What’s New in Stackato 1.0
by Jeff Hobbs

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 Stackato Management Console offers comprehensive administrative control of Stackato applications running in the cloud.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.


The Stackato App Store is a one-stop shop for accessing common 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 features cloud application performance-monitoring services from New Relic.

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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Jeff Hobbs is our CTO & VP, Engineering and oversees all ActiveState product development including our cloud solutions. Though he’s responsible for leading and fostering our talented development team, Jeff is a coder at heart! He is passionate about technologies that just work, making the lives of developers easier. His current obsession is making Stackato the best private PaaS platform for developers: using any language, any infrastructure, and leveraging open source - so that applications just deploy and scale in any cloud.