What's different with Apcera?

Another PaaS – Apcera gets lift-off to battle the likes of Cloud Foundry and OpenShift

Chris Mayer
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Yet one more cloud platform for your delectation, but Apcera is shrouded in mystery and how can it differ from the competition? Visibility and DevOps seem to be on the menu.

Just like PaaS stories on this site, there’s room for one more
provider in the space. Apcera has opened up for business and is
looking for aspiring developers to join them in their ascent.

The company, set up by former VMware executive Derek
Collison, has been shrouded in mystery, in exactly how it will fit
into an already jam-packed area. The static webpage says Apcera will be ‘the next generation
cloud platform’ -revealing not much there, apart from some lofty
expectations, plus the obligatory ‘We’re hiring’ link and Twitter
handle.

Collison did disclose in an interview with GigaOM, after
getting the $2.2m funding to gain liftoff, that Apcera would focus
on targetting the highly-popular philosophy of DevOps, but
providing developers greater control and visibility into the
platform itself – from the ‘inside out’ as Collison puts it. This
might give them the edge over on-premise solutions, which often
limit developers in what they can do and put them down the straight
path towards a rudimentary offering. Some however want a PaaS
tinkered to their needs.

“I founded Apcera really as a continuation of my
work on cloud platforms,” he said. “I asked myself what the
next-generation systems would look like and what does that mean not
only for the devops side and developers, but also the other side
that are concerned about visibility and
controls.”

Still, little to be given away here as
well. Interoperability is a big thing with Apcera too, by the
looks of it, and now the work begins to work alongside smaller IaaS
and PaaS companies to attract new features to their own. This bears
some resemblance to VMware’s currently in-beta Cloud Foundry, that
has done a good job to fit into any infrastructure like a glove.
Collison perhaps has brought some VMware ethos along the way with
him.

We’re all for an open interoperable PaaS, so we
await to see more info on Apcera and what it offers to this
overcrowded area.

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