Windows IT Pro | August 23, 2011

Apprenda Powers Private PaaS

Apprenda, a provider of platform-as-a-servivce stack for .NET, recently closed a $10 million Series B funding round led by Ignition Partners. We talked with Apprenda CEO Sinclair Schuller about why enterprises should consider the private PaaS.

Q: Apprenda describes itself as a private PaaS provider for .NET. What is private PaaS?

Schuller: PaaS is best understood as a service that abstracts away the details of the network from the developers and application end users. With PaaS, developers can “self-service” an entire application stack, allowing them to upload applications to the PaaS, and with a button click deploy the application and have it scale ready without having to worry about server or application configuration, load balancer configuration, or anything else. A PaaS then provides the developers with tools to trivially manage the entire lifecycle of the application. More advanced PaaS offerings even go as far as providing APIs that expose complex cloud features that help a developer tackle complex requirements. As a layer of abstraction, PaaS ensures that the application is the currency of choice, and not the infrastructure. This boosts developer productivity, reduces time to market, and total cost of managing and maintaining an application.