Acquia's Jim Shaw discusses the cloud and that today’s web applications face very real challenges to deployment. Websites are incredibly content rich, highly dynamic, and subject to massive swings in load because of anything from content gone viral to the death of a celebrity.
Today's web applications face very real challenges to deployment. Websites are incredibly content rich, highly dynamic, and subject to massive swings in load because of anything from content gone viral to the death of a celebrity.
Putting a CMS in the cloud addresses the scalability issue--at least, in theory. The cloud must be optimized for the application to get its full benefit. It doesn't matter that three servers are ready to catch extra traffic if they're not configured to do so. Further, a cloud platform that's not configured to match the CMS's particular needs will have to work much harder than it needs to, resulting in higher loads than is really needed to serve the traffic. For example, it makes sense to cache static content: But will the cloud be able to tell the difference between a user who's signed into the application (and therefore receives dynamic content) and one who isn't?
Anyone who thinks cloud isn't displacing jobs should talk with Dries Buytaert, co-founder and CTO of Acquia, a Drupal-based PaaS. During a panel on the future of cloud, he said one of the largest media and entertainment companies has moved a bunch of sites to the Acquia service and let go the "entire IT team" that was running those sites. Word to the wise: If your job title is "Web master" at Acme Corp., watch out.
It won’t surprise anyone to hear that established companies aren’t moving their most important apps and data to the cloud — at least not yet — but, we got confirmation on that from some of the leading cloud vendors and some of the most progressive cloud adopters, who all gathered this week at the Structure Conference in San Francisco to talk about the state of the cloud.
SaaS vendors are looking to lock customers in to long term contracts with no exit strategy, says Jim Shaw, who argues that a new model, OpenSaas, could be the answer.
One of cloud’s best kept secrets is the lack of portability for applications delivered using the Software as a Service (SaaS) model. Many resellers help companies sign up for SaaS applications with the belief that it'll be easy for them to migrate to another if they need to. But that runs against the plans of the SaaS vendors, who look for long-term agreements to lock customers in by providing no exit strategy. A new model, called OpenSaas, is the answer.
Acquia's Bryan House, VP Product Marketing, discusses OpenSaaS and its ability to enable organizations to focus on their core competencies, without sacrificing control over the web experiences that propel their business.
Acquia, a commercial open source “social publishing” solution for corporations using Drupal, has partnered with Engine Yard, a provider of Ruby on Rails web development framework.
With this partnership, both companies (each which is considered a PaaS, or platform-as-a-service) will be able to offer publishers who use Drupal and Ruby on Rails a one-call solution at the “database level, operating system level, web server level and the application level,” says Bryan House, the VP of marketing with Acquia.
Red Hat isn’t the only open source provider pursuing the Platform-as-a-Service market for developers.
This week, Acquia and Engine Yard announced they have joined forces to create a cloud service for Drupal and Ruby on Rails. The new fully managed PaaS will incorporate Acquia’s open source web content management system based on Drupal and Engine Yard’s Ruby on Rails development platform for the cloud.