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Jeff Hobbs, May 15, 2012
We get asked occasionally about Stackato support for .NET. It's clearly an important enterprise application platform today, but there are some technical challenges to supporting it on a Linux-based PaaS system.
Stackato, like the Cloud Foundry code base it's built upon, has a modular design that can be extended to provide application hosting on any operating system - including Windows.
Tier 3's Iron Foundry project does just that by providing a Windows-based DEA (Droplet Execution Agent) that works with Stackato.
Stackato & Iron Foundry Micro VM combo
The Iron Foundry and Stackato development teams have been working together to ensure smooth integration of our VMs. To add .NET support to a Stackato instance, you need to run a separate Iron Foundry Micro Cloud which handles .NET application hosting (the Iron Foundry DEA) and provides a MS-SQL database service. You can run the VMs side-by-side on the same hypervisor host, or host them separately. You just need to make sure they can see each other (e.g. by running in bridged mode). With the two VMs connected as per the setup instructions, you're ready to push applications that use the .NET framework.
Get the VMs
To try this pairing out for yourself, you'll need to download VMs to run on your local hypervisor:
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