With Solo, users can access Engine Yard's capabilities for deploying Ruby on Rails applications and Amazon's cloud infrastructure. While Solo deploys applications on a single virtual machine, a planned follow-up tentatively named Flex would expand deployments to additional virtual machines. Solo enables Engine Yard to deploy applications faster; it is priced at $129 per month for a single virtual machine.
Currently, the Engine Yard stack runs on Engine Yard's own stack and has more than 400 customers.
"On Wednesday, we are allowing our customers to choose to use [the] Engine Yard Rails stack and a new fully automated deployment model based on AWS resources," Mornini said.
"[Amazon has] a lot more scale than we do and can provide more resources at a lower cost point than we can internally," he said. But customers still can leverage the Engine Yard stack for Ruby on Rails deployments, Mornini explained.
Engine Yard's Ruby on Rails capabilities include Web site functionality around application deployment as well as support. Featured is an application-centric viewpoint that accommodates dependencies on other applications, such as PHP applications.
While Engine Yard offer customers perhaps 100 virtual machines, Amazon can offer thousands, Mornini said.
Solo will be available on the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) on January 28 for $129 pre month as the starting price. Plans call for eventually extending the offering to other cloud platforms also.