Enterprise Cloud Today | January 28, 2014

Apprenda Launches Next-Gen PaaS Platform

Apprenda has rolled out version 5.0 of its PaaS platform to give enterprises a way to launch PaaS on premises or on any infrastructure they choose. In addition, with its dynamic scaling feature, the platform can be scaled up or down automatically within a defined parameter.

There’s nothing stopping someone from making use of Apprenda on Amazon Web Services. But most customers are running it on their own infrastructures, said Rakesh Malhotra, VP of product.

In addition, the 5.0 version deepens Apprenda’s integration with existing applications built in either Java or .Net. That’s another differentiator. Apart from Microsoft, none of the other PaaS platforms support .Net languages and technologies in their commercially supported PaaS. VMware’s Cloud Foundry, now part of its Pivotal spinoff, includes the Iron Foundry project, which works with all the .Net languages. But Malhotra said that the enterprise version, Pivotal Cloud Foundry, does not include Iron Foundry.

Malhotra is a 10-year veteran of Microsoft and was product manager for the Virtual Machine Manager component in System Center systems management. The next place virtualization would lead, he concluded as he watched Hyper-V being established, was to PaaS.

He joined Apprenda as it was attracting venture capital and preparing to launch a commercially supported PaaS system. The 1.0 version came out two-and-a-half years ago. In 2013, Apprenda received $16 million in additional venture capital funding, bringing its total to $31 million.

The 5.0 release include a dynamic scaling feature for applications. Scaling is a key cloud characteristic that can be achieved different ways, but the main one is simply writing scripts that tell the cloud manager to launch more instances on a server cluster and route traffic to them. Apprenda has simplified the process into a developer portal-control mechanism.