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Today, MuleSoft announced a new cloud service offering – Cloudcat – which will dramatically reduce the time and effort takes to use Apache Tomcat in the cloud.

Your application infrastructure should never get in the way of delivering the web applications.  Cloud computing has been gaining rapid adoption with developers and IT organizations alike, as it is often the easiest way to provision infrastructure for delivering applications. Apache Tomcat is perfectly suited for the cloud, because it is light weight and does not have the burden of a full blown Java EE application server, a huge advantage when you are paying cloud service providers “by the drink .”  However, until now, provisioning a new Tomcat instance in the cloud has required a considerable amount of work, since you need to provision a server image, manually download and install Tomcat, configure the database and more.

Enter Cloudcat, a pre-configured Apache Tomcat image with MySQL on Linux. We worked with leading cloud vendors Amazon and GoGrid to deliver this solution.

  • Cloudcat Amazon Edition is a pre-configured Amazon Machine Image (AMI) that includes Tomcat 6.0.24 configured with MySQL on an Ubuntu operating system. This is available in both 32- and 64-bit versions. Cloudcat Amazon Edition allows you to create new instances of pre-configured Tomcat with just a few mouse clicks.
  • Cloudcat GoGrid Edition is a pre-configured GoGrid System Image (GSI) that includes Tomcat configured with MySQL on a Redhat operating system. This is also available in both 32- and 64-bit versions.

Is Cloudcat right for you? Here are the use cases for which Cloudcat is ideally suited:

  • Creating a proof-of-concept to show your stakeholders that your application works well in the cloud
  • Creating new test/dev instances to scale up during the testing phase
  • Creating new production instances in the cloud to meet increasing demand during peak times

You can manage your Cloudcat instances from the Tcat Server console, just as you would manage your local Tomcat instances. You can also use the EC2 plug-in for Tcat Server to provision new instances of Cloudcat in EC2.

To learn more and view pricing for Cloudcat, visit

We hope you like this new product! If you have feedback, comments, or questions, you can reach us by sending an email to Cloudcat at mulesoft.

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