CloudBees Acquire Stax Interview

With Stax, we can now accelerate our [email protected] PaaS to market.

Jessica Thornsby

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’ [email protected] strategy?

Sacha Labourey: We’ve already begun creating our own platform, but with Stax, we can now accelerate our [email protected] 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: 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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