Joyent adds Windows, Linux support

Joyent can now host applications built on Windows and Linux

Joyent is now hosting applications built on Windows and Linux, opening the door to Web application providers who have some components built on those operating systems.

"We've bumped into situations where our specialized OS, which is really good for Java, PHP, and other languages used in traditional Web apps, wasn't as affective for people who had significant investment in Windows and Linux," said Adrian Ludwig, vice president of marketing at Joyent. "They had to rewrite or at least do some porting and in some instances that could be fairly significant."

Joyent uses its own software, known as SmartOS, to run the virtualization in its data centers. The company says that the software allows it to get much better utilization of servers in its data centers than its competitors. That increase in efficiency translates into lower costs for customers, Ludwig said.

But some potential Joyent customers found that they could easily move the bulk of their applications, which may be built on Java, PHP or Ruby on Rails, but had some legacy infrastructure that would be difficult to move to Joyent's hosted service.

With support for Windows and Linux, those customers can more easily begin using Joyent's infrastructure-as-a service offering, Ludwig said.

Joyent is offering to host applications built on the Enterprise and Standard editions of Windows as well as CentOS, Debian and Ubunto operating systems. The capability is currently generally available.

The move may put Joyent in direct competition with market leaders like Amazon Web Services and Rackspace, which also support applications built on Windows and Linux. But customers that are primarily looking for a service that hosts Web applications will find that Joyent is less expensive because of its SmartOS, Ludwig said. Also, Joyent has optimized its offering for Web applications so can better serve customers looking to host Web apps, he said.

Nancy Gohring covers mobile phones and cloud computing for The IDG News Service. Follow Nancy on Twitter at @idgnancy. Nancy's e-mail address is Nancy_Gohring@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags cloud computinginternetJoyentInfrastructure services

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Nancy Gohring

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?