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There doesn’t seem to be a day that goes by without another development in the entire Java ecosystem in regards to Cloud. In fact just a few days before writing this editorial, Red Hat unleashed OpenShift Origin – opening up its year-old platform to the masses. Everyone is jostling for position with many vendors proclaiming that their future lies in the Cloud. We now seem to be over that phase where the Cloud is all hype and no substance; now the Cloud is a tangible concept of many different spokes, contributors and stakeholders. The myth of insecurity and lack of control has long been shattered. But for an outsider looking in (or more appropriately, a CIO not up to speed on cloud logistics), it can be a daunting task trying to pick the cloud solution best for their working environment. There’s so many choices to make – which type of service do you need – SaaS, PaaS or IaaS? What benefits do you want to harness from the Cloud? Do you want to be public, private or somewhere in between? This is merely the start before you actually consider how big the shift can be for an enterprise to enter this decade! In this issue we attempt to make sense of the noise and distill it all down for you. Arguably the area which will become increasingly more important for Java is in the Platform-as-a-Service field, with several Java clouds springing up, vying for your attention. First up, founder of flexible Java PaaS, CumuLogic, Rajesh Ramchandani provides an excellent overview of what a PaaS is and the reason why you ought to consider adopting one. Spring’s Developer Advocate, Josh Long tells us about Cloud Foundry and how easy it is to deploy a Spring application with it, as they seek to become ‘the Linux of the Cloud’. There’s also an in-depth chat with the founder of the developer-centric CloudBees, Sacha Labourey, as his company are currently making big noises with a variety of PaaS offerings and forging links with some vibrant technologies too (Jenkins anyone?). Red Hat has always been welcoming towards the idea of Cloud. We managed to grab a quick chat with JBoss Senior Director Mark Little to talk about their drive towards the Cloud with OpenShift. Plus Eric Schabell takes us on a tour of OpenShift. Finally, Jeastic's Judah Johns explains why he thinks 2012 is the banner year of PaaS. Hopefully, this issue will provide some refreshing insights into the relationship between Java and the Cloud and if you need to make a decision on which platform to choose, you’ll be able to make an informed call.

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