|By Maureen O'Gara||
|June 28, 2013 09:00 AM EDT||
Microsoft and Engine Yard, the Platform-as-a-Service, announced a strategic alliance Wednesday to deliver a commercial-grade open source-based platform on top of Windows Azure's on-demand infrastructure.
Engine Yard Cloud will be available in the Azure Marketplace beginning July 31.
It's supposed to suit everyone from the smallest start-up to the largest enterprise. Developers who use open source languages and frameworks will be able to take advantage of the widgetry to create and deploy modern web and mobile apps more easily.
Engine Yard said it is delivering on its multi-cloud vision by bringing its automation and orchestration, as well as its expertise in open source cloud application development frameworks, to Azure. It's set to come with an enhanced and modern user interface and advances in its new cluster model supporting applications, databases and load balancers for faster provisioning, configuration and deployment.
The alliance with Microsoft will give developers a secure, compliant platform that has a range of price points and features, while reducing the risk of relying on a single infrastructure.
Enterprises, including existing Azure customers, will have access to Engine Yard and its DevOps team for cloud support services.
"Windows Azure is committed to openness and serving developers. By working with Engine Yard, we're further enabling developers who use open source languages and frameworks to take advantage of a leading cloud application platform to create and deploy modern web and mobile apps more easily," said Scott Guthrie, corporate VP, Windows Azure, at Microsoft in a statement. "We're pleased to offer customers a balance of automation and control when they deploy open source solutions in Linux virtual environments on Windows Azure."
Engine Yard, which is backed by Benchmark Capital, New Enterprise Associates, Oracle and Amazon, claims thousands of customers in 58 countries. Besides Azure, it competes with Google App Engine, Amazon's Elastic Beanstalk, Heroku, Cloud Foundry and OpenShift.