Platform-as-Infrastructure pioneer Jelastic has released PaI 2.2, which expands the turnkey cloud’s enterprise capabilities with broader language support and a new API. Following the release, ProgrammableWeb caught up with Jelastic to better understand the unique Platform-as-Infrastructure approach to the cloud and learn where Jelastic is headed.
For starters, we needed the 30-second elevator pitch on PaI. While most cloud products are driven by service-based models (e.g., PaaS, IaaS, SaaS), an infrastructure model seems counter to current trends. The Jelastic team responded:
Platform-as-Infrastructure describes an approach that simplifies the implementation and deployment of cloud solutions. PaI is the integration of IaaS and PaaS, two technologies that form the core of cloud computing. There is no good technical or business reason that IaaS and PaaS should be purchased from multiple vendors. In fact, when PaaS and IaaS are integrated, implementation of an enterprise private, public or hybrid cloud that is secure, scalable and highly available becomes simpler, faster and delivers more efficiency and better ROI.
Jelastic’s solution delivers enterprises every component needed to implement cloud. We install our software on bare-metal servers because we deliver everything from the OS through the container technology, infrastructure-as-a-service software, tools, analytics and billing all the way to the platform components. In this way, Jelastic delivers an integrated solution that still offers open interfaces and languages to our customers.
Building on the excellent explanation of PaI, we wanted to hone in on the idea that Jelastic makes cloud deployment quicker and simpler. Whenever such claims are made, there is little question that APIs drive this capability. Jelastic confirmed:
Jelastic is renowned for our graphical user interface. We have two management panels in the system — one for operations and one for developers (think DevOps). The Jelastic Cluster Admin panel for IT admins/operations allows the cluster to be managed and monitored, servers to be added and removed, and infrastructure management. The Developer dashboard allows developers to quickly set up and manage their application environments to quickly deploy scalable and highly available Java, PHP, Ruby, Python and Node.js applications. The developer dashboard is a self-management platform allowing agile development teams to define environments without IT intervention.
In 2.2, Jelastic is adding a comprehensive API to allow programmatic control of everything that can be done via the GUI. This was a request from ISVs and enterprises looking to integrate existing or new applications into the Jelastic solution.
Now that the technology is understood, perhaps the most intriguing aspect of Jelastic and its 2.2 release is its go-to-market strategy. With a direct sales force, a reseller channel and an ambitious OEM partner strategy, Jelastic is targeting most of the connected business world. The team described the current and anticipated market:
Jelastic targets large and medium enterprises looking to deploy private or hybrid clouds. In many cases, we encounter enterprises that are moving away from non-agile, expensive, traditional virtualization solutions like VMware to a private cloud. In other cases, we talk to customers that have investigated open source solutions and are experiencing difficulties in deployment and configuration. In all these cases we position Jelastic PaI as a rapid way to implement a comprehensive cloud solution that provides all of the scalability, security and availability features required by enterprises and allows “agile IT.”
In addition, Jelastic targets hosting service providers who are currently losing high-value ISVs and developers to other large public cloud providers. For those customers, we offer a turnkey solution to compete (and win) against Amazon.
A host of companies are already utilizing release 2.2. Jelastic was proud to announce successful trials and described the attractiveness of its single-vendor approach over the household names of the industry:
The hosting service providers in the press release are particularly excited about the Ruby functionality included in 2.2. Our Ruby implementation is the broadest in the industry, including support for all Ruby version, including RubyGems. From a performance point of view, Jelastic offers load balancing, with Unicorn and Passenger providing the industry’s best-performing Ruby environments. Elastx is delivering this solution to several media companies in Europe. These companies find that Jelastic’s solution offers considerable cost savings over other platforms due to our very granular billing where the user pays only for resources used. (E.g., with other public clouds a customer will buy “tiers” of resource. If an application needs to scale beyond a tier, the customer is charged for the full amount of the next tier — even if they are just going over Tier 1 by 10%. With Jelastic, the customer pays exactly for the resources used, not for tiers. Some customers have seen up to 72% savings over Amazon because of this.) Media customers with very variable workloads by date and time are perfect for truly elastic scalability and billing that Jelastic offers.
While Many tech startups less than 5 years old are yet to set their eyes on monetization. Instead, the short term goal for such companies remains building great products and increasing user base. Ahead of its time, Jelastic was clear about a single metric when it comes to gauging success: revenue
Jelastic’s PaI 2.2 is available now. Additionally, Jelastic has launched “The Most interesting Developer in the World Contest” to have some fun getting the PaI message to market. Monthly winners are picked from June to October.