Private PaaS 101: What It Is and Why You Need ItPrivate PaaS 101: What It Is and Why You Need It

For the real-world enterprise, the cloud promises flexibility, efficiency, and convenience. The CIO wants ROI. The DevOps lead wants to scale. And the developer wants to launch apps fast. But those attractions mask realistic potential risks to data integrity, privacy, and even peace of mind. Cloud computing -- particularly the public-cloud model -- delivers flexibility, efficiency, and convenience, but at the potential cost of a loss of data governance, application oversight, and risk management. And that’s enough to make even the earliest of early adopters hesitate to move to the cloud.

Stackato is the application platform for creating a private PaaS using any language on any stack on any cloud. Private Platform-as-a-Service enables the real-world enterprise to reap the benefits of cloud computing while preserving the order of on-premise managed IT.

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Cloud Portability: PaaS Delivers the Holy GrailCloud Portability: PaaS Delivers the Holy Grail

Today’s enterprise is built on the promise of mobility, everywhere-access and flexibility. We work on multiple devices when and where we want, whether at the office, on the road or at home. We expect full access to our data and applications—whether we’re on a sales call, in a boardroom or on a cross-continental flight. And we want to be able to transfer our data to whatever platform we’re using, whether it’s mobile, on the desktop, or in the cloud.

That same need for portability applies to enterprise applications deployed to the cloud. When businesses house apps in the cloud, they expect to be able to move them where they need to be for optimal service, regulatory compliance, and privacy. Application portability is critical, but it’s a need left unfulfilled by public cloud providers.

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Stackato PaaS Architecture: How it works and whyStackato PaaS Architecture: How it works and why

Stackato is software for creating a private Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), letting you use a more advanced application hosting model than Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) or cloud orchestration software.

This high level overview shows how the parts of a Stackato PaaS work together to provide quick, automatic configuration of application environments and efficient use of computing resources.

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The USA Patriot Act and Your Data: Making the Case for Enterprise Private CloudThe USA Patriot Act and Your Data: Making the Case for Enterprise Private Cloud

Is the US Patriot Act causing you to hesitate on leveraging the cloud in your enterprise? Do you want to leverage the power of cloud computing but unsure what the security and privacy implications are for sensitive corporate data?

Corporations are thinking long and hard about the legal and regulatory implications of cloud computing. When it comes to actual corporate data, no matter what the efficiency gains are, legal departments are often directing IT departments to steer clear of any service that eliminates their ability to keep potential sensitive information out of the hands of Federal prosecutors.

Despite all the hype about every application moving into the cloud, some practical patterns are starting to emerge in the types of data corporations are willing to move to the cloud. Learn how to create a secure, compliant, private platform and cloud for developing, distributing and managing enterprise applications.

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Extending your VMware Cloud Infrastructure with a Private Platform-as-a-ServiceExtending your VMware Cloud Infrastructure with a Private Platform-as-a-Service

If you already use VMware’s Cloud Infrastructure as a virtualization platform, you are well on your way to providing IT as a Service. But as businesses demand faster results in today’s competitive market, organizations look to gain more benefits from cloud computing than just virtualized infrastructure.

Stackato Offers a Fast, Secure Way to Deploy Applications to your VMware Private Cloud.

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Python: The Programmer's Lingua FrancaPython: The Programmer's Lingua Franca

There are thousands of programming languages, but even if your organization works in one of the more popular languages, it's likely you will eventually interact with others who are unfamiliar with it. Since you can't be proficient in every programming language under the sun, a language that bridges technologies and allows people to communicate their ideas is needed.

A few programming languages have tried to fill this role over the years, but none holds as much promise as Python.

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Leverage the cloud for Python and Perl applications Leverage the Cloud for your Python & Perl Applications

Historically, moving your applications to the cloud meant making changes to your code in order for it to work in that new space. That has often meant scrapping perfectly good code and starting from scratch—but moving applications to the cloud is getting a lot easier, and there are several good business reasons to do so. Find out how Stackato offers a simple way to deploy your apps to the cloud in 15 minutes or less.

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Redistribute and package ActivePerl, ActivePython, ActiveTcl Quality Ingredients for Software: ActivePerl, ActivePython and ActiveTcl

Spending time, resources and money "recreating the wheel" is not a wise business choice, yet many companies find that they are doing just that. When it comes to software development, rely on pre-built and proven dynamic scripting languages ActivePerl, ActivePython and ActiveTcl to give your team time to focus on core competencies and value-add. Shorten your development cycle, increase efficiency, and shorten your time to market—all while relying on the industry's best available (cross-platform) language distributions .

Learn more about redistribution options for ActivePerl, ActivePython and ActiveTcl >>

OS-Independent Interpreters: Preventing incompatibility with cross-platform Python, Perl and Tcl

IT departments standardize systems and procedures, and for good reason. Standardization makes for efficient rolling out updates and security patches, installing software, and providing user support.  However, programs requiring an interpreter run (i.e. dynamic languages like Perl, Python, Tcl, Ruby and PHP) are often exempted from this standardization. Such programs are often set up in an ad-hoc fashion, sometimes leading to dire consequences that could cost your company time, money and resources. What are your options?

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ActiveState White Paper Buy Vs Build Buy vs Build: Delivering Faster, Better Software with Best-of-Breed Solutions

Everyone loves home improvement reality TV, especially high-drama episodes where construction newbies attempt risky renovations. For many of us, “DIY” is synonymous with demolition; but it’s also relevant to software development. Home renovation setbacks — delayed deadlines, exploding budgets and sub-par results — haunt software development projects, too. In this paper, we discuss the risks of do-it-yourself software development and make a case for why off-theshelf best-of-breed components and OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturing) solutions can be a better choice for your application.

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Expert Tips and Tricks for Integrating Large-Scale Databases with Perl and Python

Organizations depending on large-scale databases to manage large data sets need well-tested, well-supported solutions to manage and massage their data. Perl or Python coupled with a mature relational database is often your best solution in cost, stability, and usability.

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True Cost of Open Source Software The True Cost of Open Source Software Uncovering Hidden Costs and Maximizing ROI

What is the total cost of ownership of open source? Why is open source so popular? What do I need to know to assess ROI on open source?

If you've ever heard or asked yourself these questions and you wished you had a comprehensive guide to give you the answers you are looking for, you'll find this white paper very informative.

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Avoiding the Epic Fail Avoiding the Epic Fail: Improving Software Development Success with ActivePerl

Software development is hard.  No matter what the end product, many of the same stumbling blocks come up time and again and get in the way of project success. Some classic pitfalls include time restraints, insufficient in-house resources, scope creep, and spiraling development costs.

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Ten myths About Running Open Source Software Ten Myths About Running Open Source Software in Your Business

When it comes to open source software, there are two camps: there are open source zealots who insist that Windows never works, and Linux is king, and then there are the naysayers who would sooner eat dirt than troubleshoot an Apache web server. So, who is right?

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Take the Sting Out of Web Development Take the Sting Out of Web Development With ActivePython

The wonderful world of Web 2.0 is evident everywhere in our daily digital lives. Web development technologies like JavaScript, Ajax, Flash and Flex are dramatically improving web application design and have catapulted database. What does this mean for software development?

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License to Code: Indemnifying your Business Against Open Source Licensing Liabilities License to Code: Indemnifying Your Business Against Open Source Licensing Liabilities

Not long ago, open source software in the enterprise was a contentious topic. Conference panels and industry experts questioned the integrity of mixing open source with commercial and proprietary code. Would it unlock a pandora's box of developer pain and sub-par software?

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Follow the Leader: ActiveTcl on Routers and Network Appliances Follow the Leader: ActiveTcl on Routers and Network Appliances

The network infrastructure sector is a competitive space. Router and network appliance manufacturers are faced with the challenge of providing rock-solid hardware while making sure their devices are flexible and configurable enough to meet a wide range of user needs.

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Open Source: What is the Total Cost of Ownership? Open Source: What is the Total Cost of Ownership?

In 2005, Scott McNeely of Sun Microsystems quipped that open source software was "free like a puppy is free". Just as you can pick out a puppy from the pound without paying expensive breeder fees, you can download and use open source software without buying a single license. But puppies become dogs, and dogs need food, toys, training and lots and lots of love. The same goes for open source software.

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Is Outsourcing the Answer in an Economic Downturn? Is Outsourcing the Answer in an Economic Downturn?

Is the finance sector's renewed vigor for outsourcing just a temporary cost-cutting measure? Or will today's tough economic climate initiate long-term financial and productivity gains?

Learn more about outsourcing open source component support in the finance sector >>

Unveiling the Origins, Myths, Use and Benefits of Dynamic Languages Unveiling the Origins, Myths, Use and Benefits of Dynamic Languages: A Closer Look at Perl, Python, Tcl, PHP, Javascript and others.

Over 57% of enterprises today use open source programming languages like Perl, Python and PHP based on a recent Forrester survey. Why are these languages becoming so prevalent?

Learn more about Perl, Python, Tcl, PHP and Javascript dynamic languages >>