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Jeff Hobbs, February 29, 2012
Today's launch of Stackato—the application platform for creating a private PaaS—marks a milestone for ActiveState. Though it's an important day for the company, it's a far more important day for developers and enterprises looking to move to the cloud.
Stackato launches with a suite of innovative features, including a web-based management console, new app store, persistent file-system service, and New Relic performance-monitoring technology. Here's a closer look at a few of the things that make Stackato 1.0 great…
Web-based Management Console
The Stackato web-based Management Console is available as part of the Stackato Micro Cloud, Stackato Enterprise, and Stackato on AMI. (Sandbox users can view end-user details.)
The Management Console provides a real-time view into Stackato, enabling a Micro Cloud user to review an app running in a simulated environment on a desktop cluster or an IT/DevOps lead to monitor and control a broad Stackato cluster. The web-based GUI offers comprehensive administrative control of Stackato applications running in the cloud.
The Stackato App Store
Stackato launches with a new app store capability: Picture a one-stop shop for accessing common applications. The Stackato App Store framework enables developers and enterprises to create their own app stores, allowing for easy packaging, display, and delivery of enterprise cloud applications.
File System Service
Stackato 1.0 includes a persistent file system service. Applications can scale to dozens or hundreds of instances while sharing file storage using the same service model that currently provides databases. Developers can easily push applications like Drupal in to the cloud, and then scale them, without having to switch to database file storage.
Application Performance Monitoring from New Relic
Stackato 1.0 launches with cloud application performance-monitoring services from New Relic. Running application tests on a staging server can provide valuable feedback, but nothing beats testing an app in a real production environment. Stackato with New Relic delivers end-to-end visibility inside applications, and highlights app response times, customer experiences, and transaction speeds. Slow-loading apps or delayed transactions are easy to see, and full-stack tracing helps identify bottlenecks so they can be addressed.
Stackato will change the way developers and enterprises work in the cloud. From the web-based GUI of the new Management Console, to the convenience of the App Store framework, Stackato makes it easy to develop, deploy, migrate, scale, and administer cloud applications.
It’s easy to write about Stackato’s innovative features. But the real measure of Stackato’s success will be how developer, IT/DevOps, and CIO customers use those features to create value for their enterprises. Today’s launch of the most innovative application platform for the cloud will lead to the development and deployment of tomorrow’s most innovative cloud applications.
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