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CumuLogic PaaS: the iTunes Paradigm for the Cloud

Jessica Thornsby

“It’s pretty much the same paradigm of iTunes for application infrastructure components, for cloud environments.”

CumuLogic, whose Technical Advisory Board includes ex-Sun
Microsystems employees James Gosling and former CIO Bill Vass,
recently announced the
beta of their PaaS solution
. The beta currently supports VMware
vSphere, Cloud.com’s Cloudstack and Eucalyptus, with support for
OpenStack planned. In this interview, we speak to CumuLogic founder
Rajesh Ramchandani, on what makes their solution stand out on the
PaaS market.

JAXenter: You recently announced the public
beta of your new PaaS solution. What functionality is included in
this release?

Rajesh Ramchandani: In this release, CumuLogic
PaaS has enough functionality to build and test/QA environments on
VMware or other private clouds and also Amazon EC2. This release
also provides monitoring and autoscaling to support tier-2 and
tier-3 applications. I believe that developers and IT
administrators will get a feel for how powerful PaaS can be and
will see how management is greatly simplified.

JAXenter: What sets CumuLogic’s PaaS apart from
other PaaS offerings?

Rajesh: Enterprise applications are our design
center and hence our platform is architected to suit the IT needs
of medium/large enterprises. With CumuLogic’s private PaaS solution
every user has an isolated PaaS environment – unlike other PaaS
solutions where everything is shared between users. Our solution
provides application isolation and better security and

CumuLogic also allows mix-and-match of infrastructure
components, so users can choose the best components for their
application based on scalability requirements. And with CumuLogic
PaaS, you can build a scalable PaaS on both on-premise private
clouds and public clouds, and maintain a single application
platform which will help you streamline application infrastructure
management in clouds and save money.

We’ve built a Cloud Service Catalog so users receive automatic
updates and new infrastructure software delivered to their private
clouds or public cloud deployments as updates and new components
become available. It’s pretty much the same paradigm of iTunes for
application infrastructure components, for cloud environments. The
catalog takes a lot of the complexity of managing patches and
updates out of the equation, so the tasks that used to be manual
are now automated.

JAXenter: What area of the PaaS market, is
CumuLogic targeting?

Rajesh: Our PaaS is primarily designed for
medium-to-large enterprises who have investments in Java and prefer
to primarily use private clouds, and leverage public clouds for
specific workloads – for example Test/QA workloads. We are also
looking to provide PaaS technology to Cloud Providers and telcos
who cater to enterprise customers.

JAXenter: What platforms and technologies does
CumuLogic PaaS support?

Rajesh: The platform provides support for
traditional middleware components as well as modern infrastructure
software such as NoSQL databases so developers can develop next
generation, modern cloud-based applications. We support open source
stacks and middleware components from Red Hat, IBM, Apache, MySQL,
and MongoDB, and we continue to add new components based on
customer requirements.

CumuLogic PaaS is tightly integrated with Citrix-Cloud.com
CloudStack, Eucalyptus, and VMware private clouds with OpenStack
support coming soon. Our PaaS also runs on Amazon EC2.

JAXenter: How do you envision CumuLogic
evolving, over the next few releases?

Rajesh: We currently have a rolling beta so we
can quickly incorporate customers’ feedback in a timely fashion and
make incremental improvements available to our beta customers. So
far, feedback has been very positive and we intend to deliver a
state-of-the-art PaaS solution by the time we’re ready for general

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