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Cost Management Tools For Multiple-Cloud Developers

Despite its open source roots, OpenLogic has taken a decisively commercial step forward this week by announcing the platform-agnostic CloudSwing, a "fully flexible" Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) cloud solution offering cost-tracking and customization options of technology stacks.

Aiming to capitalize on the flexibility advantages of the cloud computing model, OpenLogic CloudSwing will offer a "customizable array" of infrastructure, languages, and technology stacks. This shopping cart of options will, hopes OpenLogic, give developers the flexibility they need to choose the best platforms for all cloud deployments.

Working hard to try and validate "first offering of its kind" claims, CloudSwing says that this is the only PaaS solution with built-in cost management tools to help users understand and manage their cloud costs across multiple clouds.

According to the company's website, "Most enterprises use a variety of languages and technology stacks, so they need the ability to configure cloud platforms exactly to their specifications. Supporting multiple Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) options, including Amazon and Rackspace, CloudSwing provides pre-built stacks for Java, Ruby, PHP, and JavaScript with platforms based on Rails, Tomcat, LAMP, node.js, and nginx."

For enterprises and developers, CloudSwing aims to enable "complete customization" of technology stacks, including the ability to blend open source with proprietary software. CloudSwing users can pick versions of components, add new open-source components, add custom code or third-party commercial code, or create their own technology stacks from scratch.

CloudSwing will also offer cost management functionality as well as enterprise monitoring and support for cloud deployments. Using the New Relic web application performance tool for application monitoring, CloudSwing goes beyond the server- or instance-level monitoring.

"To successfully leverage PaaS solutions, enterprises require the flexibility to choose and customize their technology platform. They also require a unified approach to managing the costs and operations of applications across multiple clouds," said Kim Weins, senior vice president of marketing at OpenLogic. "CloudSwing eliminates these barriers, by enabling enterprises and developers to customize a stack from open-source and proprietary components and providing enterprise-level management features for managing costs and operations."

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