Switzerland’s biggest ICT provider Swisscom has developed a new hybrid cloud solution with data stored in the home of secure storage. The new Swisscom Application Cloud is aimed at developers looking to provision and scale cloud-native applications, and who want to use an open-source environment, with a system that handles the orchestration of servers, storage facilities, networks, middleware and databases.
The open-source PaaS environment is based on Cloud Foundry and allows developers to move the created applications to hybrid Cloud environments using Swisscom’s cutting-edge Swiss data centres and within Switzerland, data transfer takes place on its network.
Swisscom is a founder member of the Cloud Foundry Foundation, has been involved in developing the source code since August 2014 and exercises influence on the platform's strategic direction.
Additionally the platform offers a portfolio of services. These include MongoDB, MariaDB, RabbitMQ and an object storage environment. On offer are two container expressions: LXC/Garden and, from 2016, Docker/runC. The platform supports the most common program languages from Java, PHP, ruby, go, python, nodeJS and .NET.
The service has been road tested on Swisscom’s systems since early 2014 and claims in excess of 1000 applications are already running on the PaaS environment. In an initial phase, the public Cloud solution is open for private software developers in Switzerland, as well as for commercial enterprises in Switzerland, Europe and the USA.
In a second phase from 2016 onwards, Swisscom is offering corporate customers a virtual private expression of the Application Cloud complete with dedicated instances, an individual portal and invoicing.