Stackato 2.0 Features .NET Integration With Iron Foundry

As the PaaS market heats up, ActiveState continues to innovate with its “any language, any stack, any cloud” PaaS platform, Stackato. Vancouver-based ActiveState recently announced the release of Stackato 2.0, building upon its version 1.2 release in May. Highlights of Stackato 2.0 include the following:

• Streamlined ability to deploy .NET applications to Stackato as a result of integration with the Iron Foundry platform. Developers can now use Stackato’s automatic configuration tool to link Stackato to Iron Foundry, the implementation of VMware’s Cloud Foundry that supports .NET.

• “Containerization technology” that creates more secure applications and improves application performance by allowing applications to operate with less resources, in a production environment featuring multiple containers for each virtual machine.

• An upgraded web-based management interface that provides increased visibility into the deployment of PaaS applications in Stackato.

• Announcements that Aeroflex is using Stackato to configure its cloud application stacks and that ExactTarget leverages Stackato for “mission-critical production cloud applications.”

ActiveState’s CEO Bart Copeland summarized the new release by noting:

“Today’s enterprise must be more agile, better engineered to innovate, and able to govern its cloud without impeding progress. Stackato 2.0 redefines private PaaS for the enterprise, enabling more agile development, greater DevOps transparency, more efficient cloud management, and faster time to market.”

Stackato now supports Java, Ruby, Python, Perl, PHP, Node.JS, Clojure, Scala, Erlang, and .NET and is emerging as a key player in the rapidly exploding PaaS space as evidenced by its aggressive roll-out cycle and clear commitments to multiple languages as well as performance.

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ActiveState Launches Stackato 1.2 PaaS With Enhanced Resource Sharing And User Access Control

On Tuesday, ActiveState launched yet another mini-release of its PaaS Stackato platform in the form of Stackato 1.2. Stackato 1.2 gives customers greater control and flexibility over their deployments. For example, Stackato 1.2 provides customers the ability to leverage “file-system-dependent applications like Drupal CMS to share storage between multiple instances.” Moreover, Stackato 1.2 features enhanced app store functionality such as one click deployment of selected applications from the management console. Jeff Hobbs, ActiveState’s VP of Engineering and CTO remarked that “Stackato 1.2 is all about control”:

It’s the only Cloud Foundry-based PaaS solution to offer group and user-specific controls, a powerful tool for enterprises looking to maintain transparent oversight of cloud application development and deployment processes. With Stackato 1.2, IT administrators can set memory, service and application quotas for individual users, or even groups.

Yesterday’s release highlights an aggressive development roadmap in 2012 for Stackato marked by support for OpenStack, Linux KVM and Citrix XenServer and the general availability of a Stackato PaaS platform that can deploy applications on “any language, any stack” and “any cloud.” Enterprises that are wary of public clouds can take advantage of Stackato’s ease of deployment to create a private cloud with performance monitoring technology from New Relic and, as a result of the 1.2 release, the capability to more finely monitor access controls amongst their constituent users at either an individual or group level. The release of Stackato 1.2 marks an exciting moment for PaaS given that the space is suddenly beginning to come of age as revealed by the open-sourcing of Red Hat’s OpenShift code on Monday.

ActiveState Produces Video On Migration To Cloud And Private PaaS Stackato

ActiveState recently released a short video highlighting some of the challenges organizations encounter while migrating applications to the cloud, with a corresponding emphasis on the “efficiency, control and security” of private PaaS Stackato. The clip is highly recommended for its astute use of animation to elaborate some of the stakes of deploying a cloud.

PaaS AppFog Announces Compatibility With Citrix’s CloudStack

Just days after Citrix’s stunning decision to open-source its IaaS product CloudStack to the Apache Software Foundation, and turn away from OpenStack as the core technology for its platform, PaaS vendor AppFog declared compatibility with CloudStack. According to AppFog’s press release, “AppFog completed a rigorous verification process to ensure compatibility with Citrix CloudStack™, providing confidence in joint solution compatibility.” The announcement enables CloudStack customers to additionally deploy PaaS AppFog on top of CloudStack’s IaaS platform and thereby increase the diversity of cloud deployments in relation to varying business needs. AppFog’s declaration of compatibility with CloudStack illustrates an increasing trend in the PaaS space marked by the utilization of IaaS platforms for PaaS offerings. The availability of Red Hat’s OpenShift on Amazon Web Services constitutes another case of the co-implication of PaaS and IaaS as does ActiveState’s recent deal to resell its “any language, any cloud, any stack” Stackato product on CloudSigma’s IaaS platform.

ActiveState Partners With CloudSigma To Resell Stackato PaaS Platform In IaaS Environment

ActiveState has partnered with IaaS vendor CloudSigma to allow CloudSigma to resell its Stackato PaaS platform as part of its portfolio of cloud products. CloudSigma will offer ActiveState Stackato in order to cater to the needs of customers interested in cloud deployments that leverage Stackato’s “any cloud, any stack and any language,” PaaS platform. The partnership represents a strategic move by ActiveState to broaden the channel for Stackato’s distribution by collaborating with an IaaS vendor whose customers may wish to differentially utilize IaaS and PaaS platforms for discrete enterprise cloud projects and initiatives. ActiveState’s partnership with CloudSigma illustrates a growing trend in the PaaS space marked by the availability of PaaS platforms within third party IaaS infrastructures. Earlier this year, for example, CloudBees announced the availability of its PaaS platform AnyCloud on Amazon Web Services and other IaaS hosting environments. Similarly, the integration of Nimbula’s Nimbula Director 2.0 IaaS platform with 3rd party PaaS platforms offers the performance, scalability and management tools of a public IaaS cloud to private PaaS cloud deployments.

ActiveState Integrates With Appsembler To Streamline Commercialization Options For Developers

ActiveState announced that Stackato, the PaaS platform for any cloud, any stack and any language, has been integrated with Appsembler, the platform for commercializing web applications. Stackato’s integration into Appsembler enables Stackato users to more effectively commercialize applications developed using the Stackato PaaS platform. Appsembler manages billing, payment processing and online storefront setup for developers seeking to monetize their software applications. Moreover, Stackato’s integration into Appsembler features the ability for developers to deploy applications on Appsembler that leverage “one-click deployment environments for Django, Pylons, Pyramid, Bottle, Flask, and other Python frameworks.” ActiveState CEO Bart Copeland commented on the integration with Appsembler by noting: “Appsembler’s hosted service is a great technology fit for Stackato. It showcases Stackato, and how it enables developers to move from code to cloud to revenue generation, simply, safely, and quickly. The Appsembler integration is only just the beginning for Stackato. We continue to innovate and we continue to see great customer adoption. We look forward to building on that success to strengthen Stackato’s technology leadership position in private PaaS.”

ActiveState Announces General Availability Of Stackato 1.0 For Private PaaS On Any Cloud

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.