Encore Platform for Running Distributed Apps in the Cloud Arrives

Encore has made generally available a namesake backend development engine for rapidly building scalable distributed IT environments across multiple cloud platforms.

Fresh off raising $ 3 million in seed funding, Encore CEO André Eriksson said the Encore platform analyzes source code to eliminate the need to manually configure, connect and set up portable cloud computing environments.

In addition to being able to automatically setup and manage cloud infrastructure based on the metadata surfaced by static analysis tools, Encore provides access to a built-in continuous integration / continuous delivery (CI / CD) platform, previews of environments, live reloads of cloud environments, authentication, secrets management and automatic distributed tracing capabilities.

Eriksson said the development of the Encore environment was, in part, inspired by how game developers today routinely use an engine to build application environments rather than presenting developers with a set of text-based editing tools to build those environments using low-level boilerplate code that has to be written by developers for each application instance.

Written in the Go programming language, Eriksson said Encore platform is based on an open source Encore Go Framework that prevents IT organizations from becoming locked into an Encore platform that today can be deployed on Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure cloud services.

The building and deployment of distributed applications has always been a major challenge. Encore is designed to automate most of the routine tasks that DevOps teams today need to manually perform for each distributed application they support. As the number of applications being deployed across various cloud computing platforms increases, the challenges associated with managing those environments increase. Encore is designed to enable developers to easily build and deploy application code in a way that can be centrally managed by a DevOps team, noted Eriksson.

It also takes advantage of the concurrency capabilities that the Go language enables to make it simpler to build and deploy distributed applications in a cloud-agnostic manner, said Eriksson. DevOps teams can also employ Go to extend the Encore environment within the boundary of certain limitations, he added.

Essentially, Encore is making a case for an opinionated distributed computing environment that, in return for less flexibility, promises to make it simpler to deploy complex applications. Eriksson said Encore doesn’t see many DevOps teams looking to deploy distributed applications that span multiple cloud services, but they are being required to deploy more applications on different cloud platforms. Each cloud platform a DevOps team needs to support only serves to make the overall IT environment that much more complex to manage, he noted.

It’s not clear to what degree IT organizations are ready to embrace a more opinionated approach to managing cloud computing environments. However, the concept of relying on one is hardly new. Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) environments have been employed for years. However, with the rise of microservices-based applications that are inherently distributed, the issue may soon be forced as IT organizations find simply no other way to keep pace with the rate at which applications are being developed and then continuously extended after they are deployed.

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