DotCloud can do this more efficiently than individual developers by assembling a staff with expertise in open source code and APIs. For five years, Patrick McGovern, VP of marketing, was a director of SourceForge.net and managed the popular host site for 92,000 open source projects. One of its staff members is the leading developer of a frequently used Perl stack, Hykes added.
It currently uses EC2 as its deployment site, but Hykes said he is testing the platform to run in other clouds as well.
"Everyone here is obsessed with solving the problem of deploying workloads in the cloud," he said.
DotCloud has come along at the right time to take advantage of open source software that has built cloud concepts into its operation. For example, it uses MongoDB's capability to create triplicate data sets on different servers as its safeguard against server failure under any one set. The DotCloud Build File will use MongoDB to guarantee availability of an application's data, without needing to build planned server failover or other data survival mechanisms into its deployment environment.
The DotCloud handles scaling and high availability issues on behalf of the developer. "High availability is completely baked in ... It's awesome. There's never been a better time to be a developer," said Hykes during his LaunchPad appearance.
DotCloud launched its public beta June 22. It is free for developers to use, with supported subscriptions available at $99 for a professional version; enterprise subscriptions with many applications supported may be negotiated on an annual basis and would start at $10,000 or higher.
DotCloud has $10 million in venture capital funding from Benchmark Capital and Trinity Ventures. Jerry Yang, co-founder of Yahoo, recently became a member of its board of directors. The firm was founded in San Francisco last year by Hykes and Sebastien Pahl.
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