CloudBees Acquire Stax Interview

With Stax, we can now accelerate our RUN@cloud PaaS to market.

Jessica Thornsby
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Now customers will be able to do everything – develop, build, test and deploy – in the cloud.

Hot on the heels of its acqusition
of InfraDNA
, CloudBees have announced another acquisition: this
time,
PaaS company Stax Networks
. JAXenter spoke to founder and CEO
of CloudBees, Sacha Labourey, to find out what this latest
acquisition means for the company……

JAXenter: How does the acquisition of Stax
Networks, impact CloudBees’ RUN@cloudPaaS strategy?

Sacha Labourey: We’ve already begun creating
our own platform, but with Stax, we can now accelerate our
RUN@cloud PaaS to market — by January, in fact. When this happens,
CloudBees will be the only provider of a complete development to
production offering for cloud environments. CloudBees is clearly
the innovation leader.

JAXenter: What value will Stax Networks
technology add for CloudBees customers?

Sacha Labourey: Our beta customers were already
enjoying a simple application development experience without IT
concerns like servers or operating systems. By integrating with the
Stax platform, the other part of the puzzle – actually deploying
java applications to the cloud – is solved. Now customers will be
able to do everything – develop, build, test and deploy – in the
cloud.

JAXenter: How does CloudBees’ PaaS strategy
differ from the competition, for example Google App Engine and
VMForce?

Sacha Labourey: Both VMware and Google suffer
from a lack of focus on providing a full solution to Java
developers – either crippling certain features, or locking them
into a specific run-time environment. Google App Engine has an
offering for low-end Java applications, with lots of restrictions.
As for VMForce, this is really open source lipstick on top of a
highly proprietary platform: Salesforce.com and its proprietary
APIs, proprietary services, etc. Plus, this is still vaporware at
this point. We, on the other hand, have both a development AND
production offering that is usable today, is truly open and is not
crippled with restrictions against developers.

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