Infrastructure-Agnostic PaaS: Why we Joined OpenStack and OVA
by Angie Hirata

Angie Hirata, October 13, 2011

cloud infrastructureWhile Stackato is still in beta, we've been having conversations with many companies that are testing Stackato as a private PaaS platform. Whether large companies or private cloud operators, they seem to fall into two categories when it comes to how they view the underlying infrastructure of their private cloud.

1. Some are 100% VMware, and run their private cloud on vSphere, vCenter, vCloud Director - the VMware cloud infrastructure stack.

2. Others are split between a few different virtualization technologies, including vSphere, KVM, Xen, and others. They've either implemented different ones, or are looking to diversify the technologies they use. Some of these companies are open source supporters so lean towards KVM or Xen. Others want commercially backed options, but still don't want to be tied to a single vendor for their virtualization.

So that is why we joined the OpenStack community last week, and the Open Virtualization Alliance (that supports KVM) this week.

We built Stackato as a private PaaS platform that would work with whatever underlying infrastructure a customer chose. Our first implementation and testing was done on vSphere. Then on Amazon EC2. And now, with feedback from the Stackato beta testers, we are more closely and quickly looking at testing with other popular technologies.

Have feedback for us? Share your comments! Or better yet, join the Stackato beta and test out a private PaaS as a micro cloud (VM) or in our Amazon EC2 Sandbox.

And stay tuned for more news on infrastructure support!

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Angie Hirata is our VP, Sales & Marketing. Before joining ActiveState, Angie worked at several start-ups and large organizations including Maximizer Software, JustSystems, Eyeball Networks, Seagate Software, and SEI Industries. She holds a B.Comm from the University of British Columbia and a leadership certificate from the New York University School of Business.