Canadian dynamic language company ActiveState has said that that after its beta stage is completed, its Stackato Micro Cloud will continue to be free of charge for developers to use as their own private Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solution on a single node. ActiveState's products all leverage community-driven open source projects, so with Stackato access assured, developers can build, test, and deploy applications on a micro cloud for free.
Stackato is built on the Cloud Foundry open source project and is a private PaaS designed to give cloud options deployment for Java, Python, Ruby, PHP, Perl, Node.js, Scala, and Clojure applications that can be deployed within the enterprise. Essentially, Stackato exists to give developers the chance to deploy an application to either a private internal cloud (like one powered by vSphere or other hypervisor) or one hosted with a third-party IaaS provider such as Amazon EC2.
"The interest from large enterprises and from developers around ActiveState Stackato has been astounding," said Bart Copeland, president and CEO of ActiveState. "In the spirit of supporting developer communities, ActiveState has determined that Stackato Micro Cloud will always be freely available to download, install, and use for your development projects and internal deployments."
With ActiveState Stackato Micro Clouds, application developers in large enterprises can research, design, and develop new applications and reengineer and test existing enterprise applications as a private cloud. In addition, application developers can work in the cloud on personal, internal, or open source projects.
The free Stackato Micro Cloud can be used as a single node for non-commercial use or internal commercial use. Technical support will not be included; however, developers can still participate in ActiveState's community forums, mailing lists, and leverage ActiveState's full technical documentation.