But some of Azure’s newest partners are already explaining why they’re interested in the technology.
Azure Web sites “brings support for more language bindings for different code and services,” said AppFog CEO Lucas Carlson. (AppFog, interestingly, is built on top of VMware’s Cloud Foundry platform.)
Carlson said by enabling AppFog to run on top of Azure Web Sites, AppFog will allow open-source developers to test drive and/or outright move apps hosted on other clouds from Amazon, HP, RackSpace and Joyent, to Azure with little more than the push of a button. That Azure version of AppFog is in private beta today, with public available coming soon, he said.
“Microsoft has fully realized how important it is to have a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) that can work on PHP, Node” and other open-source platforms and stacks, he said. At the same time, by working with Microsoft, AppFog gets access to the large community of .Net developers, too, he said.
Apprenda is now integrating directly with Azure in a way that it can “rope into Azure’s resources, all in a single pane of glass,” said Apprenda CEO Sinclair Schuller.
“We’re removing the public-private distinction,” he said. Apprenda Azure is in alpha now with select customers, and is adding more over time. The company expects its solution to be generally available in three months or so.
Until now, “you needed a Windows machine to deploy and the target was a Windows server or middleware service. With its June release, Microsoft has finally joined the mainstream by adding a full Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering that lets you deploy just about anything,” Staten said.