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ActiveState Launches PaaS Test Service

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September 27, 2011

ActiveState Launches PaaS Test Service

By Rahul Arora, TMCnet Contributor

ActiveState, the dynamic language experts offering solutions for Perl, Python, Tcl and other web languages, recently released a hosted and managed private PaaS test service to easily test deployment, hosting, security, and scaling of applications in the cloud with Stackato, ActiveState's new cloud platform for creating a private platform-as-a-service.

With the Stackato Sandbox service, the beta testers of Stackato can test Stackato in a hosted, secure, private PaaS for up to three months at no charge. This test environment showcases running a Private PaaS on Amazon EC2. Stackato, based on VMware's Cloud Foundry open source project, is available as a micro cloud for desktop use in three VM formats: vSphere (OVF), Fusion (VMDK) and VirtualBox.

"IT organizations need to be more nimble to the growing needs of application developers. Building on Cloud Foundry and hardening it for the enterprise, Stackato enables organizations to get greater utilization out of their private cloud infrastructure," said Bart Copeland, President & CEO at ActiveState, in a statement. "To make it even easier to bridge the gap to a private cloud and meet the demands of the market, we built Stackato Sandbox as an easy, alternative way to try Stackato and experience its speed, automation power, scaling and security."

"We have been testing Stackato with the micro cloud, and have been impressed with its ability to bundle and deploy everything seamlessly, taking out all the complications around network security and dependency management. With a lot of our business in the healthcare industry, we have to be HIPAA compliant around data security and privacy. So now, we are keen to test application migration on a private Amazon EC2 instance with Stackato Sandbox," said Hannington Musinguzi, Managing Partner, W&K Systems.

Recently, ActiveState was selected by VMware as its Cloud Foundry Community Lead Partner for Python and announced a range of enterprise-grade enhancements for the Stackato cloud platform.

Rahul Arora is a TMCnet contributor. He has worked as an editor and freelance writer for several reputed organizations in India. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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