Stackato now officially "Beta" - Come create your own private PaaS with our Cloud Platform!
by Diane Mueller

Diane Mueller, July 11, 2011

Stackato for private cloud PaaSI am happy to officially announce Stackato Beta availability!

We're ready to open up Stackato, ActiveState's cloud platform for creating your own Private PaaS, to an even wider audience.

I'm very proud of all the hard work the ActiveState team has done with Stackato and grateful for all the feeback we recieved from the Developer Preview participants!  The Developer Preview was made available to a wide range of developers, mavens, and devops types starting back in May. We've been getting lots of great feedback since day one which we've now incorporated into our Beta release. 

The Developer Preview feedback has been incredibly important and helped us make great strides in hardening Stackato for enterprise use and extending Stackato's features and services.  We look forward to hearing more from all of you as we launch into this next Beta phase.

With the feedback we got from testers, we added and beefed up some of these features:

  • Python 3 support
  • PostgreSQL database
  • MongoDB database
  • Catalyst (Perl web framework)
  • https support

Here's what some of the early testers have said:

“Stackato is really cool and we plan on moving our production stack onto a Private PaaS within the next 2 months or so. With Stackato as our cloud platform, our developers and administrators can focus on building applications, not configuring machines or middleware. Stackato will help us get our web applications up and running very quickly.” - Mike Frager, Software Developer, Dial Your Leads

“I was impressed with the first preview of Stackato. I had a Mojolicious app running on a private cloud within 5 minutes! It took longer to figure out how to install the competitor's client than to setup a whole Stackato private cloud." - Sebastien Riedel, creator of Catalyst and Mojolicious Perl web frameworks

And we have the support of VMware for our work on top of Cloud Foundry:

“ActiveState has taken a leading role in delivering innovative capabilities for Python and Perl developers on top of VMware’s Cloud Foundry platform. Openness, ease of use, and flexibility are important to enterprises deploying apps in the cloud. ActiveState’s Stackato is a great option for enterprises that, for security and other reasons, want the flexibility to create a private cloud or private PaaS environment.” - Christopher Keene, VP Cloud Computing Ecosystem at VMware

Also, check out the Stackato demo we just posted to YouTube to get an idea of how fast Stackato is - we deployed our sample app in 8 minutes!

So if you like the agility of the cloud, but your enterprise demands the security of an in-house solution, try Stackato. We’d love your input! Go to and request access to the Beta today.  Fill out the short survey, and I'll send you an invite code & a link to download a VM for you to get started today.

I look forward to hearing from you!


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Diane Mueller is a Cloud Evangelist at ActiveState. She has been designing & implementing financial applications at Fortune 500 corporations for over 20 years. Diane has been actively involved in development efforts of XBRL Open Standard ( since 1999.


2 comments for Stackato now officially "Beta" - Come create your own private PaaS with our Cloud Platform!

I'm not sure I understand why you needed to 'add' Catalyst, surely for Perl you are providing PSGI-enabled servers to run any PSGI apps (i.e. any framework, which is just about all Perl frameworks now) or something similar?

I figured you'd at least have feature parity with Phenona.


Phenona and Stackato have different codebases, but yes they both support PSGI apps.

And yes, Catalyst apps would have worked in previous Developer Preview Stackato releases, but we hadn't tested any apps or verified that all the Catalyst prerequisites (and there can be a lot of them) were available via PPM. We now have some Catalyst demos working, which is why we're mentioning it.