Engine Yard says it rules the open platform as a service (PAAS) space, marking $28 million in revenue for 2011, increasing its customer base by 50 percent and challenging others to show their numbers.
claims that with its $28
million in revenue for 2011 it is the leading open platform as a service (PaaS),
and the company challenges any other player to step forward and prove them
officials said the company doubled its year-over-year revenue in 2011 and
increased its customer base by 50 percent so that it serves more than 2,000
customers. The PaaS market continues to evolve, with new players entering the
fray. Engine Yard has been around for a while as has Google App Engine and
Salesforce.com with its Force.com offering. However, a new crop of PaaS players
is emerging, including AppFog, CloudBees, VMwares Cloud Foundry, eXo Cloud
IDE, Jelastic, Red Hats OpenShift, ActiveStates Stackato and Microsofts
Windows Azure, to name a sampling.
Yard maintains it is the leader in the open PaaS space based on its revenue and
customer base. We believe this makes us the largest open PaaS on the market,
said Mark Gaydos, senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Engine Yard.
Were one of the oldestweve been around six yearsand we dont know of
another company out there deploying an open-source stack and an independent
stack that can match us. But its a little difficult to prove because many of
the companies coming out with PaaS offerings are private and dont state their
began as a hosting spot for Ruby on Rails apps, but has since branched out to
support PHP through its acquisition of Orchestra last year. Mike Piech, vice
president of product management and marketing at Engine Yard, said the company
would be looking at supporting other languages as well. In November, Engine
Yard launched Engine Yard Labs
and enabled early access support for Node.js
applications on the Engine Yard Cloud. Piech said other
languages are under consideration.
We dont have
an announcement on the next one coming out, but we are actively pursuing
different opportunities, Piech said
Engine Yard Orchestra PHP Cloud will debut its second major release this month,
Gaydos said. New enhancements include greater configurability through APIs as
well as higher performance derived from more highly optimized stack images.
Auto-scaling in the elastic configuration is now better tuned to track
variations in load, and numerous additional performance and reliability
enhancements make this an important release for customers looking a solid PHP
PaaS, the company said.
Engine Yard announced that RailsInstaller
has achieved more than 170,000 downloads. RailsInstaller, an Engine
Yard-sponsored open-source project, is a one-command installation tool that
makes it easy to instantiate a complete development environment for Ruby on a
laptop or desktop. Now supporting Windows and adding OS X this month, RailsInstaller
puts the latest versions of Ruby, Rails, Bundler, Git, SQLite and other
components on a developers system, all integrated and configured correctly so
a developer doesnt have to waste time with individual component installations
and debugging dependencies, company officials said.
that 2012 will mark the beginning of a multi-year growth trend in PaaS. As
stated in our PaaS Road Map: A Continent Emerging report, most enterprises
will have at least part of their run-the-business software functionally
executing in the cloud, using PaaS services, directly or indirectly, by 2015, Yefim
Natis, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner, said in a statement.
Presence in the PaaS market will be an essential element of leadership for
application infrastructure vendors.
Engine Yard Cloud to all of our clients, including Toyota Kenya, because we get
huge time and cost savings, said Shaun Richards, managing partner of
Platform45, also in a statement. We would need another five people to manage
infrastructure internally. Instead, we rely on Engine Yard, and we focus our
developers on writing code, which keeps them and our customers happy.
Engine Yard delivered a series of initiatives that drove customer success and PaaS
adoption for companies with fast-growing, high performance Web applications.
process, Engine Yard grew its head count to 135, beefing up its engineering and
support organization by 50 percent. And the company saw a 58 percent growth in
existing-customer revenue from rising use of the Engine Yard platform.
also continues to expand its commitment to open-source projects and to bring
new expertise in-house. The company employs the core committers to the JRuby
project to deliver n implementation of Ruby on the Java Virtual Machine (JVM).
And many of Engine Yards other engineers are serious committers to other major
open-source projects across the Rails, PHP and other communities.
provides the reliability, flexibility and deep expertise in Ruby on Rails and
PHP that we need for our clients projects such as BurdaStyle.com, VBS.tv and
Krrb.com, said George Eid, founding partner of Area 17. When krrb.com, a
popular commerce site, had daily traffic spikes as high as 7x, the platform
performed perfectly. By relying on Engine Yard, we benefit from their extensive
experience, and we can focus on building high-performance mobile and Web apps that
serve millions of customers.
tremendous growth reflects the increasing market awareness of the value PaaS
provides companies," John Dillon, CEO of Engine Yard, said in a statement.
In 2012, we believe even more companies will seek to run their applications in
the cloud, so they can focus on innovation rather than managing their
and Piech said that although several other PaaS providers have entered the
market, they believe their primary competition in the PaaS space is companies
trying to create their own PaaS platforms.
companies doing it themselves, Gaydos said.
takeaway from the $28 million in revenue and the more than 2,000 customers is
that there are real apps running on Engine Yard. And this is their decision
making and their investment.
Yard delivers a commercially hardened and secure solution that thousands of
companies depend on for their production applications. The company serves
customers across a range of industries, including high-tech, consumer
electronics, telecommunications and media.
Asked if he
believes 2012 to be the year that PaaS reaches maturity, Gaydos said, What we
see is that there is new adoption from enterprises. Initially the investment
was from Web 2.0 companies and then developer shops. Then, in the second half
of 2011, enterprises started to adopt the cloud and began to try to be more Web
2.0-esque because it helps them be more productive.
In its 2012
predictions on PaaS, Gartner estimates that by 2015, the enterprise use of PaaS
will grow from 3 percent today to 43 percent. And by 2015, comprehensive
single-source PaaS software suites will emerge from the leading providers and
their partner ecosystems.
a press release from late last month about its own momentum, CloudBees
, a Java PaaS provider, announced that it grew platform
services subscriptions by a factor of 10 in 2011, versus comparable 2010
numbers. This growth reflects the rapid acceptance and adoption of the CloudBees
PaaS for complete, end-to-end Java application development and deployment, the
In January of 2011,
CloudBees became the first Java PaaS to become generally available, covering
the complete Java application development-to-deployment lifecycle, the company
claims. CloudBees also further deepened its support for Java in 2011,
announcing its support for developing and deploying applications using the Java EE 6 Web Profile
In addition, CloudBees
officials claim the company became the first Java PaaS to bring an integrated
ecosystem of cloud-based services to its platformthe
CloudBees Partner Ecosystem
provides access to 10 software as a service (SaaS) and ISV partners. Moreover,
CloudBees closed out 2011 by launching Jenkins Enterprise by CloudBees
to provide enterprise-class support and enhanced
capabilities for the popular Jenkins Continuous Integration (CI) platform in an
processing 25,000 requests per minute for Web page loads. Thanks to CloudBees,
I have managed to avoid hiring a full-time systems admin to support what would
be equivalent to 25 in-house servers, Charles Teague, CEO of Lose It, the
popular weight-loss application, said in a statement. CloudBees is showing
momentum in the market and is saving many hours, dollars and effort for Lose
It! We are realizing value in terms of lower infrastructure maintenance costs,
productivity and access to the computing resources we need, when we need them.
The market is
realizing the value CloudBees PaaS provides in terms of leveraging the cloud
as a development accelerator and enabling developers to be more productiveeliminating
the friction and ongoing hassles of maintaining infrastructure, and supporting
the entire application lifecycle, Sacha Labourey, CEO and founder of
CloudBees, said in a statement. The ability to develop and deploy a production
applicationand an entire businesswithout the in-house infrastructure
investment or ongoing maintenance hassles is what we brought to the market in
2011. It was truly a monumental year for CloudBees. We raised our series B
round of funding, added horsepower to our executive team, signed on many new
customers, and even lowered the cost of our PaaS development services, due to
the efficiencies we have developed into our platform. The list goes on. In
short, we have established CloudBees in the PaaS market, and I look forward to
continuing our growth and success in 2012.