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Heroku's "Full Stack" Enterprise Cloud Service for Java

Expanding the tiers of its still-burgeoning cloud platform offerings, Salesforce.com has staged its Dreamforce 2012 user and developer symposium this week in San Francisco. Key announcements on day one include news of Salesforce divisional company Heroku and its new Enterprise for Java offering.

Designed for building Java applications in the cloud, Heroku Enterprise for Java aims to help programmers move their apps to a continuous delivery model without what Salesforce wants to define as "traditional software" or infrastructure.

Self-style cloud guru and Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff has argued that despite Java being the most widely adopted language in the enterprise, traditionally, there is still a challenge.

Benioff says that creating Java applications has (traditionally) required piecing together both a range of development and runtime infrastructure tools such as source code control systems, continuous integration servers, testing and staging environments, load balancers, application server clusters, databases, and in-memory caching systems.

The promise with Heroku Enterprise for Java is that developers can get a complete Java solution in a single package, provisioned with a single click. "Enterprise developers have been looking for a better way to create innovative applications without the hassle of building out a back-end infrastructure," said Oren Teich, COO, Heroku. "With Heroku Enterprise for Java, developers get all the benefits of developing in Java along with the ease of using an open, cloud platform in a single click."

As part of today's launch, Heroku is also announcing integration with products from Atlassian. A new Heroku plug-in for Atlassian's Bamboo continuous integration service is designed to allow developers to automate application delivery across all lifecycle stages: source code control, testing, staging, and production deployment.

Heroku Enterprise for Java includes "full-stack" Java, so in addition to support for core Java JDK and JVM, including new support for JDK 7 and latest JDK 8 builds, it provides a stack of preconfigured systems. This also includes memcache for session management and horizontal scaling and Postgres for relational data management.

Also here is the Heroku Runtime. In addition to providing runtime and management of the full stack of components, the service includes separate environments for development and staging. These environments can be "provisioned instantaneously" says Salesforce — and this, argues the company, provides a way for programmers to adopt rapid development methodologies.

Also included with this release are native Java tools to bring native support for Eclipse. So with this plug-in developers can create and deploy Java applications directly within their IDE. In addition, Heroku now supports direct deployment of Java WAR files, providing a simple way to migrate existing Java applications to the cloud.

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