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Brent Smithurst, August 16, 2012
I'm really excited to announce that Stackato can now be used for free in a production environment (subject to some restrictions noted below)!
First, let me explain the background. Stackato may seem similar to other Platform as a Service (PaaS) products on the surface, but it's really quite different because it's built for a different market. Stackato is built for large enterprises who want the convenience of a public PaaS (like Heroku), but with the flexibility to run it in the datacenter of their choosing. For most Stackato customers, this means their own private cloud, whether on-premise or a hosted virtual private cloud (or even a combination of both as a hybrid cloud setup).
That's quite a different model from most other PaaS providers in the market who are actually selling you a hosting service with a lighter-weight PaaS on top. With Stackato, you provide your own hosting service, and use the heavy-duty, enterprise-ready Stackato on top.
Prior to Stackato 2.2, an Enterprise License was required to deploy an application to Stackato for any production use. Our customers let us know that they wanted the freedom to do some things that our Micro Cloud license didn't allow:
- Enterprises wanted to prototype complex applications with Stackato, without being out of compliance.
- Users wanted a simple (and legal) way to start small, in production, and then scale up (by adding licenses) as demand on their apps grew.
- Individual developers (who were not necessarily part of our enterprise target market) wanted to use Stackato in production (on a small scale) without acquiring a license.
We listened to our customers and made changes to allow those activities. If you love reading legal documents, go ahead and read the entire new license agreement. Otherwise, the basic terms are that you can use Stackato for free in the following ways:
- For commercial or production purposes: as a single node only, limited to 4GB or less of memory.
- For non-commercial use (e.g. personal/internal use or open source projects): as a single node only.
- For internal commercial use (including development and testing use): as a single node only.
All three of those use cases include technical support only via ActiveState's community forums; there is, however, extensive technical documentation included with the product.
I hope this makes it simpler to get your feet wet with Stackato. Why not download it today, risk free, and see how it can benefit you? If you just want to learn more, check out our updated Features & Benefits page to see how Stackato can help you or you can read more about 2.2 here.
Oh, and our sales department would be very upset with me if I didn't point out that you should contact us to obtain a Stackato Enterprise license agreement if you need:
- To use Stackato for commercial or production purposes above 4GB of memory.
- To use Stackato in a multi-node configuration, or to redistribute Stackato.
- A fully supported version of Stackato.