Over the past few months, several PaaS providers have announced easy ways to build reliable, real-time web applications, by making the latest real-time technologies more accessible through their platforms. Most recently, DotCloud, a growing provider, helped to push this trend, with its announcement of DotCloud JS.
DotCloud's setup process is one of the simplest I've seen so far, with a quick-starter to get going in three steps. And in actuality, it's one step to start development, with the other two steps showing off the cool things you can do.
In detail, the service provides the following features:
- An open stack - based on NodeJS, MongoDB, Redis, websocket.
- Free deployment - with unlimited sandbox applications.
- A complete ecosystem - of 14 powerful cloud services via the dotCloud platform.
DotCloud CEO, Solomon Hykes, sees the trend in new technology, and a key opportunity in making PaaS go mainstream:
"You've got web apps, mobile apps, desktop apps, and all of them increasingly 'plug' into cloud services to add functionality - and in the process they are redefining the communication layer. It used to be HTTP everywhere - but now you have new transports (things like websocket, spdy, zeromq and myriads of custom transports), and new patterns (synchronization, pub-sub, rpc...) which are really pushing the envelope, and I think there's the opportunity to really simplify the way we plug these services together. In that sense dotCloud JS is just an experiment, but it's the first of many steps in that direction."
Although Solomon considers this a bit of an experiment, he is confident in the potential of this new service:
“With this release and our recent announcement of new pricing and support services, we are beginning to redefine the role of PaaS and its responsibility to developers and IT organizations...Cloud platforms are now a legitimate alternative for critical business applications.”
Best of luck to the DotCloud team in improving the quality of web apps, as you also make them easier to build.