The buzz around CloudBees isn't going away

CloudBees reveal ten-fold increase in customers for 2011

Chris Mayer
CloudBees

Many enterprises are caught up in the CloudBees buzz, as they release details of their bumper year in 2011. What does 2012 hold for CloudBees?

CloudBees, Inc., the Java Platform as a Service (PaaS)
innovation leader announced this week just how much the company had
grown, by increasing platform services subscriptions by a factor of
10 in 2011 compared to 2010

This growth reflects the rapid acceptance and adoption of the
CloudBees’ PaaS for complete, end-to-end Java application
development and deployment, and also shows how far the company has
come in the past 12 months.

Several big milestones were reached last year, and CloudBees
used two releases as representative bookends for their speedy
progression to becoming one of the most talked about start-ups
going.

In January of 2011, CloudBees became the first Java PaaS to
become generally available, covering the complete Java application
development-to-deployment lifecycle. Right at the end of the year,
they unveiled
Jenkins Enterprise
, bringing a commerical version and total
support for the array of global companies that use the popular
continuous server. This was no doubt facilitated by Jenkins
creator, Kohsuke Kawaguchi and the team of Jenkins committers at
CloudBees disposal – providing the expertise needed for the
operation.

The middle of the year wasn’t bad either. There was also the
CloudBees announcement at JAXConf of a partnership with
five companies (Cloudant, JFrog, New Relic, SonaSource and
Sauce Labs) to create a cloud-based ecosystem called the Cloudbees
Partner Ecosystem. It was exactly the right time to do it, given
that everyone had sat up and took notice of CloudBees. The most
attentive appeared to be Lightspeed Venture Partners who pumped in
funding in July.

Additionally, CloudBees received several high-profile
industry awards at the start of 2012: CloudBees was awarded
InfoWorld’s Technology of the Year for Leading Java Cloud Offering
CloudBees was recognised by Network World as one of the 9 hot
technology startups to watch in 2012 CloudBees received an
honorable mention from Dr. Dobb’s for the Jolt Awards: Coding
Tools.
 

CloudBees further deepened its support for Java in 2011,
announcing another industry first: the release of full support for
developing and deploying applications using the Java EE 6 Web
Profile.

The customer appraisals show you how highly CloudBees’
support is rated.

‘We are processing 25,000 requests per minute for Web page
loads. Thanks to CloudBees, I have managed to avoid hiring a
full-time systems admin to support what would be equivalent to 25
in-house servers,’ said Charles Teague, CEO, Lose It!, the popular
weight loss application.

CloudBees is showing momentum in the market and is saving
many hours, dollars, and effort for Lose It! We are realising value
in terms of lower infrastructure maintenance costs, productivity
and access to the computing resources we need, when we need
them.’

CloudBees founder Sacha Labourey recently
admitted
that he didn’t think cloud computing was all that,
until he realised that the much-maligned and hollow buzzword could
have potential with middleware. He gave an insight into why
CloudBees have become so popular:

The market is realizing the value CloudBees’ PaaS provides
in terms of leveraging the cloud as a 
development
accelerator and enabling developers to be more productive –
eliminating the friction and ongoing hassles of maintaining
infrastructure, and supporting the entire application
lifecycle.

The ability to develop and deploy a production application – and
an entire business – without the in-house infrastructure investment
or ongoing maintenance hassles is what we brought to the market in
2011. It was truly a monumental year for CloudBees. We raised our
series B round of funding, added horsepower to our executive team,
signed on many new customers, and even lowered the cost of our PaaS
development services, due to the efficiencies we have developed
into our platform. The list goes on. In short, we have established
CloudBees in the PaaS market, and I look forward to continuing our
growth and success in 2012.’ 

We echo Sacha’s sentiments here. They’re running for a seat on
the JCP Executive Committee and would be a perfect choice given how
far they’ve pushed the boundaries of cloud platforms. It’s a hive
of activity (no more apiary-based puns, promise) for cloud and
we’re excited to see what CloudBees has in store for 2012.

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