Modulus, NodeSource Push Enterprise Node.js Adoption

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2015-08-03 Print this article Print
Enterprise Node.js Adoption

Meanwhile, Modulus, which offers a platform for hosting Node.js applications, announced it is now supporting Python and MongoDB 3.0. The startup began as company focused on providing a platform for hosting Node.js and MongoDB, and now it offers a polyglot platform for application developers using Docker.

In a December blog post, Paul Nashawaty, director of product and solutions marketing strategy at Progress Software, which acquired Modulus last year, said Modulus had doubled its customer base in the last six months and is working with companies like Citrix and Fitbit. Nashawaty also said he believes the popularity of JavaScript is "due, in no small part, to the growing popularity of Node.js."

He noted that JavaScript is a ubiquitous language, well known by millions of developers.

"When using Node.js, JavaScript becomes a fully functional server-side programming language that is well suited for making real-time business apps and APIs," Nashawaty said. "Node.js increases the number of apps a company can run because of Node.js' modularity. Companies can replace their large monolithic applications into small, modular components that developer productivity. Server-side functionality is critical for IoT, wearables and other emerging devices. Node.js is made for the mobile functionality permeating every facet of business today. By using the Modulus platform, companies have a way to manage, monitor and scale the growth of their Node.js applications."

Modulus announced it now supports both Python and MongoDB 3.0. With the addition of Python, this means that Modulus users will now be able to easily host Django apps. Django is a popular python-based Web application framework. To deploy a Python Web application, a Modulus user only needs to add a simple command –modulus deploy, the company said.

Despite its support for Python and MongoDB, Modulus will continue to focus most of its resources on Node. "Node will continue to be a major focus as our company was founded in the Node.js space and we believe that it has a great future," Modulus co-founder Charlie Key told eWEEK. "We believe that adding new technologies based on customer feedback is important as well and has led us to adding Python, PHP and Java. We have always supported some version of MongoDB and will continue to push to support the latest features and versions in order to give the best customer experience possible."

For MongoDB 3.0, Modulus is now offering users access to it and the ability to provision MongoDB instances in its Joyent Amsterdam region. The current MongoDB deployment regions are now AWS us-east-1a, Joyent us-east-1, and Joyent eu-ams-1. As with previous versions of Modulus' MongoDB instances, oplog access is available on dedicated plans.

"With the addition of both Python and Mongo DB 3.0, it is further proof that we can continue to not only add new technologies, but also offer the continued support that Modulus users have come to expect," Key said in a statement. "By using Docker as our underlying platform, it will enable Modulus to continue and rapidly add support for new language additions, which in turn will allow Modulus clients new ways to leverage the platform for their entire enterprise."


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