Insights on Code, the Cloud, and More

Solomon Hykes Explains Docker

By Phil Whelan, June 3, 2013

I just had a call with Solomon Hykes from dotCloud about Docker, who gave me the low-down about Docker.

What is Docker?

Docker brings the power of Linux containers (LXC) and aufs (Another Union File System) to create a new level of packaging and process isolation that really is something you should sit up and take note of.

Category: open source

Stackato and Komodo in Portland for DrupalCon

By Matthew Fisher, May 31, 2013

DrupalCon this year was an absolute blast! This was my very first convention, so it was a little nerve-racking, but it was an incredible experience. The sponsors, coordinators, and the visitors there were all great people to talk to, and the food was AMAZING.

Protoduction: An agile workflow enabled by PaaS

By Troy Topnik, May 30, 2013

Here is a word I recently saw on the #stackato IRC channel: protoduction

It's not in any dictionary that I'm aware of, but it's generally construed to be "a prototype that ends up in production" or some sort of hacky solution that ends up being deployed in a hurry. The word was used in reference to a proof-of-concept system that had been opened up to developers and was now hosting production applications a little... ahead of schedule.

Category: stackato

Pushing to Stackato Directly from Eclipse or STS

By William Gautier, May 29, 2013

If you use Eclipse or its variants to develop applications, you can directly deploy your Java applications to Stackato with VMware’s Cloud Foundry Integration plugin. Here is how you can do it, starting from an existing Eclipse and Stackato install, in three simple steps.

Adding Stackato’s Certificate to Java

Before installing the plugin, you will need to allow Java to access Stackato via SSL. First, download your Stackato certificate. The easiest way is to access your Stackato management console with a browser.

Open Sourced: IRC Customer Support Modules for madcow

By Tara Gibbs, May 23, 2013

Last month, we had a hackathon here at ActiveState. I spent some time creating a collection of modules for Chris Jones' madcow IRC bot that would be useful to our dev and support team members.

You see, we've got this IRC channel on freenode: #stackato

Category: open source, stackato

DevOps: Who We Are and Where We Are Going

By Dan Razzell, May 21, 2013

Everything old is new again, including perennial quesions about the human condition. Here at ActiveState, we got to talking the other day about a recent DevOps paper by Dave Zwieback, The Human Side of Postmortems, published by O'Reilly in 2013.

Private PaaS Makes Application Portability Easy for DevOps

By Isabelle Groc, May 16, 2013

For most IT staff, once cloud infrastructure is implemented, flexibility becomes challenging. What happens if project requirements, features or budget changes, and the cloud model doesn't fit as well as originally planned? 

Luckily, there is a solution. Private Platform as a Service (PaaS) empowers IT and DevOps to take control and shift applications from one cloud environment to another.

A Small Simple App

By Phil Whelan, May 15, 2013

A Small Simple App

This is a fictional story, based in reality.

It sounds as if the idea I have will work. Feedback has been good, and I did not get slammed on Hacker News. There's a nice flow of people signing up on the landing page, so I think I should be able to get a few people kicking the tires as soon as I have something live.

Category: stackato

From DevOps to Private PaaS: Bridging the Divide

By Isabelle Groc, May 10, 2013

Interviewed by Cloudcast's Aaron Delp, Bart Copeland and John Wetherill engaged in a lively discussion on how developers are adopting DevOps models and how polyglot PaaS technologies are deployed in the enterprise.

Quickly Install WordPress Using Stackato PaaS

By Phil Whelan, May 9, 2013

Quickly Install WordPress Using Stackato PaaS

One of my favorite features of Stackato is the App Store. It contains many commonly used Open Source products just waiting to be installed with a few clicks of the mouse.

WordPress is one of these apps, and I took a quick screencast to demonstrate just how quick it is.

Category: stackato