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Engine Yard Burns Azure Blue

The journey to multi-cloud cross-platform programming Nirvana may be one step closer this week after the release of Engine Yard on Windows Azure. Developers can now use this open source Platform-as-a-Service running on Microsoft's cloud infrastructure to deploy web and mobile apps.

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"We are dedicated to making our platform more extensible and flexible, so developers have the most choice for cloud application development," said Bill Platt, senior vice president of operations at Engine Yard.

Windows Azure customers can purchase an Ubuntu-based, predefined configuration, optimized by Engine Yard, that manages five servers. This offering is a basic add-on in the Windows Azure Store and includes two servers in an HAProxy load balancing cluster, two servers in a Ruby application cluster, and one server in a MySQL Percona cluster.

"The integration with Windows Azure is part of our continuing platform evolution that leverages the new architecture we rolled out earlier this year. This architecture provides developers with both automation and control of their platform, while also reducing the risk of relying on a single infrastructure," said Platt.

As part of its support for Windows Azure, Engine Yard is also introducing a new user interface, based on AngularJS, that builds on the UI preview the company shared earlier this year with the announcement of its new architecture.

NOTE: AngularJS is maintained by Google and exists as an open JavaScript framework and toolset designed to "extend the HTML vocabulary of single-page applications" and augment browser-based applications with model view controller capabilities.

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