Increasingly, developers are looking for ways to build applications easily. They want to focus on the product, and don’t want to worry about the underlying infrastructure — the tedious junk like deploying servers, databases, and operating systems.

Engine Yard is one of the leading companies offering a so-called Platform as a Service (PaaS) that enables this to happen. And we’re delighted to announce that Engine Yard CEO John Dillon will speak at CloudBeat 2013 in S.F. on Sept. 9-Sept. 10. You can buy your tickets here.

Engine Yard showed momentum very early, announcing it hit $28 million in revenue shortly after launching its platform two years ago, although it has since been secretive about its revenue.

John Dillon

Above: John Dillon, Engine Yard CEO

The firm says it has customers running thousands of applications, with 12,000 to 20,000 apps running at any given time. It’s now racing to hold its lead as other competing companies come on strong. Many of these other players offer their own cloud infrastructure and are now moving to offer a PaaS on top of it. These include Google’s App Engine, Pivotal’s Cloud Foundry, Rackspace, Microsoft Azure, and Amazon’s Elastic Beanstalk. Others, like Salesforce’s Heroku, and RedHat’s OpenShift, are also head-on competitors.

Almost daily, these companies are making announcements to boast that they support more languages and other features in their effort to win the hearts and minds of developers. Google, for example, said yesterday it’s offering load-balancing and Ruby support for its datastore, elements that Engine Yard has already offered.

To showcase its value to customers, Engine Yard’s Dillon will chat at CloudBeat with one of his customers, Canvas chief technology officer Michael Smith. Canvas is a New York interactive agency that builds applications for its own client projects.

Using Engine Yard’s platform, Canvas says it reduced the number of hosting providers it relied on from seven to just one. With Engine Yard, it also pays only for what it actually uses, and Canvas can use it to scale up on demand when it wants.

Come learn at CloudBeat how Canvas was able to power multiple projects from mobile sites, full websites, CMS deployments, apps, and online games to API-powered web applications — enabling it to focus on its job of building creative projects.

Engine Yard lets Canvas build applications upon on just about any of the cloud infrastructure technology that its clients may already have — it doesn’t matter if it is running on a public cloud, a hybrid cloud or private one. (Engine Yard can run on Amazon, Terremark, Rackspace, and Azure.)

Canvas used Engine Yard to build a website for the Gramercy Park Hotel and the content management system and API for an iPhone and Android app for Grand Central Terminal. Other Canvas clients using Engine Yard include NBC, ShowTime Sports (the subscription channel Showtime’s sports-production arm), and Credit Suisse.

Join us at CloudBeat 2013 and benefit from sessions like this and others, including new announcements and case studies from Pivotal, Dropbox, PayPal, Netflix, Stanford, IBM, and more.

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