CloudBees Integrates with VMware CloudFoundry PaaS
This year hasn't been a particularly good one so far for Java, which has suffered several widely publicized security vulnerabilities. But for Java developers, at least, some good news has come in the form of new opportunities for seamlessly deploying Web and mobile apps into cloud-based testing environments via CloudBees's recent integration with VMware's (NYSE: VMW) CloudFoundry platform-as-a-service (Paas). Here's how these various pieces of the cloud, open source and development ecosystem come together.
CloudBees, a relatively young company founded in April 2010, focuses on value-added services to make it easier to deploy Java, JRuby and Grails applications to the cloud through a PaaS-centered approach. It has a strong engagement with the open source community in particular.
CloudBees has enhanced its platform, which is now integrated with VMware's CloudFoundry–also an open source resource–to simplify the deployment process. Because CloudFoundry supports a variety of clouds, developer frameworks and application services, the integration will allow CloudBees users to run their software in the environment of their choice with a few clicks. The CloudFoundry solution is available now.
Jenkins, an open source continuous integration server, plays an important role in CloudBees's integration solution for CloudFoundry. As Mark Prichard, CloudBees's senior director of Product Management, explained, combining CloundFoundry with a continuous integration tool such as Jenkins allows developers to push their code and revisions into the cloud, in real time, in a way that would not have been possible before the convergence of the cloud and PaaS resources.
While now may be an easy time to make jokes at Java's expense, the massively popular development framework obviously isn't going anywhere anytime soon. On the contrary, as it becomes easier to integrate Java applications with next-generation tools such as CloudFoundry, Java's value only increases.