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nodeJsCloud Wants to be Heroku For node.js

nodeJsCloud is about to launch a cloud hosting service for node.js developers. node.js is a JavaScript framework for building server-side applications. It’s one of the hottest development platforms in use, with an explosion of interest since its introduction in early 2009. If you want to know more about node.js and why it’s so hot, read our article Why Developers Should Pay Attention to Node.js.

nodeJsCloud is the brain child of developer Cliff Moon (Update: Justin Keller of nodeJsCloud contacted us to clarify that Cliff Moon is not a part of the company) and will compete with Nodejitsu, an existing node.js hosting platform now in private beta.

nodeJsCloud will offer:

  • Dedicated Cloud Servers
  • Git + SVN Integration
  • RESTful API

Those interested in nodeJsCloud can follow the company on Twitter or sign-up for a mailing list to find out when the service is available.

If you want to get node.js running in the cloud now without waiting for nodeJsCloud or Nodejitsu, check out Nodejitsu’s tutorial on getting node.js up and running on RackSpace.

Last week Salesforce.com announced its planned $212 purchase of Heroku, a cloud provider for Ruby on Rails applications, for $212 million. Salesforce.com held a Q&A for press and analysts after the announcement, and the very first question asked was how long it would take Salesforce.com to support node.js.

Red Monk analyst recently wrote:

Heroku is currently spreading its wings, or should I say expanding the portfolio by looking to address the staggering opportunity around serverside Javascript in the shape of node.js. Why should you care about node.js? Because every developer in SF is currently going mental for it – its the emerging language for network services and services. Now interestingly enough Joyent recently acquired node.js outright, and its lead developer Ryan Dahl. Salesforce.com probably just added $150m to Joyent’s market value.

In other words, services like nodeJsCloud and Nodejitsu are already highly anticipated. Whether this anticipation translates into demand remains to be seen. Meanwhile, Heroku is already offering experimental support for node.js to a limited number of uses.

node.js recently became a part of IaaS provider Joyent, but remains free and open source.

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