Open source software can help make IT more cost-effective, faster to deploy. That's why NASA, NSA and other government organizations use dynamic languages like Perl, Python and Tcl in their applications.

But, there are some risks. If your applications are critical for operational success and must not fail, the "open" nature of open source software can make technical problems slow to fix. In fact, the US Department of Defense and Department of Navy strongly recommend commercial-grade support for open source*, and other government agencies are following suit.

Commercial-grade language distributions and priority technical support from ActiveState makes dynamic languages a safe and reliable choice for government.

Here's why:

Maximum Uptime for Critical Applications

ActiveState Business Editions are affordable solutions developed for government organizations that use dynamic languages in key processes or in operation-critical applications. Business Edition customers trust ActiveState's guaranteed technical support and regular fixes and updates to ensure they're using the most secure, high-performance languages in their applications.

If you run applications with a higher threshold of guaranteed up-times, then the more robust ActiveState Enterprise Editions offer enhanced commercial support, indemnification, and priority access to our dynamic languages experts.

Comply with Government Open Source Requirements

Is your government organization calling for mandatory commercial-grade support for open source components? Get ActiveState commercial-grade support with ActivePerl, ActivePython and ActiveTcl Business Edition and ensure you are in compliance with support requirements.   

Speed-Up Application Development 

With assistance from ActiveState experts, your team will speed-up development, improve product quality and ultimately make constituents happier. ActiveState language experts will work side-by-side with your team to improve the design, development, deployment and success of IT projects that use Perl, Python and Tcl. 

ActiveState also provides development tools that can help to dramatically simplify and speed-up Perl, Python and Tcl development.

Perl Dev Kit (PDK) enables you to build and deploy Perl applications on any platform with speed and ease.

Tcl Dev Kit (TDK)  is made up of essential tools that make it easy to create, build and deploy Tcl applications on various platforms.

Komodo IDE is ActiveState’s award-winning, professional development environment for dynamic languages.

GSA Advantage for US Government Purchasers

ActiveState is an approved vendor in the GSA Advantage program, making it easier for US government staff to buy.

If you're part of an agency that can buy under the GSA Advantage program, you can now search for our products and place your orders online. Rest assured your GSA pricing will always be the lowest price available on all of our products. Search the GSA Advantage site to view all of our products and pricing. If you require a formal quote for purchases or you're looking for something not listed in the catalog please contact us for a quote.

* Joab Jackson, "DOD open source memo could change software landscape", Government Computer News, October 28, 2009.