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Engine Yard Announces Formal Support for ‘fog’

Open Source Package Consolidates APIs for Multiple Cloud Infrastructures and Prevents Potential Infrastructure Lock-in

SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwire – October 13, 2010) –  Engine Yard, the leading Platform-as-a-Service for Ruby on Rails, today announced the company is expanding its support of open source software to ensure an API neutral interface exists for Ruby applications, so they may move between various Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) providers.

Engine Yard now formally supports fog, the leading cloud computing library for Ruby applications and a component in the Engine Yard application platform. Specifically, Wesley Beary the creator of fog and engineer at Engine Yard has transitioned to a new role where he will lead the project and manage its community of contributors full-time.

“Fog helps you interact with multiple cloud services easily,” said Beary, fog creator. “It provides a unified interface to ease migration between IaaS services and provides mocks to simplify development and testing.”

The fog library is an abstraction layer to provision cloud resources across the increasingly vast array of cloud providers. Currently supported services include: Amazon Web Services, Terremark, VMware vCloud, Rackspace, Blue Box, Go Grid, Linode, New Servers, and Slicehost and VMware vCloud™-based services.

“As a VMware vCloud™ API implementation in Ruby, we’re excited to see Engine Yard formalize its investment in fog,” said Jian Zhen, director of cloud solutions at VMware. “With fog, Ruby developers can quickly deploy and integrate applications into both public and private VMware vCloud-based services.”

Fog is more than a library for popular Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) technologies such as Engine Yard’s AppCloud or xCloud products. It is the ideal library to replace the use of IaaS specific-libraries because it ensures applications are deliberately independent from an IaaS vendor before they are deployed or migrated to the Cloud.

“There’s so much change and momentum across a growing number of competing Cloud vendors and stakeholders. It’s critical to the health of the overall Cloud ecosystem to ensure fog is a strong community project that is maintained,” said Tom Mornini, Co-founder and CTO at Engine Yard. “Fog helps ensure the portability of applications between IaaS vendors, which increases enterprise confidence in moving their applications to the cloud.”

IaaS vendors that would like their infrastructures supported by fog are invited to review the contributors guide at: http://wiki.github.com/geemus/fog/contributors-guide

Developers can download fog at: http://github.com/geemus/fog

About Engine Yard, Inc.
Engine Yard is the leading provider of automation technologies and services for Ruby on Rails, including the Engine Yard AppCloud and xCloud, Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) products. Over 1,500 companies rely on Engine Yard PaaS products for easy-to-use, automated Rails application deployment and management. Engine Yard helps development teams realize productivity gains and cost savings by eliminating the operational overhead of managing application deployment and complex infrastructures. A significant contributor to the advancement of Open Source projects, Engine Yard employs top industry experts and sponsors or directly contributes to many projects such as Ruby on Rails, JRuby, Rubinius and fog. Headquartered in San Francisco, Calif., Engine Yard is backed by Benchmark Capital, New Enterprise Associates, and Amazon.com.

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