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New Project Extends Cloud Foundry to Python/Perl

2891286541 f5408a1b8c mActiveState, a programming tool development company, recently released a developer preview of a new product called Stackato that lets you create web applications in Perl and Python. What's particularly interesting is that this project is open source and based on the recently released Cloud Foundry tool.
But unlike Cloud Foundry, which supports Ruby, Stackato builds on the platform to support Python and Perl, two very popular development environments.
Not long ago we wrote about Cloud Foundry, a new Platform as a Service offering from VMware that provides a place for Ruby developers to develop software either in the cloud or on-premises.
It's important to note that Stackato is not being offered as a web service like Instead, it is a set of open source tools, developers can download and use to create web applications in in-house virtual development environments.
Diane Mueller, who is Director, Enterprise Product Management at ActiveState says it provides all the power of virtual machine development in a package that has been designed for developers using the LAMP stack to rapidly deploy web applications.
Instead of dedicating a server to a project, which requires going to IT and requesting the physical machine, developers can create the project on a virtual machine, which also provides the advantage of being more secure. And if it turns out the project is a dead end, it's as easy to get rid of as blowing away the VM.
While Platform as a Service is traditionally thought of in a hosted environment, there is no reason that companies can't use this same approach in a private cloud to give their in-house development team all of the tools they need to create applications with all the advantages of PaaS, but inside the company firewall.
In a statement, ActiveState CEO  Bart Copeland said this type of tool is a logical step for cloud developers. “Stackato enables 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,” he said.  
In addition, because it's based on Cloud Foundry, which is run by VMware, it has the power of that company and all that entails. What's more as an open source tool, companies can adapt it even further to meet the needs of their organization.
It appears to be a great approach with lots of upside. For now, Stackato is only available in developer preview, but if your company is looking for a way to create a virtual development environment from a proven company, using Python and Perl, in an open source package, this could be for you.

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