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Microsoft and Apprenda tighten up their PaaS pact

Apprenda has always been a great ally in Microsoft’s Azure(s msft) cloud push. The company has long offered a private .NET-focused Platform as a Service that formed a nice on-premises counterpart to Microsoft-hosted Azure.

That’s great for big companies — like Boeing(s ba), Diebold(s dbd), JPMorgan Chase(s jpm) and McKesson (s mck) — that “get” the promise of a platform-as-a-service that will keep in-house developers productive. Such companies tend to balk at the notion of putting that PaaS in a public cloud, though. Apprenda solves that problem nicely because it runs in-house.

Apprenda CEO Sinclair Schuller
Apprenda CEO Sinclair Schuller

Now Apprenda and Microsoft have tightened their ties. While they were partners before, they now offer a joint solution so that a customer who licenses Apprenda will automatically get Azure cloud access at no additional cost. That means they can deploy a full hybrid PaaS that bridges their own data center and Azure on day one, said Jesse Kliza, senior director of marketing for Troy, N.Y.-based Apprenda.

To me, it seems that Microsoft gets a good deal here — a chance to convince some of those public-PaaS skeptics that Azure really isn’t that scary a place. And I should mention here that Apprenda isn’t tied to Microsoft .NET anymore. Last year it added Java support to its private PaaS. If you look at the corporate landscape, when it comes to internal applications, Java and Microsoft still rule.

3 Responses to “Microsoft and Apprenda tighten up their PaaS pact”

  1. Nick DiLello

    I am not fond of Java, it has been one of the single biggest sources of malware infections in the past. You would have a very hard time selling a Java based product to me after spending countless hours removing the infections that got in through it. Since we advised our clients to remove Java and Chrome browser our virus and malware infections have dropped almost completely off…
    Microsoft has gotten out of touch with it’s users in the last few years…look at the cost of Windows 8 and you will see, they could hardly give it away. They seem to be coming around, but like Apple, they want to tell the users what they can do instead of listening to what people want and creating a product around that…this was their claim to fame in the early years, that and intuitive Operating Sytems…there is nothing intuitive about Windows 8 and removing and their unwillingness to re-add the start button/menu shows they don’t listen to their users…that has been most people’s biggest gripe, though there are other things like how to close windows that was not intuitive, though they are addressing that in the next release. Maybe they are doing better in the corporate world and just don’t care about the end users anymore…

  2. When they allegedly released the Java version, I couldn’t find hardly any info on it. And it didn’t seem ready yet either.

    While their product does seem pretty good, it will be a hard sell to companies that are not big banks, etc especially with the open source options or more open options. And also since their Java PaaS uses the same open source technology available elsewhere, they will need to add a lot of value.

    • Sinclair Schuller

      Hi Mark, thanks for the comment. I can assure you Java is available. Download Apprenda Express if you want to check it out. Apprenda stitches together Windows and Linux OS instances, so it will require Windows to install, but the Linux portion of the fabric can be RHEL or CentOS (which is Apprenda deploys Java workloads)

      Second, we are focused on the enterprise use case (think top 5000 companies on the planet), so yes big banks and any big organization is our target customer. That said, open source is not a panacea. In fact, in our space, our open source competitors are large vendors that lock you into their stack (e.g. VMware or RHEL). This robs the customer of freedom of choice and infrastructure independence. This is bad. In fact, it’s way worse than being proprietary. Open has nothing to do with independent. Apprenda is a technology Switzerland and you can run us on any infrastructure, public or private. We support .NET, Java, multiple app servers, etc. There is no commercial open source project that can claim this.