ActiveState's new Amazon-based cloud service enables Python developers to build and deploy secure enterprise cloud applications.
ActiveState has announced it is
delivering its ActivePython Community and Business Editions of its Python development environment as part of a
pre-built Python-centric AMI (Amazon Machine
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Cloud (Amazon EC2).
which focuses on dynamic languages and offers solutions for Perl, Python and TCL
(Tool Command Language), said its new AMI is
enterprise-ready and provides a full LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and
PHP/Python/Perl) stack, including Ubuntu's Linux operating system, Apache Web
Server and MySQL plus Python packages necessary to developing and deploying
cloud applications quickly and securely. It is aimed at providing an easy
on-ramp to Amazon EC2 for Python development.
some respects this new ActiveState offering is a competitor to Google App
Engine, which supports both Python and Java development in a cloud environment.
However, ActiveState officials said their solution is more robust than what
Google provides with its App Engine, despite recent expansions
to the platform with Google App Engine 1.4.
ActivePython Amazon EC2 AMI does not
directly compete with Google App Engine," Diane Mueller, director of enterprise
product management at ActiveState, told eWEEK. "It's an apples-to-oranges
comparison. Applications that thrive on the Google App Engine platform are
generally those that take limited transaction cycles to complete and conform to
Google's fixed quota system for daily limits and maximum rates of data
transfers, API calls and transformations.
Once you've hit these resource maximums that Google sets to ensure the
integrity of their shared architecture's boundaries, then you have to 'ask' for
permission to 'pay' for more cycles. Heavier computing cycles required by
enterprise or financial apps need their own dedicated servers. This is exactly
what the ActivePython Amazon EC2 AMI's
infrastructure provides, along with the build scripts to scale your
environments at your own discretion. With the ActivePython and Amazon EC2
combination, you have complete control of your computing resources, and you're
running your Python applications on Amazon's proven computing
new AMI from ActiveState featuring
ActivePython Business Edition provides access to Python database packages for
Postgres, Oracle, SQLite and MS SQL in the Amazon EC2 environment. It also
provides key cryptography packages (M2Crypto) for security and critical Python
packages for financial and scientific computing (Numpy, Scipy) applications.
The ActivePython AMI also enables companies
to get their own private, secure AMI
complete with scripts to easily deploy more stacks as their deployments grow.
ActiveState has built and tested all components of the stack ensuring seamless
excited to become an Amazon Solutions Provider providing the first
ActiveState-supported, tested, private and secure Python-centric AMI
to the market," Mueller said. "It enables faster development and deployment of
cloud-based applications and saves development time with a ready-to-run,
trusted ActivePython stack. Enterprises can go to market faster and more
securely with all the components and packages needed to enable enterprise-grade
security and database connectivity."
with ActivePython includes:
Linux: Basic 64-bit Ubuntu 10.04 AMI 1.0-available for
Amazon's t1.micro, m1.large, m1.xlarge, m2.2xlarge, m2.4xlarge, and c1.xlarge
MySQL (5.1) alternate database
SQLite3 alternate database
Apache (2.2.16) default Web server
gunicorn alternate Web server
the ActivePython 2.6.6 Community Edition, which includes Python packages,
features: Customizable AMI build scripts to
quickly deploy multiple AMI instances,
MySQL_python (1.2.3), Django 1.2.3, Memcached, Nginx (0.8.53), virtualenv
(1.5.1) and virtualenvwrapper, PyCrypto, Fabric (0.9.2), and runit 2.0.0.
ActivePython 2.6.6 Business Edition preview includes: a license to deploy cloud
applications to users who are external to the licensee's company; installation,
usage, configuration, and diagnosis support for ActivePython components; Python
packages for Postgres (psycopg2), Oracle (cx_Oracle), ODBC (pyodbc), Microsoft
SQL Server (pymssql); a security cryptography Python package: M2Crypto; and
financial and scientific computing Python packages: Numpy, Scipy, matplotlib.
said the ActivePython AMI also includes a
sample Django Web application; links to PyPM, the Python Package Manager index
to find required Python packages easily; and tutorials and documentation to
learn how to develop and deploy quickly.
AMI with ActivePython Community Edition is
free if using cloud applications for internal company use, ActiveState said.
The AMI with ActivePython Business Edition
is $999/server/year and is available immediately. For more information, go to: http://aws.amazon.com/amis/0504835354415205.
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