Joyent takes on Google

Joyent takes on Google

Summary: In what many will see as a bold move, cloud computing infrastructure provider Joyent is taking on Google. Today it announced the acquisition of Reasonably Smart, a Canadian open source infrastructure provider based on JavaScript and Git.

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joyentIn what many will see as a bold move, cloud computing infrastructure provider Joyent is taking on Google. Today it announced the acquisition of Reasonably Smart, a Canadian open source infrastructure provider based on JavaScript and Git. Rod Boothby, Joyent's VP of platform evangelism said this is the first step in a road that will see Joyent doing what neither Amazon nor Google are prepared to do which is provide a truly portable platform: "We know that enterprises are not going to adopt proprietary cloud platforms yet that's exactly what Amazon with EC2 and Google App Engine are offering."

Joyent expects to achieve this by offering Reasonably Smart as an open source massively scalable architecture. This means for example that customers will be able to download open source virtualized server environments or 'write code once and scale forever' on Joyent's hosted Accelerator platform.  "One of the key selling points for us is that you can leave if you want. There is no lock-in. Customers like that because it gives them the control they need beyond simply dialling consumption up or down as demand dictates," said Boothby.

Taking on Google is non-trivial and the company readily admits that there is a long way to go. However, Joyent points to the fact it is serving over a billion Facebook pages per month as evidence of its ability to scale up and the fact it has attracted marquee customers like ABC.

Right now, Reasonably Smart is what Joyent considers alpha quality. While the company hopes to get to a beta in early course, it will take some years for the company to realize its vision."We're starting to fully understand issues like security in massively scalable enterprise environments. We're not there yet but we've got the basics done," said Boothby.

One reason that Joyent can afford to be bullish is that it is cash generative. Apart fomr a seed round provided by the founders, Joyent has been wholly funded out of operations.

While Boothby wouldn't be specific, it is understood the company will hit $10 million annual run rate on the next quarter. In addition, Joyent believes that its rental model fits well for recession conditions as it helps companies avoid the complexity of leasing arrangements.

Topics: Google, Banking, Emerging Tech, Open Source

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  • Google yes...Amazon?

    I could possibly see the lock-in with Googles setup since you have to write Python and it seems like your apps sit inside of their framework...I could be wrong. But with Amazon you're uploading your own home grown server image and if you just stick with EC2 all it provides is the means to turn on and off servers. Now if you build in S3 support and other tools then I can see lock-in.
    storm14k
  • I would put Amazon at the head of the pack, still tres interestant!

    nt
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  • Portability not the issue

    Offering portability seems to me a very old-school approach. Surely interoperability is what customers need? To be able to run code on both their own private cloud and on Joyent's cloud (and/or another cloud provider) at will, depending on need/cost/sensitivity.
    phil wainewright