Saturday, May 12, 2012

Praise for the Cloud Foundry

I'm pretty excited about beta version of VMware's Cloud Foundry. Probably as excited as disappointed by Google App Engine.

GAE is a vendor-lock-in PAAS providing services with little business value for the majority of the projects I've been involved into. On the other hand Cloud Foundry is a PAAS providing amazingly simple hosting services. The services that just works. For example:

If you're looking for the good place to deploy your WAR and make use of the following types of resources...
  • file system (sic!)
  • MySQL
  • PostgreSQL
  • Redis
  • MongoDB will be at home using Cloud Foundry.

I cannot overemphasize the fact that pretty decent Cloud Foundry account is available for free. By saying "pretty decent" I mean  2 GB of memory (sic!), 2 GB of disc space and 4 core CPU. Such free account really encourage to play with the Cloud Foundry.

At this moment VMware doesn't tell how much will it charge for Cloud Foundry after closing the beta phase. However practically no vendor-lock-in makes CF a perfect choice for the initial deployment of many web applications. With no vendor burden you can just switch to another provider without any special effort.

VMware, kudos for you :) .

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