ActiveState Launches Stackato 1.0 Private PaaS Offering

ActiveState delivers version 1.0 of its Stackato platform for creating private Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) environments.

ActiveState 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.

€œThis is a great day for developers and enterprises looking to the cloud,€ said ActiveState CEO Bart Copeland in a statement. €œStackato delivers on the promise of the cloud€”convenience, cost-efficiency€”with 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 can 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.

€œStackato is about freedom, control and ROI,€ Copeland said. €œDevelopers 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 that€™s 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, €œStackato changes the way development teams produce cloud applications,€ said Jeff Hobbs, vice president of engineering and CTO at ActiveState, in a statement. €œIts support for multiple languages and stacks means engineering can truly €˜develop anywhere and deploy anywhere.€™ Devs code in the language that€™s best for them and best for their enterprise.€

€œWe€™ve been working with Stackato for several months now,€ said Nate Aune, CEO of Appsembler, in a statement. €œWe€™ve 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.€

€œActiveState makes an excellent partner for us,€ said Colin Humphreys, director of technology for Carrenza. €œOur 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. ... ActiveState€™s 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