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CloudBees, Inc., the Java Platform as a Service (PaaS) innovation provider, on Tuesday announced the availability of AnyCloud for the hybrid deployment of production applications. AnyCloud provides CloudBees customers the flexibility to deploy and manage applications across a variety of data centre environments, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), other managed Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) providers, hosted data centre providers as well as on-premise, in enterprise data centres. Additionally, with the introduction of AnyCloud, CloudBees can now support customer deployments directed to specific geographies, including for the first time Europe.

"We are building software applications for leading telco and travel organisations in France, using the development services within the CloudBees Platform," said Cyrille Le Clerc, chief technology officer, Xebia. "Once applications are ready for deployment to production, AnyCloud provides flexibility for various deployment scenarios. As such, it offers compelling choices for our customers, including the option of running inside their own data centres, right next to existing databases."

Enterprises want to leverage the benefits of cloud computing, but sometimes regulatory or company policies dictate how they are able to deploy applications in the cloud. In some cases, a production application can run on public infrastructure located anywhere. However, others must be deployed to a specific destination based on government requirements or company policies. AnyCloud gives developers added flexibility in deploying applications to either traditional hosted or on-premise data centres to: 1) conform with regulatory requirements requiring an application to run in a specific geographic region; 2) comply with company policies mandating an application be deployed with a specific hosted provider; and 3) avoid data latency issues or security concerns that can arise from running applications outside of the enterprise data centre.

Until now, PaaS providers have required data centre operators to install complex PaaS software that they typically are not prepared to manage. "Forrester surveys show that 29% of enterprise Infrastructure and Operations teams are putting a high or critical priority on building a private cloud this year. But there's a catch: Most aren't operationally prepared to run a cloud, nor are they thinking through the operational implications of what this even means." Q&A: How To Get Private Cloud Right, Forrester Research, Inc., May 25, 2011.

CloudBees AnyCloud takes a very different approach and removes the burden of installing, updating and maintaining a complex stack of PaaS software from data centre operators by managing the PaaS software stack remotely across environments. Gone are the days of losing track of all the cloud applications running in different locations. AnyCloud offers the ability to manage all applications from a single point of control, ensuring a high level of visibility and quality of service.

"As we worked with customers around the world, CloudBees was being asked more and more for deployment options across various IT environments and hosted providers - particularly in Europe. We decided to satisfy the demand for flexible deployment options in a very different way than our competition," said François Déchery, vice president, international business development, CloudBees. "AnyCloud is a game-changer - it allows users to fully realise both the platform and service elements of PaaS. If you are not consuming a service, you are not really simplifying your operations nor reducing costs and, therefore, not realizing the full benefit of the cloud. AnyCloud addresses just that - giving PaaS users the freedom of deployment choice, including on-premise, while still benefiting from a true service offering."

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