DotCloud Officially Launches, Ready to Take on Any Stack

DotCloud, the PaaS provider that angles to offer a single platform interface for any stack, has gone public with its service, officially exiting the private beta stage.  Developers and IT organizations can use DotCloud to deploy applications across the globe, utilizing the company’s new run-time services, which aim to improve scalability with a unique set of capabilities.

For now, DotCloud is supporting 12 stacks and databases upon launch, enabling businesses to initiate, complete and auto-manage deployment environments.  There’s support for PHP, Ruby, Python, Perl, Java, MySQL, MongoDB and more, extending a range of languages for developers seeking a unified tool to manage their applications.

The critical issue DotCloud is looking to resolve is having to run and manage multiple stacks for varied technologies.  Freeing up time and centralizing machines, DotCloud’s solution minimizes the risks that come with having to get varied stacks to work together, all through its interfaced platform.  It comes with a common management and monitoring system, consolidating a good amount of the IT work that goes into running applications in the cloud.  DotCloud, like many other PaaS startups, wants to downsize fragmentation amongst cloud services and application deployment, handling the varied environments on your behalf.

“Cloud computing has had a huge impact on how companies build and manage their infrastructure, but we are still in the early phases of this revolution” said Solomon Hykes, co-founder and CEO of DotCloud. “With DotCloud, cloud computing and PaaS are making a huge stride forward—for the first time enabling companies to innovate with new development stacks without increasing complexity and cost in their architecture.”

As mentioned, there are a couple of shiny new features that come with DotCloud’s major launch.  High Availability means that applications built on DotCloud can automatically span multiple availability zones and datacenters, making a seamless distribution of traffic between locations, and providing automated failover.  There’s also Dynamic Scaling, which addresses the other issue faced by many developers today.  As traffic to a stack or database goes up, it can be difficult to allocate resources to handle the effect, but DotCloud monitors and automates part of the processes around this, easing the task of allocating resources to ensure you can effectively handle the load.

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Following the trend of several startups in the cloud industry, DotCloud is a virtualized service, cirvumventing hardware and infrastructure changes.  Based in San Francisco with $10 million in backing from Bechmark Capital and Trinity Ventures, DotCloud was founded last year, and has spent the past several months developing its initial product offering.

In today’s rather competitive world, DotCloud must rely on its differentiated take on platform provisions and cloud-based management, especially as so many companies put forth their own solution for a similar problem.  And though DotCloud’s been in private beta for some time, it’s been rather busy working to grow its team and technology.  MongoDB support was included in DotCloud’s roundup when the company acquired Duostack, a step that ensured DotCloud’s dedication to extending stack support in order to become a truly agnostic solution for today’s developer needs.

Kristen Nicole

Named by Forbes as a top influencer in Big Data, Kristen Nicole is currently a Senior Editor at got her start with 606tech, a Chicago blog she dedicated to the social media space, going on to become the lead writer and Field Editor at Mashable.

Kristen Nicole has also contributed to other publications, from TIME Techland to Forbes. Her work has been syndicated across a number of media outlets, including The New York Times, and MSNBC.

Kristen Nicole published her first book, The Twitter Survival Guide, and is currently completing her second book on predictive analytics.


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