ElasticBox is an Information Technology software development and operations (re: DevOps) cloud play provider that has been around a while (website states 2011), and has just recently come across my radar.
My initial impressions on learning about this ‘newish‘ DevOps hosted play provider are as follows:
- The concept and business proposition is solid and makes complete sense
- I assumed MS TFS or Mozilla etc… provided this functionality already
- Why hasn’t someone else thought of this
- This will need another level of management to support and maintain
Upon further research, I have found that there are other companies getting into the mix.
- Ravello Systems Inc. is reported that they will be releasing a tool that will more easily move software development environments from VMware Inc. to Amazon Web Services and Google Inc. clouds.
- International Business Machines Corp.
- EMC Corp (a subsidiary of vmware)
I went ahead and signed up for the ElasticBox Developer Edition (which is free versus the Enterprise Edition) and I immediately noticed that vmware was not listed as a Provider. Currently they have the following cloud providers in the Developer Edition:
- Amazon Web Services (AWS)
- Google Compute
- Microsoft Azure
- Openstack (grayed out) – I’m assuming TBD in the near future. This is a good sign
The Developer Edition also has some nice sample instances set up to play with. They are:
- Rails Quickstart
Overall, I would say that I’m intrigued by these guys, but unfortunately (for the market), I think they will be purchased before the end of Q2 2015.