Engine Yard Expands Platform-as-a-Service Offering With xCloud

June 8, 2010 by  

Hosting ServicesSAN FRANCISCO, CA – Engine Yard, the leading Platform-as-a-Service for Ruby on Rails, today introduced Engine Yard xCloud, an expansion of the company’s popular platform for deploying and managing Ruby applications in the cloud. Both Engine Yard PaaS products, xCloud and AppCloud, run on the company’s optimized Rails ‘stack’ and take advantage of similar features for managing and deploying applications. However, xCloud utilizes a more extensible Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) to better meet the demands of Ruby applications that require customizable hardware, SLAs, or need to meet security and compliance standards such as PCI or SAS70.

“We’re very excited by the strategic direction of Engine Yard. Their focus on providing a broad range of deployment options, from xCloud running on Terremark infrastructure to AppCloud running on Amazon infrastructure, gives us the flexibility we need as we scale our 24/7 global business,” said Peter Styles, CEO of RedBubble. “We chose Engine Yard because they offer a world class Rails application cloud with a brain trust of Rails experts that we can tap into whenever we need it. Deploying on Engine Yard has freed our engineers to focus on development and has provided an enormous productivity boost with significant savings in engineering resources.”

The introduction of xCloud delivers the same benefits to customers as the popular Engine Yard AppCloud product including:

* No Vendor Lock-in — Engine Yard AppCloud and xCloud products are based exclusively on open source technology, there is never a risk of vendor lock-in, and applications can be easily moved
* Improve Application Performance — Because the Engine Yard stack is highly-customized and fully-managed, customers realize performance improvements as high as 30 percent ‘out-of-the-box’
* Accelerate Development — Engine Yard AppCloud and xCloud products eliminate the overhead of managing complex middleware, saving valuable development cycles so teams can get products to market faster

“It’s great that Engine Yard is offering the ability to connect to multiple infrastructures because it helps us to meet the varying requirements for our clients’ applications running in the cloud,” said Alon Salant, Principal and Founder of Carbon Five, a software development firm and Engine Yard partner. “Engine Yard Platform-as-a-Service has proven to be a fantastic turnkey solution for Carbon Five and our clients. Projects start with instant setup of development and staging environments, release with customized and robust configurations, and grow with scalable infrastructure and operational support to deliver high-performance, revenue-generating applications.”

The introduction of xCloud builds upon the successful Engine Yard AppCloud product that uses IaaS capacity from Amazon Web Services. However, xCloud uses IaaS capacity from Terremark’s Enterprise Cloud product to provide customers with high-performance SAN storage, guaranteed resources, custom hardware support, and a variety of compliance guarantees including PCI and SAS70. For full details on xCloud, please click here.

“We created xCloud in response to growing demand from customers who want to run Ruby on Rails applications in the cloud, but require strict regulatory compliance and low-latency, high-throughput disk I/O for superior database performance,” said Tom Mornini, Engine Yard CTO and co-founder. “xCloud levels the playing field in those dimensions against competing platforms such as and Microsoft Azure, both of which use proprietary languages. Our products are 100% open source and deliver all of the benefits of a PaaS with zero-fear of vendor lock-in.”

Customers and partners that use Ruby on Rails rely on Engine Yard PaaS products and the Engine Yard stack because they are designed and maintained by a world-class team of Ruby and Rails contributors, application analysts, and seasoned DBAs to ensure they are reliable, secure, and scalable. The Engine Yard stack is a fully-managed application deployment and management platform that includes web, application and database servers, built-in monitoring and process management, a Rails-optimized Linux distribution, in-memory caches and more. For full details on the Engine Yard stack, please click here.

About Engine Yard
Engine Yard ( provides cloud computing technologies and services for Ruby on Rails, including AppCloud and xCloud, Engine Yard’s Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) products for web developers and web teams. Engine Yard products provide easy-to-use, automated Rails application deployment and management with a design philosophy that allows for the migration of existing applications. Engine Yard employs top industry experts and sponsors or contributes to many Open Source projects such as Ruby on Rails (, JRuby ( and Rubinius ( Headquartered in San Francisco, Calif., Engine Yard investors include Benchmark Capital, New Enterprise Associates, and among others.

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