ActiveState Promotes Stackato Private PAAS

ActiveState has joined two organizations that support open cloud development in an effort to bolster the company's Stackato private platform as a service (PaaS), which is now in beta.

ActiveState, a maker of dynamic language programming tools, announced that it has joined both OpenStack and the Open Virtualization Alliance in support of the company's Stackato private platform-as-a-service offering.

ActiveState officials said joining the two organizations will promote the development of Stackato, its platform for creating a private PaaS, as a hypervisor and infrastructure-agnostic platform. ActiveState joins leading virtualization and cloud solution providers in the OVA to foster adoption and promote third-party solutions around Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) as an open virtualization alternative to proprietary solutions.

ActiveState, which offers solutions for Perl, Python, Tcl and other Web languages, announced its membership in the OVA on Oct. 13; the company announced its membership in the OpenStack Foundation in an Oct. 6 blog post by Bart Copeland, the company's CEO.

"We are very pleased to welcome ActiveState into the Open Virtualization Alliance (OVA)," said Scott Crenshaw, vice president and general manager of the Cloud Business Unit at Red Hat and a founding member of the Open Virtualization Alliance, in a statement. "The support for the Open Virtualization Alliance from industry leaders and innovators shows the widespread interest in KVM as an open-virtualization alternative. KVM delivers leading performance, scalability and security, making it a compelling alternative to proprietary virtualization technologies."

Also in a statement, Copeland said: "We built Stackato as a private PaaS solution that doesn't tie companies to one single infrastructure or hypervisor product. We want to give our customers flexibility and choice. By joining the Open Virtualization Alliance, we are proud to show our ongoing commitment to work with the widest array of hypervisor and infrastructure solutions to provide the options our users are demanding."

Stackato is currently in Beta, open to developers and cloud administrators to try as a micro cloud (VM) or in a sandbox on Amazon EC2. To sign up for the Stackato beta program go to:

Meanwhile, regarding the move to OpenStack, Copeland said in his blog post:

"The history of ActiveState has been in working with open-source projects: contributing back to communities, while adding value to open-source projects for enterprise use. A few months ago, we chose to base our Stackato private PaaS platform on the Cloud Foundry open source project. We have hardened it and further extended the project for enterprise private PaaS deployment. Then, based on our Python contributions, we were selected by VMware as the Python community lead.Now, we continue this successful model by joining the OpenStack community as a commitment to continue working with the widest array of infrastructure platforms. Today's enterprises and private cloud providers are demanding options and openness to allow for flexibility and freedom. And Stackato and OpenStack are both examples where choice and openness provide this."