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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.

and move toward an inside-out approach: use PaaS in-house, then expand its use into the public cloud, including deployments of new applications.

Apprenda users may not only deploy new applications to Azure but also conduct Apprenda-based development there as well, if they choose, said Gary Olah, Apprenda's VP of business development, in an interview. In the future, customers may choose which type of computing they wish to use without worrying about enterprise boundaries. One Apprenda license will allow them to provision and occupy servers sometimes on-premises, sometimes in the cloud. As customers grow used to Apprenda's capabilities, they will compose rules that guide whether an application is deployed on-premises, due to security and regulatory requirements, or to the public cloud.

"As long as they keep buying Apprenda (annual subscriptions), they will get capacity on Azure," said Olah. Right now, those subscriptions assume most applications will be developed for use on premises, but in the future, the balance could shift toward heavier cloud deployments, he said.

Apprenda functions as a runtime environment, allowing applications to be deployed and scaled under its management provisions. Right now it includes automatic access to use of an open source Tomcat application server for Java applications. By the end of 2014, that access will include the Red Hat JBoss application server and IBM WebSphere application server as well, said Jesse Kliza, senior director of marketing, in an interview.

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Charles Babcock is an editor-at-large for InformationWeek, having joined the publication in 2003. He is the former editor-in-chief of Digital News, former software editor of Computerworld and former technology editor of Interactive Week. He is a graduate of Syracuse ... View Full Bio

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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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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?
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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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