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ActiveState Redefines PaaS for the Enterprise: Stackato 2.0 Enables Innovation With Greater Agility, Better Security, Faster Performance, Support for .NET

Canadian Cloud Software Firm Announces Enterprise Customer Aeroflex

VANCOUVER, BC -- (Marketwire) -- 07/10/12 -- ActiveState, whose software enables developers and enterprises to innovate from code to cloud, today announced the general availability of Stackato 2.0, the application platform for creating a private Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). The industry-leading private PaaS solution now supports .NET applications, offers web-based visual cluster management and delivers performance improvements that foster enterprise development agility. In conjunction with the release, ActiveState today also announced a Stackato enterprise customer relationship with Aeroflex.

"Today's enterprise must be more agile, better engineered to innovate and able to govern its cloud without impeding progress," said Bart Copeland, CEO at ActiveState. "Stackato 2.0 redefines private PaaS for the enterprise, enabling more agile development, greater DevOps transparency, more efficient cloud management and faster time to market."

The Stackato 2.0 release extends Stackato's market leadership in PaaS polyglot compatibility. Enterprises can now deploy .NET applications to Stackato via technology integration with the Iron Foundry platform: Stackato's automatic configuration tool links with Iron Foundry to support .NET apps in a Stackato PaaS cloud. In addition to .NET, Stackato supports applications coded in enterprise development languages like Java, Ruby, Python, Perl, PHP, Node.JS, Clojure, Scala, Erlang and more.

"It is exciting to see the .NET community continue to grow via Iron Foundry's .NET support and tools," said Jared Wray, founder of the Iron Foundry project. "Stackato now works seamlessly with Iron Foundry's Windows Virtual Machines to provide runtime support for .NET applications."

"As PaaS platforms have become less constrained, offering more choice in the underlying technologies, interest in them has begun to accelerate," said Stephen O'Grady, principal analyst at RedMonk. "Enterprises, accordingly, are increasingly looking to incorporate PaaS into their long term strategies to reduce their operational overhead and time to market."

In addition to support for .NET applications and numerous under-the-hood performance improvements (like a faster app store and improved Heroku buildpack support), Stackato 2.0 introduces new product enhancements targeted specifically at the real-world enterprise:

  • Advanced containerization technology secures cloud apps, but also conserves scale and capacity, meaning the apps run better in less virtual real estate (with multiple containers per VM).
  • The enhanced Web Management Console now offers visual cluster administration: DevOps gain greater visibility into cloud applications deployment management with less administrative impact, meaning their developers can spend time coding instead of writing reports.

Corporate Stackato adopters are leading the way to the cloud for their enterprises. Test and measurement company Aeroflex will use Stackato to automate its cloud application stack configuration, saving time and money.

"As private PaaS goes, nothing comes close to Stackato's enterprise development feature set," said Jeff Hobbs, CTO and VP of engineering at ActiveState. "Stackato 2.0 delivers the broadest language support, the most flexible deployment models and unparalleled production environment simulation. For enterprise developers using Stackato, it's not a question of if you can be agile. It's how agile you want to be."

"Cloud solutions must do more than just scale with infrastructure requirements," Copeland said. "They must also be able to grow with business needs. With its customizable app-store framework, secure LXC containers, and .NET support, Stackato 2.0 is a PaaS game-changer. It can provide the scalability and flexibility that enterprises want with the security and control that they need, now and in the future."

Stackato 2.0 is available in Enterprise and Micro Cloud editions. In addition, Stackato 2.0 is available on Amazon EC2 and will soon be made available on HP Cloud Services. Learn more at http://www.activestate.com/stackato.

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About ActiveState (http://www.activestate.com)
ActiveState empowers innovation from code to cloud smarter, safer, and faster. ActiveState's cutting-edge solutions give developers and enterprises the power and flexibility to develop in Java, Ruby, Python, Perl, Node.js, PHP, Tcl, and more. Stackato is ActiveState's groundbreaking application platform for creating a private platform as a service (PaaS), and is the cost-effective, secure, and portable way to develop and deploy apps to the cloud. ActiveState is proven for the enterprise: More than two million developers and 97% of Fortune-1000 companies use ActiveState's end-to-end solutions to develop, distribute, and manage their software applications. Global customers like Cisco, CA, HP, Bank of America, Siemens, and Lockheed Martin look to ActiveState to save time, save money, minimize risk, ensure compliance, and reduce time to market.

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