CloudBees is the only cloud company focused on servicing the complete develop-to-deploy lifecycle of Java web applications in the cloud – where customers do not have to worry about servers, virtual machines or IT staff. The CloudBees platform today includes DEV@cloud, a service that lets developers take their build and test environments to the cloud, and RUN@cloud, which lets teams seamlessly deploy these applications to production on the cloud.
On Dec 14th, we announced the acquisition of Stax Networks. Yesterday, Spike (Founder of Stax Networks) and myself hosted a webinar where we dove into the details of what the integrated platform would offer and demoed what developing, building and deploying on the CloudBees cloud would look like.
For those of you who couldn't attend here are some resources:
There were numerous questions asked in the webinar, which we said we would provide answers to in the blog. So here it goes:
Q: How do Stax accounts migrate to the new DEV@cloud?
A: When the integrated platform is released – Stax accounts will be migrated into the CloudBees infrastructure. At this point, Stax users will need to enter a new password, after which the Stax apps and databases will show up in the CloudBees panel. At this point, Stax users will also be able to use the DEV@cloud services.
Stax users who want to start using the DEV@cloud service right away can create an account on CloudBees today. In this case, we will provide a mechanism to merge your accounts.
Q: For existing Apps on Stax, will they continue "as is" and can we still directly deploy .war files via STAX for existing Apps?
A: Yes, existing Stax users can keep continue working with their apps as they always have.
When the Stax platform is integrated with CloudBees, current customers will be able to put their code into the CloudBees DEV@cloud Continuous Integration system, and from here publish their application on the Stax PaaS, which will be integrated into the RUN@cloud platform that CloudBees has been working on. Stax customers will now be able to do everything – develop, build, test and deploy – in the cloud.
Note: the capability to hook into DEV@cloud will be optional, you can still use exclusively one or the other service, this is really à la carte.
Q: Pricing for existing Stax accounts?
A: We are working on an updated pricing – so please stay tuned.
Q: On the architecture diagram what is provided in the box "watch code"?
A: This cycle is really handled by our Hudson as a Service offering, providing continuous integration in the cloud. As shown during the webcast demo, as soon as some code is modified in your code repository, a notification can be sent immediately to your Hudson instance so that it initiates proper build and test activities, possibly followed by a live-deployment onto the RUN@cloud platform.
Hudson being a highly plugable platform, you can extend it thanks to the very long list of available plugins.
Q: What about remote JVM debugging in the cloud? A: We currently do not currently support this scenario but are considering options on how to best implement. it When running in the cloud, you may be running across various servers, but you can only connect to one at a time with a debugger, which doesn't fit the standard debugger model. We are also thinking about a "debug mode" where specific requests would be sent to a specific node to which a debugger could be attached. If you have specific ideas or requirements, let us know.
If you need that feature today, you can however use our SDK - which contains a full fledged runtime environment - and debug application locally in an environment very similar to the servers deployed in the cloud.
Stax Networks was the first company to deliver a full fledged Java PaaS back in 2008. Since then, more than 3’000 applications have been deployed to it, with some customers such as Lose It! running more than 5’000 transactions a minute on it. Founders of Stax Networks include JJ Allaire (founder of Allaire Corp, acquired by Macromedia) and Spike Washburn (founding member of the WebSphere team, then JRun). The Stax Networks team has now joined CloudBees.
What that means is that CloudBees is now the first and only JVM-based PaaS that spans the entire application lifecycle, from development, build, test to production, in a completely integrated fashion, in the cloud. This clearly positions CloudBees as the PaaS innovation leader.