ActiveState Stackato and CumuLogic are private PaaS.  Over the last few weeks Stackato has moved to a 2.0 version and CumuLogic has moved out of Beta to a 1.0 release.  CumuLogic 1.0 is a Java-only PaaS with support for Amazon, HP Cloud Services, and private clouds including Citrix CloudStack, Eucalyptus, OpenStack and VMware vSphere.   Stackato has a similar range of public and privae IaaS on which it operates (vSphere, KVM, XenServer, OpenStack, EC2 AMI, HP CS) but it has a much  broader set of language compatibilities  including .NET.ther new features in Version 2.0 are a centralized web-based management console and some support for charge-back (i.e. billing) through API.  Performace management is through integration with New Relic. There is  additional security support in multi-tenancy by using Linux Containers (LXC).

CumuLogic 1.0 focuses on three key functional areas:

Application Development

ActiveState refers to its  “market leadership in PaaS polyglot compatibility”  by which it means the broad range of languages – There are the obvious suspects – Java, Python, Perl, PHP, Ruby, Node.js, plus Clojure, Scala, Erlang and various Heroku variations.  In addition, a major new feature in Vesion 2.0 is support for .NET applications through the integration of Iron Foundry.  The server side components of  which run on the Windows 2008 Server Core.  This allows you to deploy and manage Windows applications within the same PaaS as Java Applications, although you do need Windows Servers as part of the mix.  In some ways you can see it as a competitor to Azure, which of course now has IaaS-level linux support to add to it’s .NET PaaS. Alternatively Stackato will provide you with a Mono runtime which might run .NET on a Linux server – although this isn’t part of the standard download.

Developers can create a new cloud-based application using their preferred IDE – no proprietary SDK required insuring portability, and deploy their application with a single-click deployment in any cloud.

Application Migration
Existing Java applications can be migrated from physical or virtual environments with minimal-to-zero code re-write to leverage the elasticity and economics of the cloud.

Application Management
The application management function includes all the enterprise-ready features out-of-the-box, including high availability and self-healing, monitoring and real-time application-level usage metering.

Neither company is doing a public PaaS, although both offer sandbox installations for you to play with and CumuLogic has a deal with Contegix to offer a hosted version.  The main business model is sales of the private PaaS itself. In developing their platforms the two companies have taken very different approaches. CumuLogic has built its own technology which is closed source and focussed on the mainstream Java marketplace, and this platform is subject to a commercial licence. ActiveState have taken a “packaging” model, collecting together various bits from the open source community and providing what is essentially a value-added distribution of CloudFoundry, and this plaform is subject to an open source licence with payment for support.

Both products are still fairly early in the marketplace, and will of course, compete with Red Hat OpenShift, other versions of CloudFoundry (including VMware), a number of other PaaS solutions,  and hand-built solutions on IaaS. CumuLogic is in charge of its own destiny and can add features to its product as it sees market demand emerging. In contrast Stackato is clearly becoming very feature-rich very quickly by integrating third party open source technology, but at the expense of some control. It is worth noting before adopting Stackato for .NET that Iron Foundry is a fork of Cloud Foundry that isn’t yet “blessed” by VMware, who ultimately retain control of CloudFoundry. So the key issue here is what VMware is going to do with it’s Cloud business – which Bernd recently discussed. Once that is resolved, something else may emerge as the preferred CloudFoundry/.NET integration.

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Dr Mike Norman, is the Analyst at The Virtualization Practice for Open Source Cloud Computing. He covers PaaS, IaaS and associated services such as Database as a Service from an open source development and DevOps perspective. He has hands-on experience in many open source cloud technologies, and an extensive background in application lifecycle tooling; automated testing - functional, non-functional and security; digital business and latterly DevOps.

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3 comments for “Private PaaS Update – Stackato 2.0 and Cumulogic 1.0

  1. July 25, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Mike, you raise a good point, and since we built upon CF, we could theoretically be vulnerable to strategic shifts by VMware/EMC.

    We’ve addressed that risk in this way by forking the CF code base a long time ago. While we continue to maintain 100% API compatiablity with CF, we control our own destiny & continue to extend our platform with a stronger security architecture, more languages, more supported clouds, more granular control of applications & data services and an enterprise PaaS managment & monitoring console that enables IT to manage the entire PaaS from a single pane of glass.

    ActiveState completely controls the direction of Stackato, in fact the bundling of IronFoundry support in Stackato V2.0 is a good example of how little difference it makes what direction the now EMC-controlled CloudFoundry team takes – the OpenPaaS ship has already left the dock with the Open Source winds in it’s sails.

  2. Mike
    July 26, 2012 at 7:48 AM

    Diane,

    I never like forks – think LibreOffice vs. OpenOffice. Going back in time, the Unix wars around System V and BSD – with the benefit of hindsight that was clearly madness. However I now see an unstoppable momentum around open source PaaS for all platforms, and this .NET suppport will get sorted out one way or the other – I suspect MSFT will actually decide, and likely very soon, and the landscape will change very fast thereafter.

    Anyway, in the meanwhile keep up the good work and let’s keep in touch.

    Mike

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