ActiveState delivers version 1.0 of its Stackato platform for creating private Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) environments.
announced the availability
of Stackato 1.0,
an application platform
for creating a private platform as a service (PaaS
) using any language on
any stack on any cloud, company officials said.
From the desktop to the data
center, Stackato makes it easy to develop, deploy, migrate, scale, manage and
monitor applications on any cloud, the company said.
This is a great day for
developers and enterprises looking to the cloud, said ActiveState CEO Bart
Copeland in a statement. Stackato delivers on the promise of the
cloudconvenience, cost-efficiencywith the security, control and compliance
the real-world enterprise demands.
With Stackato, developers
can simulate a production environment on a local machine, code, test and then
launch an application to the cloud. Enterprise IT can achieve new levels of
data security, reduce time to market, save money, ensure compliance and gain
greater control over the cloud.
Stackato supports three key
functional objectives for developers and enterprises: the setup and scaling of
a cloud environment, the development and deployment of apps for and to the
cloud, and the management and monitoring of application performance. With
Stackato, users can create an auto-configuring private PaaS on top of a private
cloud or infrastructure as a service (IaaS) environment in minutes. They also
deploy new and migrate
existing applications to the cloud in three simple steps, and manage updates
and upgrades, and monitor application performance.
The Stackato offering
features a Web-based management console for administrative control, an app
store that offers a one-stop shop for easy install of common applications, a
persistent file system service that enables compatibility with applications
like Drupal, and performance monitoring technology from New Relic to deliver
application management visibility.
Stackato is about freedom,
control and ROI, Copeland said. Developers have the freedom to work with
multiple stacks; use the best-suited tools; configure, test and deploy faster;
and ultimately build more apps. IT managers get control: They can create new
apps and migrate existing ones; eliminate the risks of data silos or rogue
clouds; ensure tighter security and compliance; and deploy to the cloud model
thats right for their enterprise, whether that cloud is public, private or a
hybrid of both. And CIOs get return on investment: More-efficient private-PaaS
app development means shorter time to market and better use of resources.
Stackato offers an escape from vendor lock-in. And, ultimately, lower costs.
Moreover, Stackato changes
the way development teams produce cloud applications, said Jeff Hobbs, vice
president of engineering and CTO at ActiveState, in a statement. Its support
for multiple languages and stacks means engineering can truly develop anywhere
and deploy anywhere. Devs code in the language thats best for them and best
for their enterprise.
Weve been working with
Stackato for several months now, said Nate Aune, CEO of Appsembler, in a
statement. Weve been able to focus our development on Appsembler's core
competencies and service, while relying on Stackato as the underlying
technology to power our site. We are excited to continue working with
ActiveState as we launch our new Appsembler service to bring our vision to
life: enabling developers to deploy Python applications to the cloud faster
than ever with one click and provide a marketplace to sell their applications.
ActiveState makes an
excellent partner for us, said Colin Humphreys, director of technology for
Carrenza. Our business has transitioned from hosting to IaaS, and we now offer
more PaaS services for our enterprise clients. Stackato is an ideal solution
that lets us create reproducible custom environments for our clients multitude
of applications in our secure, elastic cloud. ... ActiveStates close
partnership with VMware gives us an end-to-end solution with the power of open
source backed by leading vendors.
Stackato is available in
Enterprise, Micro Cloud, and Sandbox editions. Stackato Enterprise is priced
per VM per year. Stackato Micro Cloud is available free
for use in single node on a desktop client. In addition,
Stackato is also available as a free 45-day trial running on the Stackato
Sandbox service. Stackato also is available as an Amazon Machine Image (AMI). Users can
set up a private PaaS in Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) without having to
download a virtual machine