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CloudBees adds new partners for its Java ecosystem

Chris Mayer

As the race for Java cloud platform superiority heats up, CloudBees calls on HP, Foxweave, Logentries, EnterpriseDB, and Librato to widen their tool options

With the growing number of Java platform-as-a-service providers fighting for the position of definitive cloud platform, we’ve seen a number of recent advances from each of the key players.

The majority of these moves have been through forging partnerships with Java tool specialists – VMware’s Cloud Foundry and Red Hat’s OpenShift have been the most active here, nailing deals with smaller firms. It benefits both sides – the smaller firms boost their profiles by getting their lovingly-crafted technology within the platform, whilst the host can offer boast a bigger toolbox for the user to develop Java-coded web apps. 

First out of the blocks though were CloudBees, establishing a fairly impressive roster of partners in their ecosystem with the likes of AppDynamics, New Relic and JFrog already pledging allegiance. Now, they’ve made further steps, adding in some more big names to ease building, testing and deployment of Java applications.

Amongst those offering their enterprise-level services as part of CloudBees are HP, who will donate their application lifecycle management tool. The reasoning behind this is to harness the power of the Jenkins CI server to make administration tasks a doddle.

Others that have followed suit include metric monitor Librato, database-as-a-service pioneers EnterpriseDB (bringing Postgres into the mix), data integration synchronisers FoxWeave and Logentries, who are experts in real-time log management.

“We are pleased to have Librato join the CloudBees Ecosystem,” said Andrew Lee, vice president of business development, CloudBees. “The goal of our Ecosystem is to provide an array of the most innovative, feature-rich Java services available to CloudBees Platform users. As Librato users ourselves, we can attest to Librato’s ability to keep tabs on all aspects of application-specific health status, post-deployment, providing developers with an easy way to monitor the health of the apps they develop and deploy on the CloudBees Platform.”

Interestingly, another new convert is CloudMine, providing server-side components out-of-the-box allowing mobile developers to focus on making the best apps they can. Having only jumped out of beta back in June, CloudMine seem to already be making good headway in attracting potential suitors. By teaming up with the PaaS providers, users can utilise the ready-made scaffolding for developing a web app, opening up CloudBees to less savvy Java developers.

Brendan McCorkle, Cloudmine’s CEO, said: “CloudMine is happy to integrate with CloudBees, liberating developers from maintaining databases and servers. CloudBees provides the robust platform needed to deploy JVM-based applications in the cloud. CloudMine then adds a suite of mobile-specific functionality so applications can be used on a user-defined device of choice.”

By extending the reach of the platform through these link-ups, CloudBees is helping developers get more bang for their buck and making it easier for newcomers to deploying their Java apps to the cloud.

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