Summary:

Startup Cumulogic releases its Java platform-as-a-service foundations on Wednesday. The company, with strong Sun Microsystems and Java DNA, hopes that major hosting companies, telcos, and other service providers will build their PaaSes atop its technology.

Cumulogic CEO Mike Soby
Cumulogic CEO Mike Soby

Cumulogic CEO Mike Soby

Cumulogic, a company with strong Sun Microsystems and Java DNA, wants to make its technology the foundation of enterprise-class PaaSes to be offered by telcos, hosting companies and other service providers.

The two-year old company started out building a managed public PaaS that it would sell to developers, but changed course, said Mike Soby, a CA veteran who joined the company as CEO in February. Now the idea is to be more an arms dealer to service providers that want to offer an enterprise-friendly Java PaaS to their customers.

“We want to be in the software business, not the service provider business.” On Wednesday, that PaaS infrastructure software, which has been in beta for some time, is generally available.

With company co-founders Laura Ventura, Rajesh Ramchandani both veterans of Sun — and with Java super-star developer James Gosling on the board of advisors, Cumulogic can boast strong Java cred. “You can’t have an enterprise PaaS without Java,” Soby told me in an interview. The third co-founder, Sandeep Patni was the application infrastructure lead for Goldman Sachs’ risk technology group. This is a group that gets Java and gets the enterprise.

In the field, Cumulogic’s foundational software will face off against Red Hat’s OpenShift — a PaaS with Java roots that will also attack the service provider market and VMware’s Cloud Foundry, a multi-language and multi-framework PaaS that VMware is pitching as a PaaS for all clouds — although Cloud Foundry does not, as yet, support J2EE applications. There are also other Java-focused PaaSes out there including CloudBees.

Cumulogic, based in Cupertino, Calif., addressed the knotty issue of multi-cloud support claiming it can manage applications on private and public clouds including CloudStack, OpenStack, Eucalyptus, VMware and Amazon is talking with most of the major cloud and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) providers about the product. It says it has already signed a few, including Contegix, a cloud service provider, is already aboard.

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