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June 25, 2014

ActiveState Takes Open Source Development to the Next Level

Cloud computing continues to gain momentum in the global market as companies and individuals alike set aside their once-held fears of security breaches and lack of control to enjoy the lower cost and streamlined efficiencies. To demonstrate the value extended in these situations, the Cloud Expo brings together vendors and experts throughout the cloud space to put their wares on display and introduce new innovations.

TMC’s (News - Alert) Erik Linask recently sat down with Bernard Golden with ActiveState at the Cloud Expo for a video interview. This long-time company in the open source space, a key focus has been on developing things faster in order to keep up with market demand. ActiveState is the largest independent distributor of the Cloud Foundry.

The need for rapid development in the IT space creates opportunity for ActiveState and the company is readily stepping up to the plate with its approach to the market. With Stackato, the company enables users to write in any language and create what they need. In other words, the user writes the code, presses a button and deploys into an execution environment. This ensures the application is up and running within a minute or two.

This approach eliminates the problems associated with needing the right code, packing the application, uploading it to a server and then configuring it. ActiveState ultimately reduces the time the developer spends getting the code done and deploying it in a production environment. This is a significant boost for developers to be able to speed their time to market and meet the growing demand for the latest and greatest, whether the app is for business or personal use.

In the enterprise space, there is still always the concern around security. Developers and users alike want to know that they aren’t putting users or the network in jeopardy. With Stackato, ActiveState approaches security in three different ways.

First, they track all vulnerabilities within the code and respond to them very quickly, rolling out patches where necessary. Second, application security is applied to ensure the right people gain access to what they need, when they need it. This requires integration with corporate identity management. Finally, they also ensure that the right users are the only ones with access when the application is in operation.

For those who want access to open source development with the right securities in place for enterprise use, Stackato may be the ideal solution. To learn more, however, check out this video in full.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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