Stackato Goes Mobile: The FeedHenry Technology Collaboration and What It Means for Your Enterprise
by Diane Mueller

Diane Mueller, June 12, 2012

Today, ActiveState announced a joint technology collaboration with FeedHenry. FeedHenry’s cloud-based mobile application platform simplifies the development, integration, deployment. and management of secure mobile apps for business. And that innovative mobile technology is now integrated with Stackato, providing a unified mobility solution for enterprises and developers looking to host mobile applications within a private cloud. An enterprise with Stackato’s private Platform as a Service (PaaS) can now rapidly develop and deploy mobile applications within the same private PaaS environment using FeedHenry.

FeedHenry allows you to securely deploy your Mobile Apps on to any Stackato-enabled Cloud

The real-world enterprise needs to deliver, manage, and support mobile-ready applications, and Stackato with FeedHenry mobile technology now enables that enterprise to securely deploy and administer mobile-app server-side components within a Stackato private PaaS. And that ensures that mobile apps meet the same security and compliance criteria as private cloud apps. Even better, Stackato will enable IT administrators oversight over mobile and cloud applications via a unified management console view.

The FeedHenry platform enables application development in HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS. The Stackato integration with FeedHenry’s web-based AppStudio environment enables mobile application developers to deploy server-side code to any public, private, or hybrid cloud in a single push. Mobile applications created in HTML5 can be deployed to all major mobile devices and form factors – including Android and iOS. And the backend functionality remains secure, hosted on a Stackato private PaaS-enabled cloud.

FeedHenry's web-based mobile app development environment makes seamless app deployment to Stackato a snap.Problem Solved
At its most basic, a mobile application can simply be a set of client-only files. However, most mobile applications also have a cloud-hosted server-side component in which data is pushed and pulled from a hosted server. That interaction requires some form of user and device authentication in the exchange. More complex mobile applications often leverage shared JavaScript, which can be accessed from both the client and the cloud.

Today, most mobile applications developers build the app front-end first, and then connect the client to backend services (server) manually later, adjusting for production environment idiosyncrasies as they go. With FeedHenry now fully integrated into the Stackato ecosystem, developers can take a more integrated approach to development. FeedHenry plus Stackato lets those devs create their ideal front-end app while working with a simulated cross-platform production environment from the start: The back-end server can be deployed to the Cloud in a seamless manner directly from the FeedHenry IDE.

The integrated platform allows the use of any third party-JavaScript library on the client side and any Javascript Node.js modules on the server side. The server-side business and integration logic is developed using JavaScript, and developers can use any of the standard FeedHenry APIs for integration, caching, storage, and encryption.

Available today at, developers can build mobile apps using HTML5, JavaScript and CSS fully integrated and deploy directly to the Stackato PaaS on any Cloud (public, private, or hybrid) running Stackato.

Want to learn more? Visit the ActiveState Stackato and FeedHenry websites.

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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.