Cloud Sherpas Launches Ferris Open-Source Python Framework
Cloud Sherpas, a cloud service brokerage, has announced a new Python framework known as Ferris.Cloud Sherpas, a cloud service brokerage, has launched a new open-source Python framework for custom development on Google App Engine. The new framework, known as “Ferris,” empowers millions of developers worldwide and reduces the time and cost associated with building cloud and mobile applications on the Google platform. The framework is dubbed “Ferris” in a nod to the short-cutting main character from the popular 1986 movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Cloud Sherpas’ engineers designed the framework last year and it has been used extensively by the firm to reduce application development time by 80 percent on average for its Google Apps clients. Google Apps is a fast-growing cloud messaging and collaboration platform with over 50 million users and five million business customers. Google App Engine is used by these companies to build highly scalable applications that extend the value of the Google platform. It is estimated that more than one million applications have been developed in the five years since Google launched App Engine. Cloud Sherpas itself has created hundreds of applications using Google App Engine for clients including global logistics company Quality Distribution Inc. (QDI), Printpack and Lamar Media Corporation. “QDI needed to overhaul our pickup, delivery and service ticketing system. Ferris enabled us to build an Android tablet mobile application to and get it into production in about a week,” said Cliff Dixon, vice president of IT at QDI, in a statement. “With the help of Ferris, all of the repetitive developer tasks were eliminated, allowing us to focus on the business logic. Now our customers can track the delivery of packages in real-time, and we’ve gone paperless.”
Ferris is a lightweight, customizable, open source software framework that is available for free under the Apache License, Version 2. Ferris is designed to help developers quickly build Google App Engine applications in Python.