SendGrid, Websolr and AppDynamics onboard

CloudBees expands cloud partner ecosystem

A platform-as-a-service should always look to freshen up its act, and one such Java PaaS company seem to be doing this more than most. CloudBees have today announced three new additions to their Partner Ecosystem, welcoming in SendGrid, Websolr and AppDynamics in as integrated cloud services.

Developers using CloudBees will now be able to hook up to these cloud services, as well as others such as Sauce Labs, JFrog, New Relic, CollabNet Codesion, with a single click through the platform; and importantly without going through laborious configuration. As PaaS adoption continues to grow, these partnerships could prove pivotal in the long run, with many newcomers seeking out the optional extras to the platform itself.

CloudBees transparently provisions the partner services and integrates all charges into one bill, convenient for the person in charge of cloud services within the enterprise, allowing them to get on with the most important part - building and testing their Java web applications in the cloud.  CloudBees of all the PaaS companies seem to get this the most - that the focus needs to be on the developer and making their life easier through the integration of services.

The trio of new partners announced by CloudBees today enable cloud-based email, managed search services and performance management functionality.  

Cloud-based email infrastructure service SendGrid, breaks down and greatly reduces cost and complexity of managing custom email systems. Importantly, SendGrid provides reliable delivery, scalability and real-time analytics along with flexible APIs, meaning customisation of email systems can no longer be seen as a mammoth task.

"We're excited to offer CloudBees PaaS users one-click access to SendGrid's advanced email deliverability service," said Isaac Saldana, president and co-founder, SendGrid, Inc. "Now it's even easier for CloudBees developers to focus on developing great applications instead of managing email servers."

Open source search engine, Websolr, gives developers the ability to index and search their content. Based upon Apache Solr (but as the name suggests with a web feel) Websolr's finetunes searching and gets rid of endless servers needed to maintain search functionality.

They were equally buoyant about the partnership, as co-founder Nick Zadrozny said: "We are excited to join the CloudBees Partner Ecosystem to help developers provide a fast and flexible full-text search experience,"

He added: "Our fully managed hosting service for the open source Apache Solr search engine is a great fit for savvy developers who want access to the best search features and functionality without the distraction of managing another set of servers."

Finally, and arguably the most salient addition to the Partner Ecosystem is Java performance monitoring sages AppDynamics, offering a new kind of application solution that helps developers build applications that perform and scale in the cloud. The AppDynamics application gives developers real-time, code-level visibility into the performance of Java applications and databases (either SQL or NoSQL) to help tune and optimize them.  

"We're enthusiastic about partnering with CloudBees and enabling Java developers to manage the applications that they create using the CloudBees platform," said Stuart Horne, vice president of business development, AppDynamics. "Building applications for the cloud offers tremendous advantages for operations and development teams, but it also brings a whole herd of new challenges. The CloudBees platform will help facilitate the creation of cloud-based applications, and AppDynamics will enable the monitoring and management of those applications to ensure flawless uptime and performance. It's a perfect fit."

 With this triple offering, CloudBees is positioning itself as the one-stop-shop for cloud application development and helping developers get a comprehensive cloud PaaS for them.

"CloudBees customers continue to tell us that the services provided by our Ecosystem Partners are a valuable addition to our platform. Adding services from SendGrid, Websolr and AppDynamics is another win for our customers," said Andrew Lee, vice president of business development, CloudBees. "The CloudBees Ecosystem offers seamless integration across a variety of value-add cloud services, providing a more unified experience for users. Developers benefit from being able to code, build, test, deploy, monitor and maintain their applications --all from a single platform."

Who's next to join them though?

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