CloudBees Asserts PaaS Independence With FoxWeave Buy

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2013-07-25 Print this article Print

The combination of FoxWeave and the CloudBees PaaS enables developers to manage connections and data transfer between more than 20 hosted services, including Salesforce, Zoura, Zendesk, SendGrid, MySQL DB and Cloudant. Users also can run data migration and synchronization tasks in the cloud, on CloudBees or on-premises, and achieve app-centric integration by mashing up application logic and service integrations into an integrated system. Moreover, users can build their own custom connectors, typically with no programming involved, the company said.

"APIs are driving a new economy and a new wave of innovation," said Tom Fennelly, founder and CEO of FoxWeave. "With FoxWeave, CloudBees is going to make it easier for PaaS application developers to consume these APIs in intuitive and maintainable ways. As CloudBees customers build and run new versions of their applications, being able to easily mesh data synchronization and migration with their applications certainly will give them a new competitive advantage."

Earlier this month, CloudBees announced the general availability of the CloudBees Eclipse Toolkit 2.0. The new version is a major upgrade of the CloudBees plug-in that helps developers create and develop software faster by bringing the power of the CloudBees PaaS to Eclipse.

The CloudBees Eclipse Toolkit now provides direct access to the CloudBees ClickStart application templates, accessed directly from within the Eclipse environment. ClickStarts set up the entire development-to-deployment environment for an application in one click. With the CloudBees Eclipse Toolkit, developers can quickly and easily try out a growing list of technology stacks on the CloudBees Platform—everything from Java EE 6 and Java EE 7 to GlassFish 3 and 4 to Scala and the Play Framework, as well as a host of other Web technologies.

The previous version of the CloudBees Eclipse Toolkit enabled deployed applications and Jenkins jobs to be viewed from within Eclipse. The updated CloudBees Eclipse Toolkit also automatically sets up source repositories, databases and continuous integration environments in the cloud and provides the ability to deploy applications to the cloud—all from within Eclipse and in one click.

CloudBees also provides support for existing project types such as Dynamic Web, Maven and Ant, enabling developers to deploy these projects from Eclipse to the CloudBees Platform.

"Developers face enough challenges trying to develop code and manage the multiple steps in the build-test-deploy process," said Harpreet Singh, senior director of product management at CloudBees, in a statement. "Using the new, enhanced version of the CloudBees Eclipse Toolkit, developers can easily access cloud resources to manage their projects end to end, without ever leaving the Eclipse environment. This helps developers accomplish their most important goal: writing high-quality code and getting it to market fast."

Last month, demonstrating the popularity of its platform and the growth of its developer community, CloudBees announced that 18 new partners joined the CloudBees Partner Ecosystem. New partners include Technology Partners, providing add-on functionality for developers using the CloudBees Platform, and new services partners who provide expert professional services. The CloudBees ecosystem is more than 60 partners strong.

"With the help of partners, we are accelerating application development and deployment," said Andrew Lee, vice president of business development at CloudBees. "Our Partner Ecosystem is bringing more value to software development teams that need best-of-breed services for software delivery and also to organizations that need a trusted services partner to help craft and implement their solutions."


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