AppFog acquires Nodester – Shares Love for Node Devs
We are incredibly excited to announce that AppFog has entered into an agreement to acquire Nodester. We have been big fans of Nodester, Chris Matthieu, Alejandro Morales Gámez, and the entire Nodester team and contributors from day one. We feel that their Open Source, developer-centric approach to solving the needs of the Node developer looking for a Platform-as-a-Service is fantastic, very synergistic with what we do and believe that the combination of AppFog and Nodester is going to be a win for our customers.
What does this mean for AppFog?
With the help of Nodester, we are adding WebSocket support and Node 0.8 support within the coming months. These are some of the most requested features on AppFog and we can’t wait to incorporate and play with them!
Welcoming the Node.js Community
Nodester’s community is amazing – and Chris and team have done a great job growing and supporting this community. As believers in and supporters of Node.js and the Node community, we feel that the opportunity to broaden our Node offering and better serve Node developers is exceptionally valuable.
“AppFog was incredibly impressed from day one with the market-leading community that Nodester has built,” said Lucas Carlson, CEO, AppFog. “And now that Node is now tied with PHP for having the most number of applications running – so bringing our operational excellence and poly-infrastructure support to the loyal Nodester users; is a win for everyone.”
Right now Node is tied as the most widely used language on AppFog – so bringing our operational excellence and poly-infrastructure support to the loyal Nodester users is a win for everyone. We have been believers in and supporters of Node since the early days. Parts of AppFog are, in fact, written in Node. This deal means that AppFog’s Node developers will have an even stronger community and ecosystem to rely upon.
Nodester’s Open Source Commitment
In addition, we feel that Nodester’s commitment to Open Source and their vision for PaaS aligns perfectly with AppFog’s developer-centric philosophies.
“The Nodester community is passionate about the open source public, private, and hybrid cloud PaaS services. I looked at the various leading PaaS providers out there and it became clear that the only one that matched our vision and mission was AppFog,” said Chris Matthieu, founder of Nodester. “Partnering with the leader will give our Node.JS developers the very best PaaS solution as Node.JS continues to grow and extend into the Enterprise.”
What does this mean for Nodester users?
This deal means that Nodester users will now be able to use the same PaaS for their Ruby and Java apps that they use for their Node apps. It brings the serious support and operational excellence of AppFog to our users, enabling them to run production and enterprise workloads on their developer PaaS. Perhaps most significant of all – it allows Nodester users to deploy apps to a wide range of different IaaS providers – at a fair and highly competitive price.
What does this mean for PaaS in general?
“Nodester’s commitment to building an open source PaaS and their vision for PaaS aligns perfectly with AppFog and Cloud Foundry philosophies,” said Krishnan Subramanian, founder and principal analyst, Rishidot Research. “AppFog is using the Nodester intellectual property to collaborate with VMware in delivering WebSocket support to Cloud Foundry. It is clear that polyglot and infrastructure agnostic PaaS solutions are the future of PaaS. As enterprise acceptance of PaaS continues to ramp up it is likely that we will see a wave of consolidation.”
We believe that polyglot and infrastructure-agnostic PaaS solutions are the way to go. This is unlikely to be the last acquisition of a single-language PaaS by a language agnostic vendor. As enterprise acceptance of PaaS continues to ramp up, it is likely that we will see a wave of consolidation.
This is a huge day for AppFog – for Nodester – and the entire Node community!