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4/29/2014
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Apprenda, Microsoft Team For Hybrid PaaS

Microsoft hedges its bets on containers with an alliance that brings Apprenda customers to Azure under an on-premises license.

(Image: Ron Pieket via Wikimedia Commons.)
(Image: Ron Pieket via Wikimedia Commons.)

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sschuller
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4/29/2014 | 5:29:20 PM
Re: The battle for next gen. developers is the battle for the cloud
Lorna, C/C++ is a tough nut to crack. On Apprenda, for example, apps with C/C++ code CAN be deployed, but they inherit basic PaaS value. Managed runtimes like the .NET CLR and JVM allow us to do some interesting enhancements to make apps "cloud like" without being architected that way.

The short answer? You can kind-of use C/C++, but typically only when it's an extension of some managed code.
Lorna Garey
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4/29/2014 | 2:19:53 PM
Re: The battle for next gen. developers is the battle for the cloud
Charlie, given the Microsoft deal, is there any possibility of support for C/C++? Also, noticed that word "containerization" again for Apprenda's approach. Do other PaaS players use containers as well?
Charlie Babcock
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4/29/2014 | 1:38:09 PM
The battle for next gen. developers is the battle for the cloud
Microsoft's Azure itself started as a PaaS platform for Windows and .net, later expanded to Java. That makes it all the more revealing that Microsoft has decided to increase Azure's appeal with an on-premises vendor. Visual Studio and dozens of other Windows development tools are on-premises as well, so in theory Microsoft doesn't need a hybrid cloud partner. But in fact, PaaS is an all important battleground and Apprenda has thought t hrough the enterprise PaaS problem. In the end, it makes sense for Microsoft to endter this partnership. 
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