PaaS partnership with potential

VMware's Cloud Foundry turns to Jaspersoft for business analytics

It can't have escaped your attention that cloud platforms are currently jockeying for position by trying to acquire as many capabilities as possible to entice new developers to their offering. Consequently, almost daily partnerships are announced detailing new integrations with the most popular PaaS options around - OpenShift and CloudBees just to name two.

One such announcement this week from VMware's Cloud Foundry could however give them the edge. Business intelligence leader Jaspersoft revealed that they were providing an open source version of their flagship Jaspersoft BI Suite, pre-configured for Cloud Foundry users, meaning a fully fleshed-out BI experience for the users.

In greater detail, this will enable Cloud Foundry users to gain native access to NoSQL database solution MongoDB, support for Cassandra, as well as MySQL relational databases. All of this with Big Data in mind of course.

Currently, Jaspersoft are recommending the locally-run Micro Cloud Foundry as the best place to test their capabilities and get optimal value, with Cloud Foundry being in beta.

We talked to Karl Van Der Bergh, Jaspersoft Vice President of Product and Alliances about this outreach to the Cloud Foundry community, which he was obviously excited about. He first told us what Jaspersoft's plans were for PaaS:

We see Platform-as-a-Service as the platform as the future and our strategy is to partner with the leading providers and become the de-facto analytics service within PaaS. In the world of Big Data-driven applications, business intelligence analytics are extremely important.

Right now, it's just a community server. It's not about revenue at the moment - it's too early for that, it's really about getting developer mindshare.

This isn't the first partnership unveiled by Jaspersoft, previously announcing a partnership with Red Hat in January to be part of OpenShift, and targetting two thriving cloud platform communities first seems like a shrewd move to get everyone talking about their integration.

Van Der Bergh added:

We're still learning. It's all about getting feedback from what they (Cloud Foundry community) do and optimise their experience. We're alone for now, but we don't expect to be alone for long before other BI providers to realise potential and start investing.

We decided to work with Cloud Foundry because of the big Java links with the Spring community, and of course Red Hat with JBoss. It's just logical.

We applaud this too - recently there's been a lot of talk of Big Data analytics (notably in IBM's acquistion of Vivisimo), and leaving an indelible mark first is bound to count for something. Jaspersoft are a pretty small company currently, and by nailing these partnerships first, it could lead to greater things down the line.

For a company supposedly jabbing at other open source initiatives, VMware appear to be keeping tabs on upcoming open source, especially where in-beta Cloud Foundry is concerned - it's pretty much the only way to generate a large enough following behind the product. 

Jaspersoft's business model puts them in good position when competing against other BI vendors - they've got a strong PaaS background by understand developers and the latest technologies that are becoming ever more important, and they've jumped in first. Not to mention their Big Data Index, which gives them the edge in that department as well. We think that their native MongoDB connector could be pivotal too - other BI vendors have to go through a longer process to utilise the popular NoSQL solution.

Van Der Bergh also noted that Jaspersoft had been active in showcasing their technologies, hosting community events in the US and Europe to educate the likes of VMware.

We're excited to see what other Jaspersoft features will be released into the Cloud Foundry community after the initial core offering.  For more information on Jaspersoft’s new BI for PaaS offering, please visit their site and view the Jaspersoft/VMware webinar as well. Like what you see? Venture over to JasperForge to download.

Chris Mayer

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