Stackato 2.10.6 Released!
by Brent Smithurst

Brent Smithurst, June 10, 2013

Stackato 2.10.6Stackato 2.10.6 -- a new, turbocharged version of Stackato 2.10 that adds a couple of useful new features and an even better web console -- is now available. This is the last planned release of our "Gibson" series; we've been working hard on a bigger feature release in the meantime and look forward to releasing it this summer. Once again though, we did squeeze a couple of features into 2.10.6.

As usual, the forum announcement and release notes have the complete change list.

One of the great things about being a product manager for Stackato is that I get to talk to real, actual customers regularly. Several customers in particular are pushing Stackato hard and doing things we never expected; one in particular has mobile applications running on Stackato that are being actively used by more than 25,000 users. They also have a custom application on Stackato that hooks into their corporate directory to check user status in various places (including Microsoft Lync) and then writes that information back to the corporate directory; it was getting over 400,000 requests per day until they had to temporarily take it offline because their legacy corporate directory back-end couldn't handle the volume (that back-end was NOT running on Stackato).

The point is that real enterprise customers like them heavily influence our release cycle and roadmap. It continues to surprise me how many other PaaS providers are motivated by entirely different target markets and use cases.

kato patch

Unlike with some PaaS products, you've always been able to migrate from one version of Stackato to another and you've always been able to apply various patches manually. The new kato patch command makes applying patches even easier than before. It checks with our servers to see if any patches are available for your version of Stackato. If so, it will list them and allow you to apply all patches (or individual ones) with a single command that downloads the patches, applies them to the relevant cluster nodes, and restarts any roles that require a restart. It's pretty cool stuff and is equally exciting for our technical support team as it is for our users.

Google Apps Authentication

We added LDAP and Active Directory authentication to Stackato in version 2.8. Those two AOK strategies fit most of our enterprise customers very well. However, a lot of startups (among other organizations) are heavy Google Apps users and want all users to authenticate there. So, if you have a Google Apps for Business domain, you can now specify it as your authentication strategy in Stackato.

Other Changes

As always, there are many other changes in 2.10.6, including even more usability enhancements in our industry-leading web console plus security and performance improvements. I can't list everything in the blog post, because I'm getting ready for HP Discover. If you're there, be sure to stop by our booth and say hi!

Once again, I encourage you to let us know what you would like to see added to Stackato. What problems are you having that Stackato is not currently solving? How can we make your life easier? Please let me know via Twitter, brents+feedback [at] activestate [dot] com (subject: Stackato%20feedback) (email), or our Stackato discussion forum.

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Brent is ActiveState's Vice President of Product Management & Marketing. He's interested in helping enterprise IT departments and developers work together more effectively. Prior to joining ActiveState, he held leadership positions in software product management, IT, operations, and marketing for organizations in security/computer management, motion picture/television, food services, and hardware retail/online industries. But you already knew that after checking him out on LinkedIn, didn't you?