The buzz around CloudBees isn't going away

CloudBees reveal ten-fold increase in customers for 2011

Chris Mayer

Many enterprises are caught up in the CloudBees buzz, as they release details of their bumper year in 2011. What does 2012 hold for CloudBees?

CloudBees, Inc., the Java Platform as a Service (PaaS) innovation leader announced this week just how much the company had grown, by increasing platform services subscriptions by a factor of 10 in 2011 compared to 2010

This growth reflects the rapid acceptance and adoption of the CloudBees’ PaaS for complete, end-to-end Java application development and deployment, and also shows how far the company has come in the past 12 months.

Several big milestones were reached last year, and CloudBees used two releases as representative bookends for their speedy progression to becoming one of the most talked about start-ups going.

In January of 2011, CloudBees became the first Java PaaS to become generally available, covering the complete Java application development-to-deployment lifecycle. Right at the end of the year, they unveiled Jenkins Enterprise, bringing a commerical version and total support for the array of global companies that use the popular continuous server. This was no doubt facilitated by Jenkins creator, Kohsuke Kawaguchi and the team of Jenkins committers at CloudBees disposal – providing the expertise needed for the operation.

The middle of the year wasn’t bad either. There was also the CloudBees announcement at JAXConf of a partnership with five companies (Cloudant, JFrog, New Relic, SonaSource and Sauce Labs) to create a cloud-based ecosystem called the Cloudbees Partner Ecosystem. It was exactly the right time to do it, given that everyone had sat up and took notice of CloudBees. The most attentive appeared to be Lightspeed Venture Partners who pumped in funding in July.

Additionally, CloudBees received several high-profile industry awards at the start of 2012: CloudBees was awarded InfoWorld’s Technology of the Year for Leading Java Cloud Offering CloudBees was recognised by Network World as one of the 9 hot technology startups to watch in 2012 CloudBees received an honorable mention from Dr. Dobb’s for the Jolt Awards: Coding Tools. 

CloudBees further deepened its support for Java in 2011, announcing another industry first: the release of full support for developing and deploying applications using the Java EE 6 Web Profile.

The customer appraisals show you how highly CloudBees’ support is rated.

‘We are processing 25,000 requests per minute for Web page loads. Thanks to CloudBees, I have managed to avoid hiring a full-time systems admin to support what would be equivalent to 25 in-house servers,’ said Charles Teague, CEO, Lose It!, the popular weight loss application.

CloudBees is showing momentum in the market and is saving many hours, dollars, and effort for Lose It! We are realising value in terms of lower infrastructure maintenance costs, productivity and access to the computing resources we need, when we need them.’

CloudBees founder Sacha Labourey recently admitted that he didn’t think cloud computing was all that, until he realised that the much-maligned and hollow buzzword could have potential with middleware. He gave an insight into why CloudBees have become so popular:

The market is realizing the value CloudBees’ PaaS provides in terms of leveraging the cloud as a development accelerator and enabling developers to be more productive – eliminating the friction and ongoing hassles of maintaining infrastructure, and supporting the entire application lifecycle.

The ability to develop and deploy a production application – and an entire business – without the in-house infrastructure investment or ongoing maintenance hassles is what we brought to the market in 2011. It was truly a monumental year for CloudBees. We raised our series B round of funding, added horsepower to our executive team, signed on many new customers, and even lowered the cost of our PaaS development services, due to the efficiencies we have developed into our platform. The list goes on. In short, we have established CloudBees in the PaaS market, and I look forward to continuing our growth and success in 2012.’ 

We echo Sacha’s sentiments here. They’re running for a seat on the JCP Executive Committee and would be a perfect choice given how far they’ve pushed the boundaries of cloud platforms. It’s a hive of activity (no more apiary-based puns, promise) for cloud and we’re excited to see what CloudBees has in store for 2012.

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