SpringSource, a Java application infrastructure and management software vendor, has introduced SpringSource Cloud Foundry, a new Enterprise Java Cloud offering that enables developers to deploy and manage Spring, Grails and Java applications within a public cloud environment. SpringSource is the first vendor to offer a self-service, pay-as-you-go, public cloud deployment platform for full-feature Java web applications that unifies the entire build, run and manage application lifecycle for Java. SpringSource's new offering enables deployment within a public cloud as a new option for enterprise Java applications. Cloud Foundry is based on SpringSource's recent acquisition of Cloud Foundry, Inc., an Oakland, Calif.-based software company. SpringSource Cloud Foundry is built on the open-source Cloud Tools project and extends SpringSource's solutions for building, deploying and managing Java applications to take full advantage of the power of elastic cloud computing. Cloud Foundry, now incorporated into SpringSource's product line, launches and automatically scales Java web applications in the cloud with a few clicks of the mouse.
Chris Richardson, head of cloud development at SpringSource, tells 5 Minute Briefing that "Cloud Foundry is a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) that runs on top of the Amazon EC2 cloud computing infrastructure and provides Java developers with a deployment platform on an optimally tuned Java stack. This deployment can happen on both external and internal clouds, and has default configurations that will give developers an initial running application without the assistance of systems administrators. All that is required is to have an account with Amazon Web Services, and then to login to the Cloud Foundry web site and begin the deployment process."
The new SpringSource Cloud Foundry offering leverages the strength of proven SpringSource technologies that accelerate the entire build, run and manage Java application lifecycle. SpringSource's lean approach to software is ideal for creating applications ultimately deployed in the cloud, and SpringSource's tc Server, based on Apache Tomcat, provides a lightweight container that is well suited for deploying Java web applications in the cloud.
The SpringSource Cloud Foundry Enterprise Java Cloud service is available in beta and is free to use. Pricing will be announced after an extended beta period and will follow standard cloud service pricing models. During the coming months, SpringSource will extend Cloud Foundry's capabilities with enhanced cloud management features and other services.