Yesterday AppFog (previous CloudAve coverage), formerly known as PHPFog, announced that they are adding support for Java. With the addition Java support, they can now target enterprise developers who still believe in Java over the modern day languages. Along with Java, AppFog now support PHP, Ruby and Node.js. AppFog has a dual strategy in the space. On one hand, they are adding support to multiple languages on their service and, on the other side, they are also playing a critical role in the CloudFoundry ecosystem. Even though I think it is smart for them (and their investors) to take this multi-pronged strategy, I will be really keen to see how this plays out in the next two years. They cannot continue this strategy forever and, soon, there will come a time when they will be forced to decide on which way they want to go.
My POV a.k.a. My Rant
I am keen to hear from both vendors and users on this topic. From vendors, I want to hear what they are doing that is unique or, using the words of Steve Jobs, “insanely great”. From the perspective of users, including business leaders, IT (yes, IT) and developers, what they expect from a PaaS service. I would love to hear what else can vendors do that will make PaaS, the future of Cloud Services.
- Java PaaS (gevaperry.typepad.com)
- AppFog raises $8M to host powerful web apps in the cloud (venturebeat.com)
- AppFog lands $8M for PHP PaaS (gigaom.com)
- Remember one-language PaaS? Heroku adds Python (gigaom.com)
- Java developers, meet Heroku (gigaom.com)
- Cloud Foundry adds PHP, Python; AppFog now a user (gigaom.com)
- Free Stuff: Java PaaS with CumuLogic (rickvanover.wordpress.com)