ActiveState Premieres Animated Short Film “Stackato: Moving to the Cloud Is Fast, Easy and Awesome”

Cloud Software Leader Introduces Video at This Week’s Cloud Fair 2012 Event in Seattle

VANCOUVER, BC – April 17, 2012ActiveState, whose software enables developers and enterprises to innovate from code to cloud, today premiered its first animated short film. The video showcases Stackato, the application platform for creating a private PaaS using any language, on any stack and on any cloud.

“This is a fun way to introduce Stackato to developers and enterprises,” says Toph Whitmore, Vice President of Marketing at ActiveState. “Viewers will smile and I hope laugh! But more importantly, they will ‘get’ private PaaS and they will get how Stackato makes moving to the cloud fast, easy and awesome.”

Using wry humor, witty tone and playful animation, the two-and-a-half-minute short chronicles the adventures (and misadventures) of Carl, Ned and Cynthia — a developer, DevOps lead and CIO, respectively — as they confront the hard realities of implementing cloud computing in the enterprise. Carl codes, then recodes, and then recodes again, all in a futile effort to get his mission-critical apps to work in the cloud. Ned struggles mightily to maintain uptime while frantically provisioning new cloud infrastructure. Cynthia watches her costs climb as her team works twice as hard to achieve pre-cloud productivity levels.

But then the trio discovers Stackato, the private-PaaS solution from ActiveState that makes moving to the cloud fast, easy and awesome. With Stackato, Carl develops his cloud apps in the language that’s right for him. Ned now deploys apps in minutes, not weeks. And Cynthia finally sees ROI…and ultimately, the promise of the cloud delivered.

“Organizations moving to the cloud face daunting development, operational and management challenges,” notes ActiveState’s Whitmore. “Carl, Ned and Cynthia each put a human face to those challenges, and it is great to see them succeed with Stackato.”

ActiveState will show the video at this week’s Cloud Fair Conference in Seattle ( The conference also features ActiveState cloud evangelist Diane Mueller, who will speak on Thursday, April 19th about how enterprises can achieve application portability in the cloud.

About Stackato
Stackato is the application platform for creating a private PaaS using any language on any stack on any cloud. From the desktop to the datacenter, Stackato makes it easy to develop, deploy, migrate, scale, manage, and monitor applications on any cloud. With Stackato, developers can simulate a production environment on a local machine, code, test, and then launch an application to any cloud. And Enterprise IT can achieve new levels of data security, reduce time to market, save money, ensure compliance, and gain greater control over the cloud.

About ActiveState
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 application platform for creating a 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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