Young platform-as-a-service (PaaS) startup AppFog has reached a new milestone of 100,000 apps deployed on its service, a sign it is hitting a chord with app developers and businesses.
As I wrote a few weeks back, PaaS represents a huge opportunity in the cloud services market. AppFog is one of a handful of companies that is taking advantage of increasing PaaS popularity among developers. Other PaaS players that are making waves right now include Salesforce-owned Heroku (what some consider the top dog in PaaS), Google App Engine, Microsoft Azure, VMWare’s Cloud Foundry, and dotCloud.
During the great Amazon Web Services outages of April 2011 and June 2012 many users were stuck. They could, in theory, move their apps to another AWS region, or to another cloud provider altogether. But in practice the architecture of AWS regions are unique-- each one supports slightly different features and APIs. The thing is, every cloud provider will eventually have some downtime. Quite possibly less downtime than your on-premise apps. But if you can’t wait it out, you’re going to need to architect your applications so that they can live in different environments. And today AppFog and Rackspace announced a partnership that promises to make it easier to do that.
PHP Fog Overview
Platform-as-a-Service provider AppFog announced today that it is rolling out a new program for third party add-ons. Users will be able to manage accounts with third-party services from a single interface. The first partners are the MongoDB host MongoLab and the application performance monitoring company New Relic.
Today is a momentous day for the Cloud Foundry ecosystem. Although we are still in private beta, we have launched the first Cloud Foundry based service that accepts credit cards.
AppFog, which started out as a PHP-based Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), just added Java to its roster of supported programming languages. Full, multilanguage support is becoming table stakes in the PaaS world, where players like Heroku, DotCloud and Microsoft Windows Azure now give users a broad choice of programming languages to work with.
AppFog - Open source PaaS build on Cloud Foundry running on AWS
Received $8M Series B Funding
Participation Ignition Partners, Madrona Venture Group, First Round Capital, Founder's Co-op
Received $1.8M Series A Funding
Participation Madrona Venture Group, First Round Capital, Founder's Co-op, Bob Pasker