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  1. 1. Private PaaS for the Agile EnterpriseEmpower your Cloud with Private Platform-as-a-Service Technology from ActiveState®
  2. 2. www.activestate.comStackato®: Private PaaS for the Agile EnterpriseEmpower your Cloud with Private Platform-as-a-Service Technology from ActiveState®© ActiveState Software Inc. Published in 2013. Originally published in 20132Stackato®: Private PaaS for the Agile EnterpriseEmpower your Cloud with Private Platform-as-a-ServiceTechnology from ActiveState®If you already use virtualized infrastructure, you are well on your way to leveraging the powerof the cloud. Virtualization offers the promise of limitless resources, but how do you managethat scalability when your DevOps team doesn’t scale? In today’s hypercompetitive markets,fast results can make a difference between leading the pack vs. obsolescence. Organizationsneed more benefits from cloud computing than just raw resources. They need agility, flexibility,convenience, ROI, and control.Stackato private Platform-as-a-Service technology from ActiveState extends your private cloudinfrastructure by creating a private PaaS to provide on-demand availability, flexibility, control,and ultimately, faster time-to-market for your enterprise.The Challenge: Deliver on the Promise of the CloudYou’ve virtualized. That’s great! But where are the flexibility, agility, control, and ROI that youneed? Why hasn’t the cloud delivered on its promise of a new world order? The problem is one ofexcess. You have 10,000 new VMs and all this fantastic/cheap computing power, but who’s going tomanage it all? Your cloud has only partially delivered on its promise with many in the organizationstill looking for answers:IT teams need control and scalability. You serve the needs of various internal and externalcustomers, and your time is valuable. You now also have a lot of new computing resources tomanage, but you don’t scale like cloud infrastructure! Those management requests are only goingto grow in volume and complexity. You need an efficient way to manage your systems withoutsacrificing control and oversight.Developers need flexibility. You create products. You don’t want to be concerned withprovisioning services, deployment processes, or IT systems. You want to code! You want to createproducts and services that just work. No more fiddling with environments, praying stuff works inproduction, and playing tag with IT. You need the flexibility to develop in the language that’s bestsuited to the job, in an environment that fosters innovation and creativity.CIOs need efficiency. You’ve invested in cloud infrastructure and now need to start seeing returns.You not only want productivity gains, efficiency improvements, and ROI, but you also want to seethe impact on your organization’s innovation and creativity. At the end of the day, it’s not about thetools and systems, but what they help facilitate and enable.
  3. 3. www.activestate.comStackato®: Private PaaS for the Agile EnterpriseEmpower your Cloud with Private Platform-as-a-Service Technology from ActiveState®© ActiveState Software Inc. Published in 2013. Originally published in 20133The Solution: Stackato Platform-as-a-Service TechnologyMany organizations lack the IT resources to maintain multiple technology platforms or stacks. Theyusually standardize on a single technology stack such as a Linux distribution, with limited choiceslike Ruby, Java, MySQL, or Apache Tomcat. As a result, developers are forced to design applicationswith these constraints.Stackato private PaaS technology from ActiveState lifts these limitations, allowing developersto choose the best cloud stack for their applications. By auto-configuring and self-provisioningthe services required, Stackato makes it easy for IT to support multiple technology stacks, givingdevelopers the flexibility they need. Organizations can easily develop, test, deploy, host, andmaintain applications without the cost and complexity of purchasing and managing the underlyinghardware and software.Public Versus Private PaaSEnterprises with strict policies or compliance requirements use private clouds to leverage the sameadvantages offered by public clouds while providing additional security, control, and customizationcapabilities. Public-cloud PaaS can serve many enterprise cloud needs, but the public PaaS offeringscarry significant drawbacks:»» Lack of choice: most public PaaS offerings limit use to specific languages, applicationframeworks, and configuration, so enterprise users have to conform to strict, inflexibleguidelines.Does each application require specific scripts and middleware components?»» Forget those legacy apps: public PaaS offerings are typically designed for newapplications and don’t provide the ability to migrate existing application data.»» Not as secure: most public PaaS offerings are secure. But the shared tenancy model is onlyas safe as its tenants’ weakest vulnerability. Also, putting confidential corporate and customerdata on a public cloud leaves it out of your control. This potential vulnerability requires ahigh degree of confidence that public providers can keep data isolated and protected.When it comes to the public cloud, you need to ask several questions:»» Can you verify the security of your application and data?»» Can you modify and scale to suit the growing needs of your development team?»» How is it integrating with internal infrastructure and data?»» Does it comply with regulatory standards for privacy?»» Can you migrate and manage existing web applications?The primary differentiator of a private cloud is that it operates exclusively for a specific organization,managed either by the organization itself or by a third party, and software applications can besecurely deployed behind the corporate firewall. A private cloud gives you full control over yoursystems, customer data, your own data, and your level of security and compliance.
  4. 4. www.activestate.comStackato®: Private PaaS for the Agile EnterpriseEmpower your Cloud with Private Platform-as-a-Service Technology from ActiveState®© ActiveState Software Inc. Published in 2013. Originally published in 20134vSphere, XenServer, and other virtualization platforms allow you to more efficiently use yourserver farms, dramatically lowering IT costs and streamlining system administration. They helpyou provision IT-as-a-Service so you can create self-service on-demand infrastructure to increaseproductivity, improve hardware utilization, and reduce costs. However, your DevOps teams don’tscale and need help managing all of this new, raw virtualized computing power. This is whereStackato shines.Why You Need Stackato Private PaaS TechnologyA private PaaS is an application platform that works on top of your private IaaS or private cloudinfrastructure, exclusively for your enterprise. It enables developers to leverage all the benefits ofa public PaaS (on-demand availability, fast deployment, elasticity) to deploy, manage, and monitorapplications, and also meet the security, privacy, and compliance requirements enterprisesdemand.With a private PaaS, applications share infrastructure resources (instances) with other applications,but each one is isolated via secure multi-tenant containerization so that one doesn’t adversely affectthe system or other applications. Other benefits include:»» Flexibility. Developers can develop in whichever language is best for the task at hand, withoutbeing restricted by IT resources. They can also self-serve and easily deploy applications themselves,eliminating IT bottlenecks. An infrastructure-agnostic PaaS enables organizations to shift theirIT strategy as needed and ensure that their IT infrastructure will be able to support them.»» Security. Breaches of public websites are regularly reported in the media, and whilemost estimates of their costs are anecdotal, the resulting financial damages fororganizations can be extremely serious. A private PaaS is exclusive to your enterpriseand less vulnerable to such attacks. The privacy this offers is critical since sensitiveinformation is securely kept within the confines and control of the company.»» Control. While allowing developers to deploy their own applications to the cloud through apublic PaaS saves IT significant overhead, you also want to ensure that development teamsconform to corporate standards and policies. A private PaaS gives you control over howdevelopers push applications to the cloud. DevOps teams have a simple and straightforwardweb interface that allows them to easily see what is happening on all their systems.
  5. 5. www.activestate.comStackato®: Private PaaS for the Agile EnterpriseEmpower your Cloud with Private Platform-as-a-Service Technology from ActiveState®© ActiveState Software Inc. Published in 2013. Originally published in 20135The Solution: StackatoActiveState Stackato® extends your private cloud infrastructure by creating a private Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) to provide on-demand availability, flexibility, control, and ultimately, faster time-to-market for your enterprise.With Stackato, enterprise IT enjoys rapid application deployment, scalable administration, assuredcompliance, and greater control. Developers can code in the language that’s right for them andseamlessly launch applications to any cloud. For the enterprise, that means faster time to market,better productivity, cost savings, and greater innovation.Stackato: a pre-configured cloud application platform with multiple choices“Stackato has enabled a level of empowerment for our developers that previously was not possible.Instead of quickly developing apps and then running into the brick wall of IT backlogs, developers canliterally run with their apps straight to the cloud. Easily, safely, and quickly.”—Dale McCrory, Principal Product Manager, ExactTarget
  6. 6. www.activestate.comStackato®: Private PaaS for the Agile EnterpriseEmpower your Cloud with Private Platform-as-a-Service Technology from ActiveState®© ActiveState Software Inc. Published in 2013. Originally published in 20136The Stackato ImpactStackato’s impact can be felt beyond IT. The difference it makes to an enterprise’s productivity,efficiency, and ROI can be felt in all parts of the company.AgilityStackato reduces the amount of time spent on IT configuration and helps you get your applicationsto market faster. With Stackato, your developers can easily test in a production environment,self-serve, and get apps to the production cloud in minutes, not weeks. And that saves you time,resources, and money.Freedom of ChoiceStackato provides your enterprise with the freedom of choice and flexibility to choose whicheverdata service, language, or web framework that works best for each of your applications. Deployinstantly to the cloud of your choice (private, public, or hybrid), on any infrastructure stack, and runyour business the way you want.Scalable ManagementStackato’s intuitive web-based management console UI lets you scale your applications to growas usage grows, delivering the performance your end-users demand. Stackato offers centralizedcluster administration, dynamic load balancing, elastic scalability, persistent file-system sharing, andconsolidated logging.Stackato is designed for the mission-critical operations of a large enterprise but can also easily scaleto the needs of individual developers on smaller projects. Start with the Stackato Micro Cloud, andthen cluster to take advantage of the built-in auto-scaling, as your usage increases.Cost-savings/ROIStackato saves you time and money, and allows you to get your application to market faster byenabling an IT-as-a-Service model that features automatic middleware configuration and scalingcapabilities.InnovationStackato automates the configuration, deployment, and management of applications. Your teamno longer needs to worry about infrastructure resources and middleware configuration. Stackatoenables a fast and simple test environment for all your innovative ideas.SecurityStackato delivers secure, compliant control over sensitive data and applications. With the StackatoFence subsystem, application instances are enveloped in their own secure virtual container (LXC).This allows applications to be fully isolated from each other while protecting the host operatingsystem and ensuring that CPU and memory limits are strictly enforced. The Stackato Harbor PortService enables users to deploy network applications using protocols other than HTTP(S), andtake advantage of multiple SSL certificates. And Stackato offers extensible AOK authentication forexternal services like LDAP.
  7. 7. www.activestate.comStackato®: Private PaaS for the Agile EnterpriseEmpower your Cloud with Private Platform-as-a-Service Technology from ActiveState®© ActiveState Software Inc. Published in 2013. Originally published in 20137PortabilityStackato is infrastructure-agnostic, and can easily move applications between public, private, orhybrid cloud environments.How Does it Work?Stackato deploys each application to virtual servers, automatically setting up everything anapplication requires to run—web server, database, language interpreter, web framework,prerequisite modules—virtually eliminating IT configuration time. By providing self-serve choicesalong with data migration tools, developers are able to get applications to market faster withStackato. Here’s a quick look at the Stackato architecture:Message Bus (NATS)DatabasesMessagingServicesFileSystemsServicesDEA(s)(Droplet Execution Agents)Web UsersMonitoring Deploy & UpgradeCloudControllerHealth ManagerControllerStagerHTTP(S) HTTPSTCPRouter> ClientStackato scales your applications to grow as usage grows, delivering the performance your end-users demand. Stackato’s Health Manager keeps a record of what hosts are hosting which DEA (thenode an application resides in), so it can balance the load on all available hosts, without overloadingany single one. If an additional DEA is required, Stackato can automatically add more in vSphere,EC2, or OpenStack environments.Stackato also allows additional Cloud Controllers, Routers, and Stagers to be added and usedas high availability failover safety nets or as load balancers to remove potential bottlenecks andimprove performance and reliability. (For a more detailed explanation of the architecture andapplication deployment process, please refer to ActiveState’s “Stackato Architecture” whitepaper.)
  8. 8. www.activestate.comStackato®: Private PaaS for the Agile EnterpriseEmpower your Cloud with Private Platform-as-a-Service Technology from ActiveState®© ActiveState Software Inc. Published in 2013. Originally published in 20138A Diverse, Multi-Choice Cloud Application PlatformIt is noweasy to provision and manage diverse technology ecosystems on your virtualizedinfrastructure rather than conforming to rigid, standardized stacks. With Stackato, developmentteams can deploy new applications, or migrate existing applications to the cloud, and automaticallyprovision an application environment with your choice of languages and frameworks, includingmodule/package dependencies. Each developer also has the freedom to choose the database thatis best for each application.Developers can mix and match frameworks and databases to fit the needs of the application,rather than trying to make the application work with the pre-ordained stack because it is so costlyto support a diversity of technology ecosystems. They can develop applications for various uses onmany platform stacks. Whether they need Python or Java, MySQL, or MongoDB, they are free to pickthe best tools for the job.Stackato automatically configures application environments, virtually eliminating the time ITand DevOps spend on configuration and dependency management when preparing for clouddeployment. Stackato installs and sets up everything an application requires to run—web server,database, language interpreter, web framework, and prerequisite modules—then deploys theapplication to as many server instances as required. Now that’s freedom for IT and developmentteams.An End-to-End Development PlatformCode, debug, test, and deploy directly from the desktop to the cloud using ActiveState’s KomodoIDE®. The Stackato client offers all the functionality of CloudFoundry’s vmc client, with additionalfunctionality for running server-side commands and accessing databases services in the Stackatocloud. If you choose to use Komodo IDE, you can test and debug applications in the environmentthat they will be deployed.Identical test (micro cloud) and production environments eliminate the constant back and forth withIT. Developers can easily move applications from desktop to production, and be sure that what theydevelop and test will work. No more wasted productivity and no more development backlogs.Simplified Application Lifecycle and Data Migration ManagementStackato includes enterprise-ready staging and updating processes to ensure your productionapplication updates and migrations have minimal downtime. With Stackato, you can easily seedyour application’s databases, and extract and back-up from databases.You can migrate and deploy applications in a few simple steps. Administrators can easily replicateconfigurations of existing application environments, and then use the Stackato application updateand data migration functionality to move new, existing, legacy or third-party applications to thecloud with minimal re-engineering.
  9. 9. www.activestate.comStackato®: Private PaaS for the Agile EnterpriseEmpower your Cloud with Private Platform-as-a-Service Technology from ActiveState®© ActiveState Software Inc. Published in 2013. Originally published in 20139The Stackato client offers all the functionality expected of a vmc clone, with additional commandsto migrate existing applications and data, and for executing server-side commands necessary fordeploying certain applicationssuch as Django and other web frameworks.From mission-critical behemoths to throwaway scripts, Stackato simplifies application lifecyclemanagement with tools and processes designed for portability.Dynamic Load Balancing and Elastic ScalabilityOnce your application is pushed to the cloud, Stackato scales the application as necessary toautomatically grow as usage grows.The application can be distributed across multiple instances (even in different data centers) forload balancing, redundancy, and to ensure up-time and availability. Every component in your stackis protected by health checks and automated fail-over.You can also modify memory and instanceallocation for all your applications using the Stackato client.Stackato’s elastic scalability delivers the performance your end-users demand.An Application Platform for Your Hypervisor of ChoiceStackato is a hardened, enterprise-ready version of Cloud Foundry, so you don’t need to workthrough various minor but time-consuming details that make the difference between open sourceand commercial-grade software.Installation is easy. The server-side Stackato components are packaged as a virtual machine thatcan be run as a stand-alone micro cloud instance, or cloned across a cluster as special-purposenodes (controller, router, data services, and execution agents).Enterprise-ready means Stackato works seamlessly with the world’s leading cloud infrastructure,to ensure your application automatically and elastically scales to meet the demands of your mostpopular applications. Run Stackato on your hypervisor of choice, then manage and monitor usingthat system’s tools for centralized control and visibility at every level of virtual infrastructure.Stackato also works with cloud application monitoring services such as New Relic (included withStackato) to ensure your applications are meeting your service and performance standards. As areal-time application performance dashboard, New Relic provides immediate insight from the end-user’s behavior down to the line of code.“Stackato [has] a deployment and operations layer that offers the flexibility we need to rapidlyupdate our web software. Stackato’s clustering model has enabled us to deliver a stable and scalableconfiguration...Into this environment, we’ve deployed our blog site’s Content Management System(CMS), which is built on Drupal.”—Matt Butcher, HPCS
  10. 10. About ActiveStateActiveState empowers innovation from code to cloud smarter, safer, and faster. ActiveState’s cutting-edge solutions give developers and enterprises the power and flexibility todevelop in Java, Ruby, Python, Perl, Node.js, PHP, Tcl, and more. Stackato is ActiveState’s groundbreaking cloud platform for creating a private platform as a service (PaaS), and is thecost-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-1000companies use ActiveStateís end-to-end solutions to develop, distribute, and manage their software applications. Global customers like Cisco, CA, HP, Bank of America, Siemens, andLockheed Martin look to ActiveState to save time, save money, minimize risk, ensure compliance, and reduce time to market.© 2013 ActiveState Software Inc. All rights reserved. ActiveState®, Komodo®,, ActivePerl®, ActivePython®and Stackato®are trademarks or registered trademarks of ActiveState. All other marks are property of their respective owners.ActiveState Software Inc.1700-409 Granville StreetVancouver, BC V6C 1T2stackato-sales@activestate.comPhone: +1.778.786.1100Fax: +1.778.786.1133Toll-free in North America:1.866.631.4581Don’t Get Left BehindEnterprises around the world are realizing the benefits of adopting Stackato’s private-PaaStechnology. The impacts are not minimal:Efficiency: be the enterprise of tomorrow and free yourself from the shackles of yourinfrastructure. Your systems should not hinder or constrain your business, but help yourorganization grow. Cut your application deployment times from weeks to minutes; see what trueproductivity can do for your enterprise.Agility: the businesses that survive are the ones that are flexible and nimble in responding tochanging market and customer needs. If you need to move to a hybrid cloud, Stackato can easilysupport that the shift with its portability and infrastructure-agnostic capabilities. If you need tocode in Ruby in addition to Java, Stackato has that capability built-in. An agile enterprise is one thatsidesteps roadblocks and moves towards the future.Innovation: efficiency and agility lead to innovation. Once teams are freed from the daily burdensof administration and configuration, they can actually focus on moving your business forward.They are able to easily prototype, test, and launch multiple new advancements, without sacrificingcontrol or oversight. Lowered cost of mistakes and increased experimentation is the lastinghallmark of private PaaS.Enterprise clouds that employ Stackato private PaaS technology offer the efficiency, flexibility, andconvenience of a public cloud combined with the security, control, and compliance of a privatecloud. This allows for more freedom and flexibility, while saving time and money in developmentcosts, which in turn increases team productivity and fosters greater innovation. From the desktopto the datacenter, Stackato makes it easy to develop, deploy, migrate, scale, manage, and monitorapplications on any cloud.