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As was announced at CFUnited and Adobe Max, ColdFusion 9’s license has changed to allow deployments into the cloud. Adobe also has a private beta of ColdFusion 9 specifically for Amazon EC2. When fully tested and released, this will allow users to deploy a full version of ColdFusion 9 via Amazon’s EC2.

I am personally very excited about this, as Alagad has been deploying virtually all of our ColdFusion applications into EC2 for a while now. I’ve been happy with the power, flexibility and robustness of EC2. Combine that with a ColdFusion AMI and deploying a new instance of ColdFusion becomes almost painfully easy.

I’m also excited because this has garnered a bit of press attention. In particular, I am so excited to see a mention of Alagad in eWeek. Here are some good links on the topic:

My favorite quote out of all of this is “Alagad’s knowledge of ColdFusion and the EC2 platform was a significant benefit as we developed our cloud-based strategy,” said Adam Lehman, product manager of ColdFusion at Adobe, in a statement. “This collaboration has helped us deliver ColdFusion 9 in the cloud, which offers the same benefits as an on-premises ColdFusion solution, while reducing investment in IT capital and time.”

Thanks for the kind words, Adam, and congratulations on releasing ColdFusion 9.

Comments on: "Alagad + Adobe / ColdFusion = CF * EC2" (6)

  1. Congrats on the good press Alagad.


  2. I have been a die hard, career long user of ColdFusion (from Allaire to MM to Adobe…) and I am thrilled to be a part of the CF9 Beta program, which has been running solidly on my development boxes since the first private release (awesome!). Because Adobe ColdFusion can be quite costly in today’s IT world (license fees still based on CPU count!? no thanks), I’ve been testing and deploying (clustered and unclustered) Amazon EC2 instances with open source Railo CFML on Apache Tomcat. I am very impressed at the speed of execution by Railo 3.1.1 as compared to Adobe ColdFusion 9 Beta. However, now I’m really starting to wonder (as sparked by this excellent blog post) if Railo has the resources to compete with Adobe’s visualization of CFML grandeur. So I figure, why not use both for now? Railo’s free, which is still a MAJOR plus in my book. If only Adobe was able to find alternative licensing options to make cluster-able ColdFusion instances as inexpensive to deploy as Railo, the CFML language and Adobe ColdFusion web framework would explode around the world, and grow Adobe beyond that of Sun and Oracle put together. Adobe ColdFusion 9 is the most impressive CFML-based application suite, but I’m not sure our growing companies can (or will consider to) continue to pay so much money for their development platform and tools ( as a programmer, I know that ColdFusion is worth every penny, don’t get me wrong, but that is a tough sell to CEOs and CFOs and VCs and Investors.

    Why the heck am I commenting about this stuff here? – well… I am really very curious to hear your thoughts on the subject matter, Mr. Hughes. Your words are highly regarded in my neck of the woods.

    Thank you. Marty McGee

    Thank you for sharing this info


  3. Marty,

    I’m pretty sure people who sign up to the beta program agree to not mention anything about it publicly, including the fact that you can’t mention you are/were on it

    correct me if i’m wrong


  4. John, you may be right, but I figured since ColdFusion 9 is already out in stores, mentioning a public beta involvement would not harm any small animals. I meant to say I am not a beta program user, I just play one on TV. Doesn’t really answer my question though. Does anyone have an opinion on whether Adobe ColdFusion will be able to compete with Open Source competitors like Railo and perhaps BlueDragon?

    Thanks – Marty


  5. Has this launched yet? I’ve been following it since ’08 and I desperatley need a cold fusion ec2 instance but I can’t find any current data and there doesn’t seem to be an AMI.



  6. Like Joel I’m keen to know if this ever went anywhere – I cann’t find any official Adobe CF AMI for EC2 let alone information other than CF8/EC2/Ubuntu with one hell of a long list of stuff to do.


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