Wednesday, June 18, 2008

JBoss trying to reach for the clouds

JBoss have just announced a hosted offering on Amazon EC2. This is pretty similar to Sun’s announcement at JavaOne . JBoss are offering a monthly hosting plan plus a premium on the server time you use. I’ll be interested to see how this works out for them. My feeling right now is every OS and platform vendor will be offering a similar package in the next 6-12 months and then we'll realise that we want to avoid vendor lock-in... again.

We piloted a hosted offering almost a year ago, called MuleOnDemand, but felt we were too early to the table. Now we have a partnership with CohesiveFT (whom I’ve blogged about before), which means Mule users can already compose Mule-based applications online deploy them to Amazon EC2 as well as grab a VM image in any of the major formats from VMWare, XenSource, IBM, SUN, Oracle and Parallels.