SaaS software analyzer now offers on-prem version

Cloud computing is the latest hot technology, but a number of organizations still don’t think it’s completely safe for mission-critical or proprietary applications.

That includes some of the biggest companies in the world, admits PaaSLane, a software as a service offering that scrutinizes and helps prepare code  for the cloud.

So on Tuesday it will announce version 2.5 with local profiling, which enables source code to be analyzed on premise, uploading only its statistics for analysis into its cloud.

It could be seen as a step backwards by PassLane, owned by Cloud Technology Partners of Boston, whose service went live in May. The idea is that large enterprises would upload their code for processing.

“We thought that might be an issue,” admits Benjamin Grubin, the company’s director of product marketing, :but we though we could work around it with topology and security policies. We probably could have if we pushed hard enough …. but we weren’t just ready to do that.

“Part of this is maturity in the market. I think there’s still a fundamental untrustworthiness  that large enterprises attach to the public cloud.”

On the other hand, the move will help PaaSLane sales, he said. For some customers, “this is what they were waiting for.”

PaaSLane was created from Cloud Technology Partners’ origins as a consulting company helping large organizations prepare legacy applications for private clouds.

It’s a static code analysis suite for developers that looks at Java — and now, in the latest version, .Net and C# applications — for potential issues and make recommendations

It comes in two flavors:

PaaSLane Access, which is sold by the scan for each application, looks at whether it is “more or less cloud -ready” for a number of cloud platforms including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, OpenStack, Cloud Foundry — and now with this version Google App and Compute Engines —  by estimating the development effort it will require for enterprises.

Consulting firms in the business of software conversion can use it as a pre-sales estimating tool, Grubin said.

–PaaSLane Optimize, for developers to help plan what’s required to change code for specific platforms. It integrates with some lifecycle management applications to check every build. It provides advice and suggested code changes for any problems. Will help those who haven’t written “cloud code,” Grubin said.

Through regularly updated rules changes it also helps applications meet platforms changes, he added.

PaaSLane Optimize is sold as an annual subscription.  There’s also a 30 day free trial service.

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