Little Clouds for Free: ActiveState commits to a free Stackato Micro Cloud
by Diane Mueller

Diane Mueller, November 22, 2011
Stackato Micro Cloud

ActiveState is proud to announce that Stackato will continue to be free of charge for you to use as a single node. Stackato will ship with a "micro cloud" license option. This means that you can always have your very own private Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) for free.

During the beta period for Stackato, we were asked to clarify the usage policy for micro cloud usage when Stackato has its general availability (GA) release. We want to assure the developer community that Stackato will remain free for use as a single node for non-commercial or internal commercial use.

At ActiveState, our products all leverage community-driven open source projects, and Stackato is yet another example of our commitment to support the community. Stackato is ActiveState's commercial distribution of the open source Cloud Foundry PaaS project. We've extended it with additional languages, services and features, and hardened it for enterprise use with enhanced security.

We want to ensure that developers have the freedom to continue to develop, test and deploy using Stackato. You can expect a license similar to the Community Edition licenses for ActivePerl, ActivePython, and ActiveTcl for Stackato Micro Cloud.

Our Stackato VM download boots as a running Stackato server instance. It is able to function as a stand-alone server with all of the necessary components (router, cloud controller, DEA, etc.) for staging and running applications. This single Stackato server instance is considered a "single node" of Stackato and is commonly referred to as a "micro cloud".

After GA, the Stackato micro cloud will continue to be available to download, install and use for free for your personal projects and internal deployments.

Technical support will not be included with the Stackato micro cloud license, however developers can still participate in our community forums and access all documentation. If you require guaranteed production-level support, plan to deploy Stackato in a multi-node deployment, or wish to deploy Stackato for external commercial purposes, we will be offering different licensing and support packages with the GA release.

As part of our commitment to the developer community, we will continue to develop a hypervisor- and IaaS-agnostic PaaS platform, helping remove vendor lock-in and enabling true portability of your applications across the cloud.

For more information please contact us directly or get started with the Stackato micro cloud today!

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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.