ActiveState Upgrades Stackato Private Cloud PaaS
ActiveState has released a major upgrade for Stackato, its private cloud platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering currently in beta, aiming to add better management and monitoring. Oh, and since this is a PaaS announcement made in the third quarter of 2011, ActiveState has also announced that Stackato has gotten better Java support.
As with competitors like AppFog, ActiveState is positioning Stackato’s multilingual tendencies (Stackato supports applications built on Python, Java, Ruby, PHP, Perl, and Node.js) and infrastructure agnosticism (ActiveState is a member of both the Open Virtualization Alliance and the OpenStack community). Basically, Stackato is squarely focused on meeting what it sees as rising private cloud demand with a PaaS that’s as open as possible.
For this new release, Stackato gets a new administration dashboard, which gives developers and administrators insight into key statistics like memory usage, instances deployed, languages used, and the developer who deployed an application, according to the press release.
It also integrates New Relic Standard Edition free of charge for application monitoring and bottleneck diagnosis. Finally, it adds better Spring Tool Suite (STS) and Eclipse support, to enable Java developers to deploy applications directly from desktop to cloud in the same environment.
Previously, Stackato was a closed beta, but with this announcement, it’s officially free to try for any cloud service provider or ISV who wants to give it a spin. And if you do, make sure to let us know what you think.