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August 05, 2014

ActiveState Releases Stackato Version 3.4

ActiveState has announced version 3.4 of its Stackato cloud development platform.

The Cloud Foundry-based Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) gives users a cluster with 20 gigabytes of RAM (News - Alert) for free. The cluster runs either on-premises or in a public cloud. It can be used either in production or for testing.

“Stackato harnesses proven open source components from Cloud Foundry, Docker, and others. Our team gains insights on how to further enhance Stackato through conversations with IT operations and development communities, along with our global enterprise clients,” ActiveState president and CEO, Bart Copeland, said.

Using Stackato, a developer can simply push code to the cluster and take advantage of the stability, high availability and load balancing that ActiveState offers. ActiveState monitors and patches the platform, so that IT managers and developers can concentrate on deploying their apps rather than having to keep up with security updates and other patches. The cluster is managed through a Web-based management console.

Other new features include the ability to roll back applications to prior versions, more quota usage dashboards, easier administration and improved logging.

Developers can create their applications in any language with all of the language runtimes automatically configured. The new version also takes advantage of a new program called Docker, which allows developers to package applications that can be moved between computers easily, much as shipping containers can be moved from large ships to trucks to railroad cars.

The Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada-based company has made a name for itself by embracing open source technology, first with Perl and then recently with cloud computing services.

While cloud computing might be centralized itself, it’s made wide use of open source technology. The Linux/Apache/MySQL/PHP stack is the go-to solution for Web-based applications.

The open source nature and the generous free computing platform can encourage more people to deploy cloud applications.

“The possibilities and opportunities with applications running on Stackato are as varied as our clients' focus areas. But, when getting started to build apps, not everyone has access to starting capital and IT automation with an application platform. Ideas become identified as commercially viable through assessment and testing,” ActiveState CTO and VP of engineering, Jeff Hobbs, said.

Edited by Adam Brandt

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