Java platform-as-a-service (PaaS) CloudBees (news, site) is trying to position itself as a holistic solution for cloud-based Java application development and deployment. Today the company announced its new partner network that extends the Java PaaS to support more services for developers.
One Platform, One Click, Many Services
Prior to today’s announcement, CloudBees PaaS allowed users to build, test and deploy web applications in the cloud without restrictions or incurring additional infrastructure costs. CloudBees made the Java PaaS generally available in January 2011. The platform consists of RUN@cloud and DEV@cloud. RUN@cloud provides users with the tools required to deploy applications to the cloud — without the need to purchase, configure and maintain hardware, and without the need to target a specific underlying infrastructure service (IaaS). According to CloudBees, thousands of applications are deployed to RUN@cloud. DEV@cloud is an integrated cloud-based development infrastructure that makes it easier for developers to write, build and test applications in the cloud.
With CloudBees’ latest announcement of a new partner network, users now have access to multiple hosted services and can manage application build, deployment, management, monitoring and data services from one cloud platform. Initially CloudBees supports five partners — Cloudant, JFrog, New Relic, SonarSource and Sauce Labs — with additional partnerships planned in the near future.
The move to extend the PaaS beyond its own service offerings by CloudBees may be the first of many for cloud-based PaaS providers attempting to entice developers away from on-premise development.
How It Works
Using the familiar application store model, users locate partner services inside the CloudBees platform and activate them with one click. CloudBees sets up the account with the partner and takes care of provisioning and billing. Once services are activated, users can manage them using CloudBees’ management console. This provides one location for cloud development, deployment and management with little effort.
What’s in it for partners? Partners gain exposure to a potentially larger user that can turn on their services instantly, increasing the likelihood of use. Additionally, CloudBees integrates with partner systems, handles subscription management on their behalf and manages level one support issues — reducing the amount of effort required to manage a customer.
Individual interested in evaluating the Cloudbees platform can do so for free by visiting the Cloudbees site.