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What Docker Needs From PaaS: Apprenda's Take

Enterprise platform-as-a-service provider discusses Docker's role in a future, developer-driven, Linux-container world.

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sschuller
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sschuller,
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7/6/2014 | 9:26:22 AM
Re: Microsoft friendly means no containers, doesn't it?
Li & Laurianne,

Apprenda is PaaS software - not a PaaS. That means we can take a bunch of operating system instances and turn it into a PaaS on the fly. Those operating system instances could be sitting behind the firewall in a customer's datacenter, or can come from public clouds like Azure, or both. When I say both, I mean that a large enterprise can build a private PaaS (using resources from their own datacenters) and then incorporate resources from Azure or any other public IaaS to create a federated, hybrid PaaS instance.

The reason I go into this level of detail is that we didn't "chose" Azure in the sense that you describe. We partnered with Microsoft to create a special solution to deliver a turn-key instance of a hybrid PaaS to customers that want it. Additionally, we have some interesting integrations with things like System Center for managing Apprenda on-premises. Our customers can choose to build a hybrid PaaS using any IaaS provider, including AWS.

 

I hope this clears things up.
Li Tan
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7/2/2014 | 9:48:07 AM
Re: Microsoft friendly means no containers, doesn't it?
@Laurianne, here I would like to echo you -  frankly speaking I did not see clear points why Apprenda chose Azure? Is it just because Azure is PaaS like Google AppEngine? There must be something more behind but simply I am not able to tell.
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7/1/2014 | 3:09:08 PM
Re: Microsoft friendly means no containers, doesn't it?
Interesting context and it makes me wonder: Why did Apprenda choose Azure? What is the advantage, Charlie?
Charlie Babcock
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7/1/2014 | 12:38:37 PM
Microsoft friendly means no containers, doesn't it?
How can Apprenda, known for being the Microsoft friendly PaaS for the enterprise, plan to play a role in containerization, a strictly Unix/Linux construct? "We see ourselves as supplying the application server for the cloud," said Rakesh during the interview. That is PaaS is just about developing in the cloud and deploying in the cloud. It's the package of things that allows the application to run in the cloud, with all its dependencies. With that attitude, it's shifting its attention to containers and how its system can work with them..                                                                        
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