June 20, 2012
Merchpin and Koofers choose AppFog to simplify application deployment
SAN FRANCISCO, June 20 — AppFog, the leading cloud Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) for developers who use multiple cloud platforms, today announced they are empowering a new generation of developers with multi-language PaaS allowing users to avoid vendor lock-in while deploying and scaling their applications economically.
AppFog's PaaS technology now allows developers to seamlessly migrate their applications between cloud providers or move to on-premise with no code changes, eliminating the concern of vendor lock-in.
"For the past several years, I have been bullish on PaaS as the future of cloud services," said Krishnan Subramanian, principal analyst at Rishidot Research. "If cloud is about abstracting away complexity, it only makes sense to go up one layer above infrastructure and abstract away all the complexity underneath the application development platform. However, when choosing a PaaS solution, it is important to ensure that the users are not locked into any particular infrastructure so they can move their application and data anywhere they want."
Avoiding Vendor Lock-in
The AppFog PaaS supports Azure, AWS, HP Cloud and more, so that deploying and moving apps between cloud vendors has never been easier.
Merchpin is a self-service merchandizing platform for brands and marketers that is 100 percent built on AppFog. Matthew Knight, founder and CEO of Merchpin recalls his first experience with AppFog, "My biggest worry throughout development was how we would scale the app, and handle the caching layer. I thought I was going to have to seek out funding to hire a system administrator to develop a stack to support the application. Imagine my delight when my friend pointed me to AppFog. I went home and signed on to the service that night. I had my app up and running within 20 minutes and most importantly saved myself more than three months of platform and server engineering time."
Koofers, a social learning company, is migrating its application to AppFog from a large self-managed environment at AWS that is complex to maintain. "We had a lot of custom code associated with our AWS installation, so we felt married to its stack," said Patrick Gartlan, co-founder and CTO at Koofers. "Luckily, we found AppFog and it alleviated a lot of worry for us. The beauty of AppFog is that the infrastructure of the cloud and its underlying software stack is no longer our problem. We're not system administrators, we are developers and we want to spend time innovating and writing code – so this gives us a no-ops approach at a great price that lets us reduce costs while scaling our app to the next level."
"When you are building modern applications, dependencies on locked-in platforms can be a kiss of death as you are beholden to bad price changes, and outages," said Lucas Carlson, founder and CEO of AppFog. "At AppFog, we're champions for the developer. We know developers need the freedom to not only deploy their apps where they are best deployed – but also to be able to move those apps should conditions change. Portability for your app is and should be a requirement for the selection of any Cloud vendor."
AppFog is a complete cloud-based PaaS solution used by tens of thousands of developers to quickly and easily deploy applications to the cloud. By collaborating with its users to understand pain points, AppFog has delivered an innovative platform, supporting PHP, Python, Ruby, Java, Node.js, .NET and Perl, that automates the deployment, scaling and management of cloud applications, so developers can focus on their code. Backed by a strong user community, the company is known for its rock-solid service and support along with its commitment to the open source Cloud Foundry project.
AppFog, Inc. is the creator of leading platform-as-a-service products AppFog and PHP Fog. With robust multi-language and multi-infrastructure support, AppFog is the leading modern and agnostic PaaS, while PHP Fog is the best PHP PaaS on the market today. Used by developers worldwide to deploy tens of thousands of applications, AppFog's products make developers' lives easier by delivering a reliable, scalable and fast managed platform for deploying applications in the cloud. AppFog is a private company headquartered in Portland, Oregon. To learn more, visit http://www.appfog.com.
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