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ServInt Becomes First US Web Host to Offer Jelastic Java Cloud Hosting Platform

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Web hosting company ServInt announced on Wednesday it is officially offering Jelastic, a software stack-agnostic cloud hosting platform for Java applications.

The partnership is certainly a great opportunity for ServInt. As the exclusive provider of Jelastic cloud hosting services in the United States, and the first service provider to offer Jelastic commercially, the hosting company has the competitive advantage in reaching a new of customers that are specifically looking to use Jelastic.

In turn, Jelastic will be able to expand its own market reach in the US through ServInt’s large customer base. Meanwhile, dogado Internet GmbH in collaboration with Host Europe will the exclusive provider of Jelastic for Europe.

The move comes a month after the launch of the ServInt Flex line of “dedicated cloud” servers.

ServInt now has hosting products in both the IaaS and PaaS categories, providing more with more cloud offerings and enhancements scheduled for release soon.

“This isn’t the first PaaS solution on the market – even for Java – but it’s the first one that leverages best-of-breed systems from both the hosting and the PaaS software industries,” said ServInt CEO Reed Caldwell. “The folks at Jelastic are amazing software developers. We are a world-class hosting provider. Too many PaaS providers try to be too many things to too many people, and that lack of focus makes them ineffective. We have collaborated directly with Jelastic every step of the way to ensure that Jelastic is the best designed, most reliable and best supported PaaS on the market.”

Unlike other Java PaaS and IaaS options on the market, Jelastic does not require customers to code to any specific API. Jelastic dynamically and instantaneously allocates resources for hosted applications, scaling servers up and down to ensure hosted apps have the resources they need, when they need them.

ServInt’s Jelastic customers are charged only for the actual RAM and CPU resources they consume, rather than for any predefined hosting service package or server they might otherwise purchase.

Jelastic measures resources being consumed in “cloudlets”, with one cloudlet equal to 128 MB of RAM and 200MHz of CPU processing power.

At the Parallels Summit in February, Jelastic released its pricing structure. ServInt will charge $0.02 per cloudlet/hour and there is no practical limit on the number of cloudlets that can be deployed.

Jelastic does not require any application code changes, enabling developers to upload their Java package or specify connection to their SVN or GIT code repository, and have their application running in the cloud in a few minutes.

Jelastic is fully compatible with all major Java software stacks, including Tomcat, GlassFish, Jetty and JBoss application servers – as well as with SQL (MariaDB, PostgreSQL, MySQL) and NoSQL (MongoDB, CouchDB) databases.

ServInt COO Christian Dawson discusses ServInt’s commercial release of Jelastic offering in a YouTube clip.

Talk Back: Are you planning on using Jelastic? Do you think that a Java PaaS solution such as as Jelastic’s would benefit your own customers? Let us know in the comments.

About the Author

Justin Lee has been a staff analyst with theWHIR since 2004. He writes about a range of web hosting and IT-related issues facing the industry on the WHIR website, as well the print version of the WHIR magazine. Follow him on Twitter @Justin_theWHIR.

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