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New Cloud Platform For Dynamic Languages


Dynamic language company ActiveState has launched what is being lauded as the first enterprise cloud platform for dynamic languages applications. Initially compliant with only Python and Perl, Stackato is based on the Cloud Foundry open Platform-as-a-Service project initiated by VMware.

Stackato's technology proposition to developers is to enable the deployment, management, and scaling of Python and Perl applications in the private or public cloud. ActiveState says it is now accepting signups for invitations to the early Developer Preview.

"Cloud deployment and management for dynamic language applications is the next natural step for ActiveState, as we've been successfully helping developers and IT professionals for years with their traditional dynamic language applications. With Stackato, we are excited to be developing a product based on customer demand for migrating existing applications to the cloud as well as hosting new applications on the cloud," said Bart Copeland, president and CEO of ActiveState.

ActiveState is hoping that developers will see its new product as a route to scaling cloud services in a private cloud such as VMware vSphere, or a public cloud such as Amazon or Rackspace, to provide the scalability benefits of a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) for their Python and Perl applications.

"Stackato will enable enterprise IT and development teams to spend more time on value-add development and less on configuration, while providing the platform for applications to grow, move, and share computing resources efficiently," said Copeland.

Stackato features include the opportunity to port between a virtual machine, on a VMware vSphere cluster in a private cloud, or with a public Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) hosting provider. There is also the option to provide secure multi-tenancy and configure auto-scaling so applications can use more resources when they're needed, and give them up when they're not.

Developers and sys admins can also use this tool to:

  • Automatically provision application environments with languages, frameworks (such as Django, Pylons, Mojolicious, and Catalyst), and module/package dependencies.
  • Choose the database engine (such as MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB) and web server (such as Apache/mod_wsgi, Gunicorn, Nginx) for the application.
  • Deploy applications from the desktop to the cloud through the command line or Komodo IDE, ActiveState's award-winning IDE.


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