It happened a little quicker than we thought, but AppFog and its Platform-as-a-Service will now officially be part of CenturyLink’s Savvis cloud lineup.
Terms of the acquisition, first reported by GigaOM, were not disclosed, but in a statement, CenturyLink said the AppFog public PaaS will be offered via its savvisdirect online catalog that offers an array of hosted services. Savvis will also offer private, dedicated AppFog deployments to big customers.
Update: The AppFog.com public PaaS will continue to run on Amazon and HP cloud infrastructure while the private, dedicated deployments will run on CenturyLink Savvis-owned and operated gear, Andrew Higginbotham, Savvis CTO said in an interview Friday morning.
Having AppFog in Savvis’ bag of tricks gives it a way to appeal not just to CIOs concerned with infrastructure buys, but to corporate developers. “They don’t want to deal with firewalls and load balancers — they just want to be able to spin stuff up,” he said.
AppFog CEO Lucas Carlson (pictured above) is now vice president and cloud evangelist for Savvis, said the acquisition “represents a unique combination of fiber networks with IaaS and now PaaS. Nobody has successfully pulled off combining those three elements in this way before and that gives us a full-stack approach missing from other cloud vendors today.”
Carlson, AppFog CTO John Purrier and another 18 or so AppFog employees will move over to Savvis and the Portland, Ore. office will be retained, Higginbotham said.
This acquisition is part of a bigger trend in which PaaS providers are trying to sell big companies on this model to develop and deploy their custom corporate applications but traction has been limited.
Software-as-a-Service took off when Salesforce.com made a strong case for moving capex spending for key CRM applications to a subscription model that is paid out of operational expenses. Infrastructure-as-a-service took developers by storm when they saw they could bypass IT to spin up and down development sandboxes cheaply as needed. But many big companies still want their corporate apps to run in- house, even if they’re developed outside.
But lots of vendors continue to push the corporate PaaS case. Red Hat just made its OpenShift PaaS generally available and Pivotal launched a re-architected Cloud Foundry V.2 as a paid-only service. Some expect that other hosting providers, all of which are trying to build credibility with cloud services, will follow CenturyLink/Savvis footsteps and buy up remaining independent public PaaS providers.
This story was updated at 12:20 p.m. June 14 with quotes from Andrew Higginbotham and Lucas Carlson and additional detail about logistics of the deal.