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February 25, 2009

Cordys launches cloud compute platform-as-a-service

Business service provisioning via the cloud

By CBR Staff Writer

Business process management firm Cordys has made good on its promise of a new cloud computing platform with the launch today of the Cordys Enterprise Cloud Orchestration System, or ECOSystem.

Cordys is anticipating a need for a software infrastructure that can be used to orchestrate the management of the many general-purpose and specialised applications and services that will eventually be hosted in private and public clouds.

In fact, Cordys is making it clear that its ECOSystem is not BPM on-demand or process on-demand, but a Platform-as-a-Service, on which companies can develop, integrate, host and manage their business applications in the cloud. 

Cordys founder and executive chairman Jan Baan told CBR, It took us six months to engineer the project — to turn the Business Operations Platform into a Software-as-a-Service deployment framework, or Platform-as-a-Service if you like.

IT shops can build new applications that will run on the platform or deploy their own applications onto the ECOSystem. 

“Just as VMware has launched its vCompute capability for infrastructure, Cordys has launched the ECOSystem for applications,” Jon Pyke, chief strategy officer of Cordys, stated,

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Pyke was referring to VMware Inc’s approach to virtualisation management, by which it aligns physical server computing resources with application requirements based on business priorities. vCompute creates an aggregate shared compute resource and provisions resources precisely as and when applications need them.

In the same way, the Cordys system orchestrates the interaction and integration of services needed to deploy business services. “The platform delivers a high-performance, highly available and scalable architecture, with embedded functionality, such as business activity monitoring and master data management” the company said.

Detailed pricing has not yet been set, but the company has confirmed that Cordys ECOSystem will be available on a pay-as-you-go, subscription-based pricing model.

Cordys is a company that has centred on business process management software development and was founded in 2001 by Jan Baan, in a past life founder of Baan Corporation with its eponymous ERP suite.

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