AppScale was born at the University of California, Santa Barbara’s computer science department (Image: Google Cloud Platform Blog)

Google Tackles PaaS Lock-In Fears With AppScale Collaboration

Google is addressing one of the biggest potential knocks against Platform-as-a-Service through a collaboration with AppScale. AppScale makes it easy to migrate out of and run Google App Engine on any physical or cloud infrastructure.

By contributing engineers to drive compatibility and interoperability between App Engine and AppScale, Google is putting general PaaS lock-in fears to rest with respect to infrastructure.

However, AppScale still requires building applications to App Engine specifications, which means that some PaaS lock-in exists in terms of platform.

AppScale helps companies better serve customers that have custom integration requirements as well. Google proposes hybrid PaaS as a potential use case: A company could serve worldwide customers on AppEngine and better serve individual customers who need custom, private installations.

“We know how important flexibility is to you in the languages you write in, the deployment model you use, the tools you build with, and the infrastructure on which your software runs,” wrote Miles Ward, global head of solutions for Google Cloud Platform.

The big cloud providers want to enable at-home development on their platforms. Being able to take an app outside of the cloud isn’t a competitive threat, but a complement and enabler of hybrid scenarios. Similarly, Microsoft’s recently announced Azure Stack is an on-premises complement to its public cloud.

AppScale exposes a subset of the 1.8 App Engine AP, but Google is working with AppScale to make it compatible with the newest version 1.9.


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Jason Verge is an Editor/Industry Analyst on the Data Center Knowledge team with a strong background in the data center and Web hosting industries. In the past he’s covered all things Internet Infrastructure, including cloud (IaaS, PaaS and SaaS), mass market hosting, managed hosting, enterprise IT spending trends and M&A. He writes about a range of topics at DCK, with an emphasis on cloud hosting.

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