GigaOm | June 7, 2012

Microsoft Azure gets a big assist from small PaaS companies

Windows Azure, Microsoft’s huge platform-as-a-service, is getting a big boost from Appfog and Apprenda, two small PaaSes that will make it easier to run hybrid clouds using Azure back-end services. That addresses a concern among business customers that want to run apps in house…

…Apprenda, Clifton Park, N.Y., something of a poster child for single-language PaaSes, is taking a more .NET centric approach to the same problem. “For most enterprises, hybrid is the end state. Customers still want to run stuff in their data centers in a private cloud but they know public cloud is part of their future,” said Apprenda CEO Sinclair Schuller. ”We did direct integration work with Azure to provide pure symmetry so that your internal .NET applications can straddle to the Azure public cloud,” he added.