Open source software is the backbone of IT as a Service (ITaas), and CliQr is attempting to ease the installation process with the launch of a new app store designed to enable enterprise users to deploy, benchmark, and manage more than 100 open source applications in the cloud.
The company, which specializes in cloud-application migration and management solutions, developed its CliQr App Store to assist businesses in moving, managing and securing applications from an on-premise or cloud environment to any private, public or hybrid cloud.
The new app store is more than just a warehouse of open source applications, however. According to the company, the goal was to enable businesses to take advantage of "application-aware" cloud computing that uses each cloud's best-practices capabilities.
"Other migration tools have taken the approach of requiring applications to conform to very diverse private and public clouds," said Gaurav Manglik, co-founder and CEO of CliQr. "History has shown that this approach simply won't scale. CliQr's platform flips things around, allowing clouds to provision their best-practice infrastructure and services for the app."
The store offers advantages to software providers as well, because deploying the application is separated from managing the physical infrastructure. As a result, software delivery is simplified and the product is introduced to a wider audience.
According to the company, end users can deploy, benchmark, and manage the applications in multi-tiered configurations. The CliQr App Store works with multiple public clouds such as Amazon Web Services (News - Alert), Google Cloud Platform and HP Public Cloud as well as private cloud environments such as those based on VMware, OpenStack and CloudStack.
If users aren’t sure which cloud is right for their organization, the CliQr App Store enables benchmarking of the application against multiple clouds and/or cloud instances and sizes to identify the one that can provide the best value.
The CliQr App Store includes more than 100 open source applications including Alfresco, Drupal, WordPress, Joomla, Blender, SugarCRM (News - Alert), FreeCAD, Dolibarr, Test Link, OSClass, Subversion, Omero, Chyrp, Piwik, concrete5 and others.
The company is offering 500 hours of free cloud time to try out the CliQr App Store before June 24, 2014.