Ex-Sun Employees Launch PaaS Beta

CumuLogic PaaS: the iTunes Paradigm for the Cloud

Jessica Thornsby

“It’s pretty much the same paradigm of iTunes for application infrastructure components, for cloud environments.”

CumuLogic, whose Technical Advisory Board includes ex-Sun Microsystems employees James Gosling and former CIO Bill Vass, recently announced the beta of their PaaS solution. The beta currently supports VMware vSphere,’s Cloudstack and Eucalyptus, with support for OpenStack planned. In this interview, we speak to CumuLogic founder Rajesh Ramchandani, on what makes their solution stand out on the PaaS market.

JAXenter: You recently announced the public beta of your new PaaS solution. What functionality is included in this release?

Rajesh Ramchandani: In this release, CumuLogic PaaS has enough functionality to build and test/QA environments on VMware or other private clouds and also Amazon EC2. This release also provides monitoring and autoscaling to support tier-2 and tier-3 applications. I believe that developers and IT administrators will get a feel for how powerful PaaS can be and will see how management is greatly simplified.

JAXenter: What sets CumuLogic’s PaaS apart from other PaaS offerings?

Rajesh: Enterprise applications are our design center and hence our platform is architected to suit the IT needs of medium/large enterprises. With CumuLogic’s private PaaS solution every user has an isolated PaaS environment – unlike other PaaS solutions where everything is shared between users. Our solution provides application isolation and better security and reliability.

CumuLogic also allows mix-and-match of infrastructure components, so users can choose the best components for their application based on scalability requirements. And with CumuLogic PaaS, you can build a scalable PaaS on both on-premise private clouds and public clouds, and maintain a single application platform which will help you streamline application infrastructure management in clouds and save money.

We’ve built a Cloud Service Catalog so users receive automatic updates and new infrastructure software delivered to their private clouds or public cloud deployments as updates and new components become available. It’s pretty much the same paradigm of iTunes for application infrastructure components, for cloud environments. The catalog takes a lot of the complexity of managing patches and updates out of the equation, so the tasks that used to be manual are now automated.

JAXenter: What area of the PaaS market, is CumuLogic targeting?

Rajesh: Our PaaS is primarily designed for medium-to-large enterprises who have investments in Java and prefer to primarily use private clouds, and leverage public clouds for specific workloads – for example Test/QA workloads. We are also looking to provide PaaS technology to Cloud Providers and telcos who cater to enterprise customers.

JAXenter: What platforms and technologies does CumuLogic PaaS support?

Rajesh: The platform provides support for traditional middleware components as well as modern infrastructure software such as NoSQL databases so developers can develop next generation, modern cloud-based applications. We support open source stacks and middleware components from Red Hat, IBM, Apache, MySQL, and MongoDB, and we continue to add new components based on customer requirements.

CumuLogic PaaS is tightly integrated with CloudStack, Eucalyptus, and VMware private clouds with OpenStack support coming soon. Our PaaS also runs on Amazon EC2.

JAXenter: How do you envision CumuLogic evolving, over the next few releases?

Rajesh: We currently have a rolling beta so we can quickly incorporate customers’ feedback in a timely fashion and make incremental improvements available to our beta customers. So far, feedback has been very positive and we intend to deliver a state-of-the-art PaaS solution by the time we’re ready for general availability.

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