AppFog is a cloud platform for web applications that is built on open source platform as a service solution, Cloud Foundry.
With this acquisition, CenturyLink makes its first entry into the lucrative platform-as-a-service market.
AppFog will be dissolved into Century Link subsidiary Savvis, which provides hosted IT and cloud infrastructure services. AppFog’s service can be integrated on-premises into companies’ data centers.
Founded as PHPFog, AppFog acquired Node.js platform Nodester and last year began focusing more on private PaaS.
AppFog competes with other open source PaaS solutions, including Red Hat’s OpenShift, Pivotal’s Cloud Foundry, ActiveState’s Stackato and Apprenda, as well as indirectly with the PaaS market’s biggest players, Heroku and Engine Yard.
Meanwhile, CenturyLink’s Savvis competes with Window Azure, Amazon Web Services and firms such as AT&T, Sungard and Terremark.
Recently, CenturyLink launched a new cloud computing company, savvisdirect, to simplify cloud deployment for businesses, by combining CenturyLink infrastructure and Savvis cloud services for on-demand SaaS applications, virtual servers, cloud storage and PaaS. In February, savvisdirect added AppGrid, a private cloud solution.
Do you think this acquisition of AppFog is a strong strategic move for CenturyLink? Are you currently using an open source cloud platform?