I had downloaded cloud foundry when it was announced but did little with it. I might have a closer look again.
Sometimes it is a little too artificial. You are right though, if you give most writers an interesting hook, they will use it and then recite the remainder of your pitch deck almost verbatim (as in this case)
Edit: Just saw that AppFog offers a wider range of technologies than the CloudFoundry page mentions.
Also if Redis was left as a completely open source affair is thanks to both.
I am also quite amazed that a team of 6 was able to build this seemingly complex product.
The bigger problem that needed fixing was how to make the hardware scale transparently. I don't have any solutions to this of course. But I do imagine that someday, a good team might build transparent virtualization that scales over a network of connected nodes without having to code this explicitly.
Unfortunately physics simply won't permit transparent scaling of workloads across nodes. For any application involving communication between parts (anything not "embarrassingly parallel") messaging between the parts gets slower and harder as the parts get further away and there are more of them communicating. 1000 nodes have a million possible connections between them, so you can't directly wire them. You need a switching fabric, so your messages have to deal with multiple hops and contention -- slower and harder.
and Strobe for sproutcore is now facebooked i suppose
Maritz says VMware doesn’t have a concentrate plan for making money from Cloud Foundry. “A leap of faith,” he calls it.
I imagine the obvious business model though is to position themselves as the world experts on this platform and provide hosting and support to enterprise customers that would rather pay a premium for peace of mind as opposed to startups that would shop around for the cheapest option.
It's like asking why is Internet Explorer free ... because it traps businesses into requiring Windows on their desktops to run all those pesky IE6-only webapps.
When we needed a staging environment, it was just an `af push` away.
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