WSO2 launches Platform as a Service enabler software

3rd June 2010, Middleware maker presents enterprise PaaS

Java OSGi middleware maker WSO2 has launched a Platform as a Service (PaaS) maker for its users that seems to seriously fuzz the line between PaaS and development platform. WSO2 Stratos lives inside a user's cloud environment -- be it EC2, Eucalyptus or stock virtualization like VMware's ESX -- and delivers most of WSO2's Carbon middleware suite preconfigured to run with "all the inherent benefits of a true cloud-native environment," like resource monitoring and billing, multi-tenancy for applications and automated elasticity.

Stratos can turn your cloud into a PaaS environment, so it may be appealing to the high-tech developer crowd. What's more, it's open source and free, although for $17,500, WSO2 will provide "an engineering team on-site for a week to deploy WSO2 Stratos on either Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud or the customer's existing cloud infrastructure."

WS02 also promises Stratos gives you freedom from lock-in with those pesky outside PaaS providers like EngineYard or Azure...provided you love Java OSGi and actually want to run your own servers.

NetSuite delivers manufacturing vertical SaaS from Rootstock

Gadget-plant software maker Rootstock Software has successfully ported its line of factory-floor software -- everything from shop floor workflow to engineering control and inventory and sales -- into Software as a Service (SaaS) provider NetSuite. NetSuite said Rootstock's MRP tools would be a boon for the medium-sized goods maker and allow them to more easily get advanced planning features without costly on-premise applications.

This is a bold move by NetSuite, since stuff-makers are not compute or Internet-intense businesses and the market is pretty well consolidated -- there's not a lot of innovation needed on the shop floor in today's high-production era. It's also a bold move by Rootstock, which makes its money selling software, not services. The company says its sees advantages in NetSuite's direct sales business and the fact that its ERP tools were a close fit to Rootstock's own model.