There are two issues that developers face when picking a cloud hosting environment. Either they have to worry about managing their infrastructure, meaning additional work when they need to scale rapidly — as is the case with Amazon’s Web Services stack, or Rackspace’s Mosso. Or, they have to worry about technology and vendor lock-in — as is the case with Google’s App Engine, which currently limits developers to writing applications in Python, or Microsoft’s Azure, which right now expects developers to use .NET.
Joyent’s Accelerator cloud computing platform works a lot like the former variety of cloud platform. But today the company announced the acquisition of open source cloud computing platform Reasonably Smart, which makes theirs slightly more of a hybrid approach.
What makes Joyent + Reasonably Smart different than App Engine or Azure, is that because Reasonably Smart is open source and will remain that way, developers don’t have to worry so much about vendor lock-in. Joyent will offer Reasonably Smart via their Accelerators (starting in a couple of months), but developers can always download it and run it anywhere else — meaning they can leave Joyent at any time (or skip Joyent altogether).
The price of the acquisition was not disclosed.