Windows hosting provider DiscountASP.NET has launched Snapp Systems, an elastic platform-as-a-service (PaaS) solution for .NET applications.
The news comes a few weeks after DiscountASP.NET announced launch of its Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services Hosting as an optional add-on enhancement.
The first PaaS to include a configurable staging and production environment for each application, Snapp Systems supports deployment via FTP, WebDeploy, GIT and Team Foundation Server to a staging site where users can test their applications before it is set live.
After successful testing, users can publish their application from the staging site to the live production site without redeployment.
The modus operandi of Snapp Systems is as shown below:
– Takeshi Eto, VP Marketing and Business Development, DiscountASP.NET.
Snapp is built on top of Antares, code name for Azure Services for Windows Servers. Microsoft uses Antares technology to run Azure Web Sites, which is being made available to hosting partners on-premises so that they can provide differentiated cloud hosting solutions.
Snapp provides a scalable hosting platform where developers have an ability to increase or decrease the number of web workers on demand.
It also includes an easy rollback feature. Snapp keeps a snapshot of the application in a repository everytime it is published from staging to production. This allows developers to roll back to previously working snapshot with a single click just in case some unforeseen happens.
Developers can also use Snapp Systems’ exception management system to debug and identify issues within their code.
“For the last ten years, we’ve focused on providing cutting-edge shared hosting solutions for .NET developers, but we’ve seen the needs of developers change over time and we want to evolve our business with them.We are excited to expand our portfolio with our take on a .NET PaaS.” said Takeshi Eto, VP Marketing and Business Development, DiscountASP.NET.
“PaaS providers like Heroku and AppHarbor focused on solving application deployment issues and supported new ways to deploy applications directly from source control. We focused on solving the staging problem,” added Takeshi.
“As a hosting provider, we hear from customers whose applications failed to work as expected even though it worked on their local computer. Our goal was to solve this issue,” he said.
Snapp services are currently offered as a free beta till September 2013. Each beta account can host up to 10 applications and each application will get its own staging and production environment.
DiscountASP.NET plans to launch new features and improvements during the beta period. For more information, click here.