CloudBees Asserts PaaS Independence With FoxWeave Buy

CloudBees announced its acquisition of FoxWeave, a provider of cloud-based integration services, as part of a strategy to build out its platform.

With the platform-as-a-service market heating up, CloudBees, maker of a popular Java PaaS, announced the acquisition of FoxWeave, a provider of cloud-based data integration services.

The acquisition brings native data migration and synchronization services to the CloudBees Platform and simplifies the way developers can compose services and weave them together with PaaS-hosted application logic—or what CloudBees calls app-centric integration, according to CloudBees officials.

The acquisition signals the company's intent to independently grow by adding key technology to the platform—offering native support for data migration, sync and cloud service integrations.

"Every business today has more than the traditional set of on-premise data stores," said Sacha Labourey, CEO of CloudBees, in a statement. "Businesses are also connected with a fast growing number of critical SaaS services, too. Moving and synchronizing data between these services using a growing set of APIs is an ongoing chore—a really vexing problem that has to be solved. With FoxWeave, CloudBees now offers a service that makes integrations easy to set up and maintain. Not only can users quickly integrate these services' data streams and applications, but developers can easily incorporate them into applications. This is what the coupling of the FoxWeave service and the CloudBees PaaS enables—and this capability is absolutely unique in the market today."

Labourey said applications today are increasingly part of the "subscription economy," making use of data from many sources and interacting with hosted services. This is particularly true of new applications being built in the cloud. Connecting to many data sources and services, migrating and mapping data between them, and keeping systems in sync are ongoing sources of pain that the FoxWeave technology relieves, often without having to write any code. The acquisition of FoxWeave establishes CloudBees as the first PaaS vendor to offer native facilities for service and data integration, further upping the game on the time-to-market advantage of PaaS and bringing an app-centric integration view to developers.

Olery, an Amsterdam-based provider of tools that provide insight into online reputation and social media presence for the leisure and hospitality industry, uses FoxWeave and is pleased with its functionality.

"Our sales and marketing team is using the FoxWeave service to synchronize certain transactions between, Gmail, Unbounce and Wufoo," said Wilco van Duinkerken, CTO of Olery, in a statement. "To have our internal users create a bunch of point integrations without a common tool or service is a recipe for a maintenance nightmare. Using FoxWeave as the service that ties it all together, the integrations are centralized in one place and easily maintained by the Olery sales and marketing team. From their standpoint, it just works. And from IT's standpoint, we are able to focus on enhancing and improving the Olery service for Olery customers—not on internal integration issues. That's where our priorities need to be."