ActiveState Acquires Appsecute: Private-PaaS Leader Purchases Social DevOps Solutions Provider

VANCOUVER, BC – June 4, 2013 – ActiveState®, whose software enables developers and enterprises to innovate from code to cloud, today announced the acquisition of Appsecute™, the leader in social DevOps application management technology. The union pairs ActiveState’s cutting-edge Stackato® private-Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solution with Appsecute’s collaborative application management and open Connector API technology.

"We’re excited to join the ActiveState family,” says Appsecute CEO Mark Cox. “We founded Appsecute to create the next generation of social application management tools for DevOps. ActiveState shares our commitment to innovation, and joining this great team opens up tremendous possibilities for the future."

“Appsecute pioneered the concept of ‘Social DevOps’ engineering with its Connector APIs and cloud application management technology,” notes ActiveState CEO Bart Copeland. “ActiveState’s Stackato—now at v2.10—has been a PaaS market leader since its launch a year and a half ago. While competing PaaS providers strive to deliver v1.0 technology, we continue to innovate. Adding the Appsecute feature set to Stackato raises the bar for enterprise PaaS, producing an integrated social DevOps solution to accelerate the fast flow of work through the agile enterprise.”

Appsecute provides a real-time, “single-pane-of-glass” view for enterprise cloud management. Its namesake technology serves an activity stream-style service for DevOps leaders to see across multiple application management services. The Appsecute social stream displays events from services like GitHub, Zendesk, or PagerDuty and enables IT stakeholders to comment and coordinate work directly on the stream itself, much like with a Facebook-style timeline. In addition, Appsecute enables enterprise customers to build upon open API connectors. Appsecute tools let those customers integrate solutions easily with disparate enterprise systems.

"As the first investor in Appsecute, I'm excited by the founders' vision for a collaborative social timeline for developers," says industry analyst and Diversity Limited Principal Ben Kepes. "Put that together with ActiveState's pedigree with developer tools and the Stackato PaaS and you have a very compelling proposition."

Appsecute’s technology will complement Stackato features, observes ActiveState director of product management Brent Smithurst: “Stackato lets IT provide a powerful self-service platform to development teams. Appsecute’s toolset simplifies and provides transparency into pre-deployment processes, then offers best-in-class post-deployment analysis and tracking. We are incorporating Appsecute features into Stackato—These two technologies are a perfect fit.”

“This is an important step for both our organizations,” concludes ActiveState’s Copeland. “We not only get great technology, we get great people. The Appsecute team brings with it years of DevOps leadership, creativity, and technical skills—particularly .NET and Java expertise—that will make our combined company not just bigger, but better.”

This acquisition extends the Canadian corporate parent’s global reach: Appsecute’s Christchurch-based headquarters will now become the ActiveState New Zealand office, adding to ActiveState headquarters in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and field offices in Silicon Valley, Seattle, and Europe.

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ActiveState empowers innovation from code to cloud smarter, safer, and faster. ActiveState’s cutting-edge solutions give developers and enterprises the power and flexibility to develop in Java, Ruby, Python, Perl, Node.js, PHP, Tcl, and more. Stackato is ActiveState’s groundbreaking enterprise private Platform as a Service (PaaS), and is the cost-effective, secure, and portable way to develop and deploy apps to the cloud. ActiveState is proven for the enterprise: More than two million developers and 97% of Fortune-1000 companies use ActiveState’s end-to-end solutions to develop, distribute, and manage their software applications. Global customers like Cisco, CA, HP, Bank of America, Siemens, and Lockheed Martin look to ActiveState to save time, save money, minimize risk, ensure compliance, and reduce time to market.

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