Search engine Yandex, Russia’s version of Google (News - Alert), has announced the launch of its new open-source platform as a service. It is calling the service Cocaine. The company says that Cocaine allows developers to build their own app engines.
The Cocaine platform uses Docker as the technology for infrastructure virtualization and app isolation. Docker is a lightweight container. It can run in any environment and has become an important open-source technology for the new class of cloud services.
Cocaine is available for download at GitHub, and according to Yandex, it can be installed on most Web servers and be used to create custom cloud hosting apps. Cocaine can be run on personal Web hosting anywhere in the world. It follows the NSA revelations and is not necessarily routed through the U.S.
Proxima Industries wrote, “Oh my God Yandex you can’t just call an app engine Cocaine!”
Twitter user iRoller writes, “Looks like some of my colleagues want to visit Russia because of the new Yandex service Cocaine Clouds.”
The company is not shying away from publicizing the innuendo of the service’s name. The tagline for this product is “Grab some cocaine in containers.”
Yandex is a Russian Internet company which operates the largest search engine in Russia. It also develops a number of Internet-based services and products. Yandex ranked as the fourth largest search engine worldwide, based on information from Com score.com, with more than 150 million searches per day as of April 2012, and more than 50.5 million visitors daily as of February 2013.