PHPFog: Platform as a Service to Go

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PHPFog, which started out as a PHP-specific Platform as a Service (PaaS) has broadened its strategy, using standardized Cloud Foundry technology to run across the major public clouds services.

With PHPFog (blog and Facebook), you can move your service to Amazon, Rackspace, Microsoft Windows Azure, or the HP Cloud, with the click of a button. It makes tweaking cloud servers, databases and storage faster and easier by abstracting away all of the complexity below the application tier.

Platform as a Service (PaaS) provides an abstracted computing platform. The consumer can utilize the software using tools and libraries from the provider to enable the full realization of application-centric computing for faster deployment of applications.

The Portland, Ore.-based company added support for Java, .NET, and Node and other popular languages, using standardize Cloud Foundry technology.

Cloud Foundry is a cloud-based, open source (PaaS) software tool developed by VMware, and released under the terms of the Apache License 2.0. It is primarily written in Ruby. The source and development community for this software is available at

Since January 2011, AppFog has provided approximately 10TB of RAM for free during its private beta to over 40,000 developers who have built more than 50,000 applications.

“Today we are in the early Hotmail days of PaaS with all the leading providers giving the equivalent of 15MB of space to run apps,” said Lucas Carlson, founder and CEO of AppFog. “AppFog is doing to PaaS what Google did to email. We are giving developers 2GB of RAM for free to use any way they want, such as scaling their app with dozens of load balanced instances or running it across multiple infrastructures.”

To get started, developers can visit ( to create a free account with 2 GB of RAM. Monthly plans with additional RAM are also available: 4GB/$100, 16GB/$380, 32GB/$720. For those requiring Terabytes of RAM, the charge is $22.50 per GB for as much as you need.

Think pocket supercomputer.

The Tricorder X Prize is a $10 million prize to develop a mobile solution that can diagnose patients better than or equal to a panel of board certified physicians.

Juniper Research predicts by the year 2014, there will be a total of 2.7 million annual mobile health monitoring events globally, generating some $1.9 billion at the end of 2014.

Related Dailywireless articles include; FCC Okays Medical Body Networks, Wireless Health Initiatives, Medical Devices Mobilize, Apps Enter the Twilight Zone, Mobile Health: Fast Growth , Open Source Tricorder and Mobile Health: Alive and Well

Posted by Sam Churchill on Thursday, July 26th, 2012 at 7:55 am .

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