ActiveState announced the general availability of Stackato 1.0, an application for creating private Platform as a Service environments in any cloud environment, today. Stackato claims a unique status in the PaaS space because of its ability to accommodate “any language, any stack” and “any cloud.” Whereas few other PaaS vendors support all languages and technology stacks, Stackato joins PaaS vendor CloudBees in enabling its PaaS platform to run on any cloud environment such as Amazon Web Services or HP Cloud Services. Private cloud Stackato users can configure and deploy the PaaS software within a matter of minutes. Enterprises that are wary of public clouds can take advantage of Stackato’s ease of deployment to create a private cloud that boasts management utilities such as a web-based management console and performance monitoring technology from New Relic.
Stackato’s support for “any language” and “any stack” goes back to its origins as a participant in the Cloud Foundry open source project. As the Cloud Foundry Community Lead for Python, Stackato represents an “enterprise-ready, commercially supported private PaaS version of Cloud Foundry” that claims even more expansive support for languages and technology stacks than Cloud Foundry. Moreover, Stackato supports a streamlined process for data migration of legacy applications to its platform, including applications coded in UNIX. Stackato’s ability to support any technology platform, its ease of deployment and support for private cloud PaaS environments gives it a clear leadership position in the increasingly crowded PaaS space. Competitors include Red Hat’s OpenShift, CloudBees and Cloud Foundry, though few vendors match its combination of flexibility and ability to deploy private cloud PaaS environments. Today’s announcement about the general availability of Stackato 1.0 comes roughly six weeks after a release that revealed Stackato’s support for OpenStack, Linux KVM and the Citrix XenServer.
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