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DCHQ extends container deployment software into public cloud

Mon 17 Aug 2015

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DCHQ, a startup offering automation software for companies deploying applications in containers, has announced that it is now able to run across public clouds, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure, and not just on-premises data centres.

The news follows the spring launch of an On-Premises model and accompanies a growing interest in containers as businesses look for ways to better manage their applications outside of traditional virtual machines.

DCHQ wants to make the transfer easier for companies, allowing them to deploy applications in containers using tools that they are already familiar with. The software exposes a user interface and allows the users to input shell scripts for their desired infrastructure.

“We made sure to provide a very intuitive way of doing application modeling that’s UI-based and doesn’t require any sort of previous knowledge of Dockerfiles or Docker in general,” said DCHQ founder and CEO Amjad Afanah.

“Unlike other automation tools, you’re able to change containers at request time and post provision as well,” he continued.

The automation software can model, deploy, back up, scale, and monitor applications in containers and integrates with Docker Hub, GitHub, Jenkins and Weave.

“The benefits of DCHQ Hosted PaaS are obvious: use almost any public cloud provider and get a full-featured PaaS experience for downstream DEV and TEST environments without the high cost,” Afanah added. “With the launch of DCHQ Hosted PaaS, we’re the only hosted PaaS that offers live-container updating and support for the most popular public cloud services.”

DCHQ, headquartered in San Francisco, was launched in 2015 as part of Silicon Valley accelerator 500 Startup. Its beta platform programme involved 35 companies, said Afanah who has previously held senior management positions at Oracle and VMware.

The company has successfully secured a partnership with the Red Hat Container Registry as well as a sponsorship deal with non-profit organisation Linux Foundation alongside Alibaba, PayPal and MediaTek.


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