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CloudSoft open sources DevOps PaaS, Brooklyn

Multi-cloud application management gurus Cloudsoft have announced the launch of Brooklyn, an open source policy-driven distributed control plane offering a single-click deployment across machines, clouds and locations.

Unlike the normal infrastructure-centric alternatives, Brooklyn is tearing up the rulebook with a new application-focused approach to managing resources and workloads, rather than working with the underlying foundations.

On the face of it, Brooklyn could be seen as a next-gen DIY PaaS. Brooklyn creates bridges with existing and new applications to truly become the mainframe for running the entire show, providing continuous governance and real-time elasticity for mission-critical applications running in private, public or hybrid cloud environments. Surely something that is desired across the board by all companies working with security-critical applications.

Cloudsoft claim that by using Brooklyn, developers no longer have to worry about scalability or working with certain cloud providers nor do they have to write code to deal with it. Brooklyn does it all on their behalf.

“Brooklyn makes managing your business in the cloud a breeze,” said Duncan Johnston-Watt, founder and CEO, Cloudsoft. “From the outset we made bringing business to the cloud a priority for Cloudsoft but with Brooklyn this is finally a reality. Enabling enterprises to use cloud without losing control and providing them with effective cloud brokerage as their appetite for cloud increases and their policies change over time is a powerful combination.”

“It is hardly a coincidence that Brooklyn has struck such a chord with enterprises seeking open, flexible and automatically managed application platforms,” added Alex Heneveld, co-founder & CTO, Cloudsoft. “Central to its success is not the fact that it is open source so much as its ability to harness the power of established open source projects such as Apache Whirr and jclouds as well as showcase the benefits of PaaS; highlighting Brooklyn’s role in the DevOps toolchain in the process.”

With Whirr and jclouds already sitting atop the cloud perch as highly recommended tools for enterprises, Brooklyn should fit in quite well as part of the Cloudsoft open source offering.

The flexibility within Brooklyn really sets it apart as there's so much potential here. By breaking down the boundaries that often inhibit the managerial aspect of multi-cloud enterprise platforms and bringing in a dash of DevOps, Brooklyn could usher in a completely new approach altogether. It will certainly increase adoption enterprise-wide of PaaS, for sure

Chris Mayer

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