The cloud according to CloudBees

Posted by: Andrew Glover on December 21, 2010

The notion of the cloud has certainly evolved from some abstract definition of shared resources into a model whereby infrastructures have differentiated themselves from platforms. That is, while one might group Amazon and Google into cloud providers, their solutions are vastly different. AWS remains an infrastructure as a service while GAE is a platform as a service. Each model has its benefits and disadvantages, yet, there clearly appears to be a preference, in terms of business models, towards platforms as services. Thus, it was an immense pleasure to chat with Sacha Labourey, the former CTO of JBoss, who has teamed up with a squad of gurus to start CloudBees.

In this podcast hosted by IBM developerWorks, Sacha argues that a complete set of tools for the application life cycle in the cloud is key to maximizing this new computing model —
and besting GAE in the platform-as-a-service space. Sacha’s view of the cloud is an evolved one: viewing the cloud as a bunch of machines for hosting applications solves no real problems; however, viewing the cloud as a service enabler whereby platforms exist to handle the minutia of infrastructures is the future and where the enterprise will look for solutions. Have a listen and check out CloudBees while you are at it!

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Andrew Glover

About Andrew Glover

Andrew is the Engineering Manager for Netflix's Delivery Engineering Team. He and his team are building the next generation Continuous Delivery platform that is facilitating Netflix's rapid global expansion. Before joining Netflix, he served as the CTO of App47, where he lead the development of a SaaS Mobile Application Management platform. Andrew is also the co-author of Addison Wesley's “Continuous Integration” and he actively blogs about software at

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