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HP Discover: Stackato based private PaaS extends HPs cloud portfolio

During the HP Discover there was not much coverage about it, but as Ben Kepes found out, HP extends its cloud portfolio with a private platform-as-a-service (PaaS). The platform based on Stackato, which is a fork of Cloud Foundry.

HP Platform-as-a-Service

HP itself describes the new enterprise focused platform as an application platform for the developing, deployment and management of cloud based applications, regardless of the language and stack.

Partnership with ActiveState

To offer the new PaaS, HP partners with ActiveState the driving force behind Stackato. Therefore HP takes an OEM license of Stackato to integrate the PaaS into the own cloud infrastructure.

For ActiveState it looks like a small knightly accolade. Usually, one should assume that a big company like HP has the expertise to develop a PaaS on its own. But it shows, that Stackato apparently fits into HPs infrastructure.

What ist Stackato?

Stackato allows developers to use a wide range of different programming languages including Java, Ruby, Python, Perl, Node.js and PHP. It’s a typical polyglot PaaS.

The Platform-as-a-Service market

PaaS is the fastest growing segment in the cloud computing market. According to Gartner, we will see a steady growth in the next five years from 1.2 billion USD in 2012 to 2.9 billion USD in 2016. By comparison, 900 million USD in 2011. Gartner also expects, that each big software vendor will have its own PaaS in the market until the end of 2013.

By Rene Buest

Rene Buest is Gartner Analyst covering Infrastructure Services & Digital Operations. Prior to that he was Director of Technology Research at Arago, Senior Analyst and Cloud Practice Lead at Crisp Research, Principal Analyst at New Age Disruption and member of the worldwide Gigaom Research Analyst Network. Rene is considered as top cloud computing analyst in Germany and one of the worldwide top analysts in this area. In addition, he is one of the world’s top cloud computing influencers and belongs to the top 100 cloud computing experts on Twitter and Google+. Since the mid-90s he is focused on the strategic use of information technology in businesses and the IT impact on our society as well as disruptive technologies.

Rene Buest is the author of numerous professional technology articles. He regularly writes for well-known IT publications like Computerwoche, CIO Magazin, LANline as well as and is cited in German and international media – including New York Times, Forbes Magazin, Handelsblatt, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Wirtschaftswoche, Computerwoche, CIO, Manager Magazin and Harvard Business Manager. Furthermore Rene Buest is speaker and participant of experts rounds. He is founder of and writes about cloud computing, IT infrastructure, technologies, management and strategies. He holds a diploma in computer engineering from the Hochschule Bremen (Dipl.-Informatiker (FH)) as well as a M.Sc. in IT-Management and Information Systems from the FHDW Paderborn.

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