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Startup Cloud9 IDE says its new enterprise development environment will let far-flung developers collaborate in real-time on their projects. Given the demand for quality developers, companies need to hire where they can and find ways to enable collaboration.

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Cloud9 IDE is taking on the problem of providing a secure place for geographically dispersed corporate developers to collaborate on their projects in real time.

Cloud9 CEO Ruben Daniels

The startup’s new enterprise-focused integrated development environment (IDE) gives these development teams their own Linux workspace to build, test, debug and deploy their code. That IDE can run on Cloud9 IDE’s own infrastructure or be deployed on-premises — something that’s very important for many enterprise customers who remain wary of public cloud environments.

Developers can brand their own workspace, customize its look-and-feel and control access to that environment. And, they can collaborate on their code in real time. Up until now, Cloud9 IDE offered a public version of its IDE but that had no team support.

The IDE runs on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (and uses Red Hat’s OpenShift as its back-end Platform as a Service) but can run on any Linux distribution, a spokeswoman said.

First-class developers are very hard to find, which means companies have to hire where they can and then figure out how to facilitate working across time zones and geographies.

“Problems can arise, however, when these distributed developer teams need to work together,” said Ruben Daniels, CEO and founder of the two-year-old company, via email.  “Cloud9 IDE solves this problem by offering a consistent environment for developers to work together in real-time to solve problems in minutes that would otherwise take days or weeks.”

Given that Cloud9 IDE operates out of offices in Amsterdam and San Francisco, it knows a little something about distributed development.

The IDE can run and debug Node.js  and JavaScript code and run Python, Ruby, and Apache+PHP applications.  It supports both the Git and Mercurial distributed version control systems

Cloud9 IDE competes with offerings like the EXO IDE and IBM’s Orion, now an Eclipse project.

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