Windows Azure Key Tool in Microsoft Battle to Enlist Cloud Developers
However, a year later, after Microsoft revealed its support for Linux workloads and support for a host of open development frameworks, the Engine Yard developers' views changed. The reason Engine Yard moved to support Azure was simple: the bottom line. The option offered benefits to customers who wanted to do Azure and Microsoft technology but also wanted to do open source. Some customers want to do their open-source thing and also to leverage the strength and omnipresence of Microsoft and Windows Azure. There are synergies for enterprises and customers such as development shops and digital agencies. "The alliance between Microsoft and Engine Yard gives our joint customers a unique solution that combines the reach and enterprise readiness of Windows Azure with the open-source expertise and cloud application management platform from Engine Yard," Carsten Puls, vice president of product management at Engine Yard, told eWEEK. "This solution serves developers and IT professionals at startups, small and midsize businesses, as well as large, global enterprises who want to quickly and easily deploy Web and mobile apps to the cloud." Through their strategic alliance, Engine Yard and Microsoft are delivering a commercial-grade, open-source-based platform on top of on-demand infrastructure that is useful for developers and IT professionals at startups, small and midsize businesses (SMBs) and larger enterprises.Mark Gaydos, formerly senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Engine Yard, said, "I don't think over the last two years anybody else [of the major cloud players] was interested in how you make developers' lives better. There were other people who would sell you on, 'Oh, you can run Windows in my infrastructure' or you can run whatever you want in their infrastructure, but that's different than making it possible for the developer to take advantage of the actual big customer bases that would like that." Microsoft offers customers a balance of automation and control when they deploy open-source solutions in Linux virtual environments on Windows Azure. "With the availability of Windows Azure on Engine Yard Cloud, we have even more choice for delivering solutions to meet our clients' diverse needs," said Michael Smith, CTO at Canvas, a digital agency in New York City. "Our clients don't have one technical persona. We've built a wide variety of premium applications—from Facebook games up through content management systems for large enterprises. With this relationship between Engine Yard and Microsoft, we can select the best infrastructure, so we stay nimble by using the latest technology for building and deploying apps in the cloud." Engine Yard Cloud is available in the Windows Azure Store.
Windows Azure is committed to openness and serving developers, Guthrie said. "By working with Engine Yard, we're further enabling developers who use open-source languages and frameworks to take advantage of a leading cloud application platform to create and deploy modern Web and mobile apps more easily," he said.