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Troy Topnik, May 5, 2011
ActiveState is entering the cloud market.
Today we're announcing Stackato, a platform for Python and Perl applications on public and private clouds.
In the world of IT buzzwords few terms are quite as cloudy as "cloud", but its origins are pretty well agreed upon: it's that fluffy part of your whiteboard diagram that you don't have to worry about. This is a great idea if you're comfortable with making your application infrastructure somebody else's responsibility.
We've been talking to our customers over the past months, and it turns out that many of them do not have this luxury.
These companies and institutions have to to be responsible for the reliability and scalability of their critical applications themselves. Their corporate policies (and understandable caution) prevent them from trusting their application infrastructure to a third party.
Enterprises are increasingly turning to private clouds to fill the gap (providing the hardware, virtualization, and OS layers) but there's still an additional software stack that has to be built for each application. Their development teams are currently unable to take advantage of the tremendous agility available in the Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) world: pre-configured application frameworks and useful command-line deployment tools.
We are providing developers with the same ease of use and allow companies to provide their own PaaS for their developers.
Stackato is built on Cloud Foundry, a VMware sponsored open source project that fills the gap between the virtualized system and the application. Its launch provided numerous demonstrations of just how fast and easy deployment to a cloud - any cloud - can be. It currently supports Ruby, Node.js and Java. We're extending it to support Python and Perl, with additional languages to follow.
One of the key innovations here is portability. You are not bound to one service provider or one infrastructure. You can deploy applications anywhere: to a VM on your workstation, to your vSphere cluster, or to an infrastructure provider like EC2 or Rackspace.
Stackato takes advantage of our industry-proven ActivePython and ActivePerl distributions and their built-in binary package managers: PyPM and PPM. This gives you a range of language releases to choose from, and quick access to thousands of modules from PyPI and CPAN including the latest frameworks for building web applications (Django, Pylons, Mojolicious, Catalyst and more). We're also adding Stackato integration to Komodo so you can create, debug, test and deploy applications right in the IDE.
We need to know that we're building what people want early on, so we're opening signup for the developer preview of Stackato. We're looking for developers and IT administrators who are interested in running Python and Perl applications in the cloud to take an early look at what we're building and give us some feedback. Sign up for the developer preview, tell us a bit about what you're looking for, and see if Stackato is what you need.
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