Latest ActiveState Stackato Release Extends PaaS support to OpenStack Ecosystem
by Diane Mueller

Diane Mueller, January 19, 2012

Stackato adds support for OpenStack, XenServer, KVM and More

The ever-expanding OpenStack ecosystem now has an enterprise-ready PaaS. Stackato, built on Cloud Foundry and hardened for the enterprise, now supports vSphere, Amazon/AMI, HP Cloud Services, OpenStack, Citrix XenServer, and KVM infrastructure models.

ActiveState joined the OpenStack community in 2011, and committed publicly to making PaaS a reality for OpenStack deployments. As showcased with  Stackato’s successful deployment to HP’s OpenStack-based cloud, we’ve made good on this commitment, and are now pleased to offer OpenStack-ready Stackato for download with our latest release of Stackato.

Stackato—ActiveState’s commercial-ready, secure, multi-tenant platform for creating a private PaaS—is now the linchpin connecting Cloud Foundry and OpenStack.  Stackato’s enterprise-ready OpenStack support ensures that these two important ecosystems can be securely deployed together.

With Stackato, customers can deploy applications to either a private internal cloud (like ones powered by vSphere, XenServer, KVM, or OpenStack) or one hosted with a third-party cloud-hosting provider (like those powered by Amazon, RackSpace, or HP Cloud Services).

Stackato also now has SSH support, so you can have a secure interactive shell in any of your application instances. (Personally, this is my favorite new feature in this latest Stackato release.) This is possible (and safe) because each application instance runs in it's own para-virtualized container using LXC, providing more secure multi-tenancy.

In addition to OpenStack deployment and ssh support, Stackato has a new Management Console that replaces the Admin Dashboard with a new, improved user interface:

Management Console displays status of applications and users along with a real-time view of the operations happening in the cloud.


The Management Console offers deep visibility into the activity and events in a private cloud to help administrators better manage usage. This view includes showing activities of developers who deployed an application, number of instances deployed, memory usage, data services deployed, and languages used.

And there’s more: Additional updates in this latest release include improved application lifecycle management, improved Perl deployment speed, and new pre-staging setup hooks.

Take a test drive with Stackato on a microcloud (VM) on your own desktop or deploy directly to the Stackato Sandbox 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.


1 comments for Latest ActiveState Stackato Release Extends PaaS support to OpenStack Ecosystem

Cloud computing and cloud storage and backup is something that millions of people do not understand because it all seems so complicated but hopefully things will be made simpler as time goes on.


There are people who try to explain cloud computing in layman's terms to real winners but somehow it is never really very successful and confusion sets in.