Cloud services firm Canopy is readying a new platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering based on Cloud Foundry, with the aim of helping enterprise customers move towards a cloud-based model for delivering new applications and services.
Unveiled today at the Cloud Foundry Summit in San Francisco, Canopy Cloud Fabric will help businesses deliver new and better digital experiences for customers faster than their competitors, the firm said.
Due to be available as a hosted service or for private cloud deployment, Cloud Fabric is currently in beta and due for general availability within six weeks.
Canopy was formed in 2012 as a partnership between IT services firm Atos, VMware and VMware parent company EMC.
It is possibly no surprise, then, that the firm has chosen Pivotal's commercial build of the Cloud Foundry framework to deliver its new PaaS offering, as Pivotal itself was a spin-off from VMware and EMC.
However, Canopy's senior vice president for PaaS, Darren Ratcliffe, told V3 that the firm settled on Cloud Foundry for sound reasons.
"It would be easy to conclude that Canopy would choose Cloud Foundry because it was formerly a VMware product, but in reality we've been looking at the enterprise PaaS space and looking for a product that would tick many of the boxes that an enterprise has been looking for, and we chose to work with Pivotal because of its focus on taking the open source Cloud Foundry and packaging it as a fully supported enterprise-class product," he said.
However, Pivotal's commercial build of Cloud Foundry continues to be a highly extensible platform where customers can select the programming language, the application middleware runtimes and the database services that are right for them, Ratcliffe added.
Canopy will also offer Cloud Fabric in three deployment models to suit customer preference, comprising fully private, either from the customer's data centre or hosted by Canopy; a virtual private model where a dedicated instance of Cloud Fabric runs on a shared cloud platform such as VMware's vCloud Hybrid Service; or a fully multi-tenanted public cloud version.
The whole purpose of Cloud Fabric is to enable new, more flexible development options for customers, according to Ratcliffe.
He cited one engineering customer which is working with a pilot deployment of the platform to collect data from sensors in the machinery it sells to customers.
"Based on that they can run algorithms to predict hardware failures, and they are evolving a new business model which allows them to go into a customer and offer a predictive maintenance plan where they cut costs by minimising their spares holding," Ratcliffe said.
Canopy is more than just a cloud service provider, he added, and has a full range of consulting and services options to help customers move towards a more DevOps-oriented model and evolve their traditional development techniques, he said.
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