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June 26, 2013

ActiveState's Platform-as-a-Service Can Ease Your Transition to the Cloud

It seems that every company nowadays is racing to move their business operations to the cloud, and rightly so. The increased levels of flexibility, security, and cost savings make the transition a no-brainer. However, many companies are finding that moving mission critical applications and software to the cloud can actually take more than a few bright minds.

When it finally comes time to make the shift, businesses are discovering that their once fully functional applications are incompatible with their destined cloud platform. Whether it’s written in the wrong language, built on the wrong framework, or utilizes the wrong database, developers are being forced to recreate complete infrastructures to effectively make the transition. This process can take weeks upon weeks, as developers retrain in the correct language, perform multiple rounds of testing, ensure interoperability with cloud modules and databases, and implement cloud specific customizations.

Fortunately, Stackato from ActiveState offers a way to reclaim that lost time and money by providing a private Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solution that enables easy deployment and management of applications that are developed in any language, deployed to any cloud, on any Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS).

Developers can work in any language in a private, simulated production environment, which can then be pushed to any cloud from their desktops. Stackato recognizes an application's middleware dependencies and automatically installs and configures all required software with no human intervention. Basically, all systems can run on a Stackato PaaS server, meaning flexible app development in any language, capable of being run on any cloud. 

Showcasing Stackato at Cloud Expo in New York, ActiveState CTO Jeff Hobbs told TMCnet that its PaaS bridges the gap between operations and development, giving companies that much needed developer agility.

“Developer agility leads to company agility, which means faster prototypes and faster time to market,” he said. “Developers can deploy, migrate, scale, monitor, and manage all applications from anywhere on any cloud with Stackato.”

With a private PaaS you can manage all virtual modules via one, flexible, interface. Offering cross-interoperability in a single platform, the opportunity for experimentation and innovation with Stackato is high. 

Hobbs stressed that because the PaaS is private, it is both secure and efficient.  Since the platform can be hosted behind a company’s firewall, IT can maintain strict levels of control and visibility over network resources and infrastructure.

The newest version of Stackato, boasts an improved release management tool, Google (News - Alert) domain capabilities, cluster authentication, improved scalability and an enhanced dashboard.

Recently the company acquired Appsecute, a provider of social DevOps application management technology.

“Appsecute pioneered the concept of ‘Social DevOps’ engineering with its Connector APIs and cloud application management technology,” said ActiveState CEO Bart Copeland, in a statement. “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.”

Edited by Ashley Caputo

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