OpenLogic has a new product offering for PaaS (platform-as-a-service), CloudSwing, which is focused on providing technical services for open-source products for developers. CloudSwing users will now also have a way to bring together their software stacks for the cloud platform.
Kim Weins, OpenLogic’s senior vice president for marketing said that customers will now have more elasticity in the management of their cloud platform. This is unlike Microsoft’s Azure and other commercial PaaS that have set several limitations on their product features.
Weins said that the new trial edition of CloudSwing is now being tested in private beta. This will be followed by the DevTest version before the end of the year; and the new Production Edition is scheduled to be released within the first quarter of 2012.
OpenLogic announced that CloudSwing will have a set of tools readily accessible on the web for their pre-built “Smart Stacks.” The service offerings will also go beyond the memory data storage and CPU features of the public cloud platform.
OpenLogic initially supported CloudSwing as it targeted Amazon’s EC2, now it has Rackspace as its new target for their next cloud offerings.
One of the firsts in CloudSwing’s features include its spending monitoring and management feature, which tracks all cloud-based expenditures across various projects.
OpenLogic’s key customers include large enterprises, since the trend now is to have pay-as-you-go cloud-based services. This is very common among outsourcing companies and development groups who are doing experimentation projects. Cloud-related costs will now be easy to keep track for these businesses.
CloudSwing also has a feature that provides a ceiling on spending thresholds that remind Managers if they have reached their budget limits. Weis said “We think this will be very attractive.”
The pricing for CloudSwing is yet to be finalized, but what is already certain is that it will be offered on an hourly plan or subscription basis.
Weins said “All of our customers have hybrid environments. We can’t necessarily fix a bug in Oracle but can help you narrow it down and figure out whether it came from Oracle.”
Although it looks similar with other open-source PaaS like OpenShift from Red Hat and CloudFoundry from VMWare, Lyman said, “But the spending management feature is fairly unique and interesting, particularly given customer pain around license and cost management in cloud computing.”