DotCloud Goes GA With Multiple-Stack Cloud Development Platform

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-06-28 Print this article Print

DotCloud is a second-generation PAAS provider whose secret sauce makes it simpler for developers to deploy and scale their applications while delivering the flexibility and robustness required by critical business software.

Platform-as-a-service startup DotCloud has graduated from private beta to general availability status and is now offering its services to developers and IT departments for deploying their applications worldwide.

DotCloud is a second-generation PAAS provider whose secret sauce makes it simpler for developers to deploy and scale their applications while delivering the flexibility and robustness required by  business software.

Developers can mix and match from a large choice of languages, databases, caching and messaging components, leaving them in full control of their IT stack, DotCloud Vice President of Marketing and Community Patrick McGovern told eWEEK.

"DotCloud is a managed service for Web developers," McGovern said. "You can assemble your stack from preconfigured and heavily tested components. We support major application servers, databases and message buses. If we don't support it, ask."

DotCloud takes an open-source approach in that it offers a multistack system; thus, developers can use DotCloud for experimenting and building applications and platforms in at least 12 stacks and databases-including scripts such as Java, Python, Perl and PHP.

Two new additions to DotCloud's service introduced last week at the GigaOm Structure conference in San Francisco involve scalability and availability-two of the most important facets of cloud computing.

DotCloud now offers a feature called Dynamic Scaling, which automatically allocates the ebbs and flows of data traffic to the most available resources within a system, so the load can be processed in the most efficient manner, McGovern said.

The second is straightforwardly called High Availability, which automatically enables applications to span across multiple data centers and availability zones.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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