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Director, OpenShift Strategy at Red Hat. Founder of Rishidot Research, a research community focused on services world. His focus is on Platform Services, Infrastructure and the role of Open Source in the services era. Krish has been writing @ CloudAve from its inception and had also been part of GigaOm Pro Analyst Group. The opinions expressed here are his own and are neither representative of his employer, Red Hat, nor CloudAve, nor its sponsors.

5 responses to “AppFog Announces Java Support – What The Heck Is Happening In PaaS Space?”

  1. Boaz

    Full disclosure – I’m from Zend and leading the team developing

    If talking about development I wonder what do you think about and Zend developer cloud?

  2. Dmitry Sotnikov

    Hey Krishnan,

    I love the rant and actually do believe that it starts looking quite crazy seeing all the Java PaaS wannabes getting out there without being able to sufficiently articulate what makes them different.

    We at believe that we are indeed much different from anyone else both from technology and indeed business model.

    From technology perspective, we are pretty much the only ones who provide absolutely standard Java app servers (Tomcat, GlassFish, Jetty…) and databases (MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL, MongoDB…), full access to all configuration files, ability to upload any libraries, use any ports, etc. – so *no limitations*, no need to learn the new platform, no lock-in, *no code changes required*.

    Just specify what you want, upload your Java package and be up and running within a few minutes. See a bunch of demos at in which we deploy popular Java applications like Alfresco, OpenCMS, jForum, etc. I would challenge other players to get to the same level of compatibility.

    From business model perspective, we are the only ones who enable the global ecosystem of hosting service providers to deliver the platform instead of doing it all ourselves (or giving developers the bits and expecting them to set it all up on Amazon). ServInt in the US and Host Europe in Europe are already offering Jelastic from their datacenters (Heroku is still US East only so are, as far as I understand, all other competing Java PaaS services). We are rapidly working on adding more hosters to our partner network.