, having this kind of infrastructure on EC2 should, in theory, eases cloud application development.

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