January 14, 2009, 4:51 PM — Cloud-computing platform vendor Joyent said Wednesday it is buying startup Reasonably Smart, a maker of a "direct, open-source competitor" to Google's App Engine framework for quickly building and deploying Web applications that run on Google's infrastructure.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Like Amazon Web Services and others, the Quebec-based Joyent sells scalable computing infrastructure. Reasonably Smart's toolset will provide its customers with a "write-once/scale forever" Web application framework, according to a statement
The open-source software will be available through a paid service from Joyent, but users can also install it in their own data centers if they choose, Joyent said.
Along with big players like Google's App Engine, the Reasonably Smart software will compete with Web application platforms from startups like 10gen, which is also open-source.
Meanwhile, Reasonably Smart's code will likely be further refined, as it is currently in alpha.
Joyent is a little further along. Formed in 2004, the Sausalito, California, company has more than 10,000 customers of all sizes, and its systems run 25 percent of the application traffic on Facebook, according to a statement.
Company representatives could immediately not be reached for additional comment Wednesday.