Engine Yard Goes Node

Node, the JavaScript-based programming technology, has for some time been web startups’ favorite flavor of the month, and now it’s becoming more accessible to enterprise-level applications, thanks to the fine folks at Engine Yard.

Engine Yard Cloud is a commercial grade, highly configurable platform-as-a-service for Ruby on Rails and PHP apps; starting today, it’ll also support Node apps.

The addition of Node.js to the happy Engine Yard family is a great sign that the Node Trend Train is still chugging along at top speed and that Node is, as we and Node core contributor/Rackspace engineer Paul Querna have been saying for ages, ready for the big time.

The Node-meets-cloud offering, aside from being a mashup of two insanely popular trends, also makes good business sense as older companies are harnessing newer tech to get their various jobs done.

“We’ve been using Node.js on Engine Yard Cloud to develop a production app for NW Natural, the largest independent natural gas utility in the U.S. Pacific Northwest,” said Patrick Ezell, principal of digital shop COPIOUS, in a statement on the news.

“The combination of Node.js and the Engine Yard PaaS enables us to deliver an innovative, high-performance app that scales seamlessly across desktop, laptop, tablets, and mobile.”

Also, let’s point out the obvious: For all these open-source programming technologies (PHP, Ruby, and now Node), there’s a killing to be made in offering enterprise-grade services and support for the more popular choices among them. And Node is nothing if not popular; late last year, Node eclipsed Ruby to become the most-watched repo on GitHub.

“As the leading PaaS provider, Engine Yard is proud to demonstrate its ongoing commitment to the developer community by supporting the latest technologies and offering a choice of frameworks and infrastructure as a service options,” said Engine Yard ops VP Bill Platt in a statement on the news.

“We continue to provide our customers with a superior platform so they can build high-performing Web applications that engage customers more effectively. Our platform provides the reliability, flexibility and deep expertise across Ruby on Rails, PHP, and Node.js, empowering enterprises and developers to focus on innovation that drives business growth.”

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