Most Developers Havent Seen PaaS

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2012-07-10 Print this article Print


Hykes noted that he believes PaaS has been available primarily to a small sector of the developer community. €œNinety-nine percent of all developers have not seen PaaS; it€™s still too elitist.€ However, dotCloud is working to lower the barrier to entry. One way is through pricing, and the other is by keeping things simple.

In June, dotCloud announced the availability of dotCloud Sandbox, dotCloud Live, dotCloud Enterprise, three new €œflavors€ of development environments that provide unlimited development, elastic pricing, and the ability to scale applications with enterprise-class service and support€”all through a single account.

dotCloud Sandbox is a supported, unlimited environment for development, testing and experimentation. With it, developers can design and develop multiple applications in a single environment for free. dotCloud Live delivers reliability and easy scaling. dotCloud Live€™s elastic pricing is based on resource consumption and enables developers to start as low as $4.32 per month and reasonably scale to an enterprise-class software as a service (SaaS), supporting millions of uniques for a few thousand dollars. And dotCloud Enterprise is a highly customized environment to meet the specific needs of an organization€™s application and users, including white-glove support and in-depth monitoring from dotCloud€™s team, the company said.

"Developing in sandbox mode really lets me dig in and play with my code in a way I never could before,€ Neil Giararantana, president of Lucidus, said in a statement. €œI'm able to duplicate any configuration in sandbox mode to create a whole new version of my Website€”not a new instance€”but a whole new version of my site for testing with just 20 lines of code. And that testing site is up and running immediately, and it's totally free."

€œdotCloud's new pricing model is definitely cheaper for Newlio over the original, instance-based model,€ said Richard Safran, CTO of Newlio, in a statement. €œIt also gives us more flexibility to scale since instances are effectively free, and we can then spread a little more memory over more instances.€

"When we launched a year ago, nobody used PaaS for mission-critical applications and we designed our pricing accordingly,€ Hykes said. €œA year later, everything has changed and the market has grown incredibly. We are talking to real businesses looking to deploy real, mission-critical apps.

"They expect support, they expect guarantees and they expect control over their stack. They are asking: 'Can I rely on you for the long term?' That is what ultimately will differentiate trustworthy PaaS providers from the rest. And that is what our new pricing enables," he said.

Hykes added that this level of support and commitment is what differentiates dotCloud and is what will enable the company to compete with much larger, more established competitors.

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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