Having PaaS Your Way

Michael Vizard

Moving to a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) in the cloud shouldn't be an unnatural act for developers. And yet time and again, providers of PaaS want developers to make specific adjustments to their code so that it can run in their environments.

At the JavaOne conference today, Hivext Technologies plans to confront this issue directly with the beta release of a Jelastic PaaS for Java applications, exclusively available from Servint in North America. Jelastic is specifically designed to run Java applications transparently in the cloud without requiring developers to invoke specific application programming interfaces within their applications.

According to company CEO Ruslan Synytskyy, Hivext is trying to distinguish itself in a crowded PaaS field by providing a platform that seamlessly adjusts to the way they work, rather than trying to force developers to change their behavior and the behavior of their code to make use of a PaaS.

This is significant because one of the issues that many IT organizations have with PaaS is that there is very little in the way of an on-boarding process for developers, and the workflow environment tends to be rudimentary.

Synytskyy says Jelastic is designed to allow IT organizations to move their entire Java development environment, including middleware and workflow process management tools, to a cloud platform.

As Synytskyy notes, PaaS should adapt to the way developers want to work, rather than forcing developers to adapt to the platform. Or in other words, it's time developers had cloud computing their way.

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