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Amazon Elastic Beanstalk  

Amazon has just taken a nice bold step into the Platform-as-a-Service space previously discussed here as "the stuff in between", which Salesforce previously took a stake into by buying Heroku.

Heroku uses AWS for its infrastructure, but offers Ruby and node.js hosting, so Salesforce and AWS are not directly competing yet. Still, there could be some interesting sparks in this space in the future. How long before Amazon offers Elastic Beanstalk for Rails? Even sooner, we will probably see Rails instances running on Elastic Beanstalk via JRuby.

For now, Elastic Beanstalk is Java only. As a startup founder, this now provides you with another alternative to GAE and Heroku/Salesforce for your self-scaling PaaS needs.

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