Jelastic Java PaaS Availability and Pricing Announced

Jelastic COO announces pricing and availability for its Java PaaS line, while Oracle patches 14 vulnerabilities.

Jelastic COO Dmitry Sotnikov discussed the announcement: “Since we publicly launched our beta in October last year, pricing and commercial availability have been the most popular questions we were getting from our users.  Today we got to the major milestone with our first two partners – ServInt in the US and dogado in Europe – publicly announced commercial availability timeframe as well as revolutionary utility billing approach for the service. This is a major step in accomplishing our vision of zero-lock-in standards-based PaaS available to our users around the world.”

ServInt COO Christian Dawson added: “Combining Jelastic’s cutting-edge technology with ServInt’s 17 years of hosting know-how has put us on a path to provide great things for our customers.  We think the near-utility approach we’re taking with Jelastic on pricing and provisioning is going to break the platform-as-a-service industry wide open.  The product is miles ahead of its competitors on technological features, and now we’re adding game-changing, customer-friendly pricing to the mix. Jelastic is a truly revolutionary Cloud product, and we can’t wait to bring it to market in March.”

Timo Mankartz, managing partner at dogado Internet GmbH, also commented on the upcoming release: “Holding true to our tradition of more than a decade, dogado Internet GmbH keeps its focus locked on new trends and emerging technologies. Centerpieces of our vision are cloud services, SaaS and IaaS solutions for mid-tier companies. Jelastic is one of only a few real cloud solutions on the market today. Harnessing Jelastic’s power, we offer dependable high-availability and fully automated load-balancing, combined with both vertically and horizontally scalable servers and resources.”

Jelastic released its beta offering to users in North America and Europe in October of last year.  Since that time, its user base has grown to over 10,000 strong globally.  The Jelastic beta will continue to be offered for free via ServInt and dogado until its commercial release in March.  Once the commercial release kicks in, beta users will receive a free two-week extension of the beta and have the option to either cancel the service or continue it for a fee once the extended trial is over.

Jelastic, supplier of the only platform-as-a-service (PaaS) available worldwide via hosting providers that is capable of automatically scaling Java applications and allocating required server resources to soundly deliver Java cloud computing recently announced its timeframe for commercial release as well as pricing. 

Jelastic’s announcement came in Orlando, Florida, during the Parallels Summit 2012, a conference that caters to the cloud industry.  The company set March 2012 as the date for its commercial release, with availability in North America being provided by ServInt.  Dogado Internet GmbH will collaborate with Host Europe to handle Jelastic’s European availability.

As for commercial pricing, Jelastic will charge $0.02 per cloudlet hour from ServInt and 0.016 euro from dogado.  The company uses cloudlets to measure consumed resources.  Each cloudlet is defined as 128MB of RAM and processing power equal to 200MHz CPU core.  Jelastic’s pricing model differs from other PaaS and IaaS providers in that it does not require customers to pre-select and pay for a specific machine size prior to usage.  Rather than locking customers into predefined pricing that’s more than what they need or will end up using, Jelastic charges only for actual RAM and CPU usage.  In addition, the service dynamically scales application servers up and down to supply customers with just the right amount of resources, helping them to cut costs even further in the end.

Beyond its user-friendly pricing, Jelastic also provides ease of use.  Developers can have their cloud-based applications running in a matter of minutes by specifying the connection to their SVN or GIT code repository or uploading their Java package.  Best of all, they can do it without any lock-in and with the freedom to choose from a variety of independent hosting providers. 

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Oracle Patches 14 Java SE Vulnerabilities

Oracle released a critical patch update (CPU) last week to patch 14 Java SE vulnerabilities.  The vulnerabilities are of particular concern because they have the potential to allow cybercriminals to leverage Java applications or web services to install malicious code on computers running unpatched versions of Java.

Oracle listed Windows computers as being the most vulnerable to attacks due to the fact that many Windows users have administrative privileges, but it also said users running Linux, Solaris, or other operating systems also bear some risk.  “Due to the threat posed by a successful attack, Oracle strongly recommends that customers apply CPU fixes as soon as possible,” urged the advisory.

Qualys CTO Wolfgang Kandek commented on the latest Java CPU: “Currently Java’s most common version (Java 6) has five vulnerabilities that are critical. They all have a CVSS score above 9, indicating that they can be exploited through the network without authentication and are capable of providing remote control to the attacker. We recommend installing this update as quickly as possible, as Java is frequently used as an initial access method in web-borne attacks.”

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