GigaOm | May 30, 2012

Is multi-language PaaS really better? Not necessarily

As major PaaSes like Microsoft Azure, VMware, Cloud Foundry and’s Heroku race to embrace multiple languages, a few like Apprenda say that’s exactly the wrong approach. Language-specific PaaSes are better able to exploit a company’s native applications and features, says Apprenda CEO Sinclair Schuler.

Among platform as a service vendors, the race is on to embrace as many programming languages as possible. Microsoft Azure, VMware’s Cloud Foundry and’s Heroku all proudly claim language (and framework) agnosticism.

But that isn’t necessarily a good thing, argues Sinclair Schuller, CEO of Apprenda, a PaaS vendor that has taken a distinctly different approach.