Video: Hybrid cloud Stackato deployments using jclouds & Brooklyn
by Diane Mueller

Diane Mueller, June 26, 2012

Hybrid cloud Stackato with brooklyn and jclouds

Cloudsoft CTO Alex Heneveld shows how to deploy Stackato in a Hybrid Cloud configuration.

In this video podcast, Cloudsoft CTO Alex Heneveld and I demonstrate how to run applications in hybrid clouds using Stackato -- ActiveState's Platform-as-a-Service for private clouds -- and two open source projects: brooklyn (a control plane for distributed applications) and jclouds (multi-cloud library that helps deploy Stackato in multiple clouds). The demonstration showcases a hybrid cloud that spans both the HP Cloud and Amazon`s AWS.

This video illustrates Stackato's agile management capability: You'll learn how to use Stackato to extend a cluster across multiple locations, set up geographic DNS (geo-dns) to route users to the best cluster on any cloud, and enable an application to automatically deploy itself. That application -- whether Java, python, php, ruby, or others -- can be deployed, moved, and spanned across multiple Stackato clusters on any cloud.

In a hybrid cloud environment, Stackato gives you a secured, containerized common runtime environment for your applications, so you're insulated from the vagaries of multiple clouds, OSes, load balancers, firewall rules, and the lot. The Brooklyn open source project allows you to create Stackato clusters automatically in multiple clouds, then host your policies for starting, monitoring, and changing the environment.

In the video's hybrid cloud deployment example, Stackato manages the applications within clusters with its hardened health-assurance and in-cluster scalable architecture. Brooklyn manages the deployment of the application to Stackato across multiple instances, providing active management for the number of instances, the size of the Stackato deployments, and cross-cluster configuration.

All code used in this demo is available on Github.

Both brooklyn and jclouds are open source projects that are backed by the Cloudsoft team. So join the communities if you're interested in using or contributing, or contact ActiveState or Cloudsoft sales if you're interested in a commercial relationship.

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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.