Six Apart will use UShareSoft’s UForge, a platform designed for managing software image templates. UForge employs multiple clouds and operating systems as needed, and supports the major cloud infrastructures and hypervisor formats. The platform is available either as a software-as-a-service online platform, or as an on-site installation.
With UForge, Six Apart will create Moveable Type application stacks that are prepared for delivery to virtualized or cloud-based environments, as image templates. In addition to providing the UForge platform, UShareSoft will offer the image templates to various customers, Internet Service Providers and channel partners.
Six Apart President and CEO Nobuhiro Seki noted in a statement that his company has to meet the needs of its customers, “regardless of the operating system, hypervisor or cloud environment they use.” He added that UForge makes it “much simpler for us to support heterogeneous IT environments,” because his company can now “model once and deliver anywhere.”
UShareSoft CEO Alban Richard added that independent software vendors (ISVs) are increasingly looking to “provide templates of their application stack,” so that channel partners and other ISVs can customize the stack as need be.
Software modeling techniques in UForge make it possible for Six Apart to mix-and-match various operating system and middleware components in its stack, without having to start over. UShareSoft pointed out that this also allows for more efficient updating when new releases come out.
Six Apart was originally started in 2001 in San Francisco; the company name and Moveable Type are now owned by a Japanese IT company, Infocom. TypePad and blogs.com, formerly Six Apart products, are now offered by SAY Media, which was created by the merger of the former Six Apart and VideoEgg.
The Grenoble, France-based UShareSoft specializes in facilitating software delivery to the cloud, which includes, in addition to image template management, an enterprise app store platform.