ActiveState Stackato 2.2 Delivers Free Production Tier, WebSockets, JBoss Support

 
 
By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2012-08-17
 
 
 

ActiveState has announced the release of Stackato 2.2, the latest version of its private platform as a service (PaaS) for the enterprise.

Stackato 2.2 supports WebSocket APIs, offers JBoss compatibility, provides management views for mobile devices, accommodates high-availability architectures and is available free for limited production use, ActiveState said.

Corporate IT has long struggled to enforce governance without hindering innovation. However, Stackato 2.2 balances developers' desire to innovate with IT managers' need to monitor the cloud. Sometimes enterprise developers face the temptation to "go rogue" and post applications to a public cloud. Stackato 2.2 addresses this challenge by enabling developers to get applications to market faster while preserving IT management control and visibility.

"Enterprise developers want to be in the cloud," Jeff Hobbs, CTO and vice president of engineering at ActiveState, said in a statement. "Now they don't have to go outside the firewall to get there. Stackato 2.2 delivers the scalability, flexibility and speed to market that developers crave without sacrificing the security, management and monitoring CIOs require."

With this release, ActiveState extends the Stackato license to include deployment to production. Customers can now deploy the free Stackato micro cloud to a production server-within a 4GB memory limit.

"Stackato has always enabled developers to mirror production environments on their desktop machines," said Bart Copeland, CEO of ActiveState. "Now those enterprise developers have the freedom to deploy their prototype applications in the actual production environment."

ActiveState officials said cloud innovators are adopting Stackato 2.2 as their enterprise private PaaS, with the company signing several new Fortune 1000 enterprise customers this quarter.

Using Stackato 2.2, enterprise customers can push "stateful" applications to the cloud. Applications requiring protected, real-time channel communication between server and browser can now be deployed to a secure private PaaS and managed within Stackato 2.2. Moreover, with the new JBoss support, enterprises that have built Java apps on the JBoss application server can move them to and manage them in a Stackato 2.2 cloud without having to recode or modify those apps.

Stackato 2.2 is available in Enterprise and Micro Cloud editions. In addition, Stackato is available on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and HP Cloud Services.

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