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Why Can’t We All Just Get Along: Integrating Development and Operations for Peace, Harmony, and Agility All too many discussions about DevOps conclude that the solution is an all-purpose player: developer and operations guru, complete with pager for round-the-clock duty. For most organizations that is not the way forward. In his session at DevOps Summit, Bart Copeland, President & CEO of ActiveState Software, will discuss how to achieve the agility and speed of end-to-end automation without requiring an organization stocked with Supermen and Superwomen. Register For DevOps Summit "FREE" (by Friday) ▸ Here Areas addressed include: Application lifecycle automation Key requirements for full end-to-end application automation Your DevOps solution: Build vs. buy Organizational requirements to integrate development and operations Typical benefits from development and oper... (more)

Creating a Private PaaS on Any Cloud

"We decided in January 2012 to create Appsembler," said Appsembler CEO Nate Aune as it was announced that his company has integrated ActiveState's Stackato application platform technology into its namesake hosted-service offering for Web applications in the cloud. "With Stackato, we're ready to launch in March," Aune continued. "That's three months from concept to productization. Out of the box with Stackato, we were able to immediately offer one-click deployment environments for Django, Pylons, Pyramid, Bottle, Flask, and other Python frameworks." Stackato - now generally available - is an application platform for creating a private platform-as-a-service (PaaS) using any language on any stack on any cloud.  Appsembler describes itself as "the fastest way to sell hosted web apps." The offering helps developers sell web applications as a hosted on-demand service wit... (more)

Choosing Your First Programming Language

By BryanHalfpap Many new programmers struggle when it comes to selecting their first language to learn.  Which is easiest, the most professionally useful, the most newbie-friendly?  Lets find out by showing you a range of options, their strengths and weaknesses, and some information about the most common programming languages in demand today.  At the end, we’ll make some recommendations and you’ll understand a bit more about why they were chosen. The Task At Hand Every job requires the right kind of tool, and each programming language can be thought of as a separate tool.  Just like some tools are good for hammering nails, driving screws, and leveling screws, some programming languages are innately more suitable than others for tasks like designing a website, interpreting text, or reacting to user input. Lets go through a few common use cases: Language Typical Us... (more)

Delivering Value Through Applications

"Hybrid clouds offer users the opportunity to deploy application workloads in environments that best meet requirements for compliance, performance, or cost," noted Bernard Golden, Vice President of Strategy at ActiveState, in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo Conference and Tech Chairs Larry Carvalho and Vanessa Alvarez. "The key challenge to truly achieving the best outcomes from hybrid cloud computing involve mapping dissimilar APIs, operations, services, and pricing." Cloud Computing Journal: How are cloud standards playing a role in expanding adoption among users? Are standards helping new business models for service providers? Bernard Golden: To date, standards promulgated by official bodies have not played much role in cloud computing due to the rapid evolution of the market and offerings. However, de facto standards based on wide adoption or consortia are ... (more)

Last Chance to Register for Cloud World Forum

London, 9 June 2014 - Set to attract thousands of delegates, the EMEA's biggest and leading Cloud event, Cloud World Forum, takes place next week. With over 250 companies joining the exhibition, and over 300 speakers from 74 countries participating in the conference, there's still time to register for the event, which promises to give delegates high-level insight into the future of Cloud. 2014's Cloud World Forum boasts numerous new features, including a dedicated Technical Cloud Theatre which will welcome world-class experts, such as the Open Data Centre Alliance, to explore fresh content on Software-Defined technologies, storage and more. Visitors will have the chance to join the Future Cloud Theatre, where CxO level executives from major household brands, including Coca Cola, UEFA, BBC, Marks & Spencer, BMW, UBS and Lufthansa, will share their experiences of Cl... (more)

Docker Abstraction for PaaS By @ActiveState | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Is Docker the Right Abstraction for PaaS? Docker has been quickly adopted by nearly everyone and incorporated into everything from cloud technologies, to continuous integration and build systems, to solo developers working exclusively on their laptop. Heck, even Microsoft is getting in on this! It was born in PaaS (dotCloud) and this is the place where it makes a lot of sense. Ephemeral fast-starting single-process containers that can be distributed across a large cluster is where Docker shines. Docker has been Stackato's container implementation for a year now, responsible for provisioning and managing the life-cycle of who knows how many Linux containers. The next question is how do we start exposing Docker features to end users, rather than having them as an unexposed implementation detail. These features bring portability with a simple packaging mechanism for ... (more)

PaaS and #Microservices By @bcferrycoder | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #PaaS

In the first four parts of this series I presented an introduction to microservices along with a handful of emerging microservices patterns, and a discussion of some of the downsides and challenges to using microservices. The most recent installment of this series looked at ten ways that PaaS facilitates microservices development and adoption. In this post I'll cover some words of wisdom, advice intended for individuals, teams, and organizations considering a move to microservices. I've gleaned this advice from the various articles and meetups mentioned above, from dozens of discussions with architects and developers at a handful of organizations who are moving forward with microservices, as well as from my experience building a couple microservices-based systems before microservices was a thing. Words to the Wise / Words to the Weary Start small, move fast Don't e... (more)

[video] Containerized Environments with @TroyTop | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

"Stackato is a commercial distribution of Cloud Foundry. It's geared primarily for private Platform as a Service," explained Troy Topnik, Technical Product Manager at ActiveState, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps Summit, held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City. Register FREE Before Friday! ▸ Here Your registration includes: ▸ DevOps sessions ▸ Containers sessions ▸ Microservices sessions The @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo - to be held November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California - will expand the DevOps community, enable a wide sharing of knowledge, and educate delegates and technology providers alike. Recent research has shown that DevOps dramatically reduces development time, the amount of enterprise IT professionals put out fires, and support time generally. Time spent on infrastructure development is... (more)

ActiveState Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Perl with Release of ActivePerl 5.10.0 Build 1001

ActiveState announced the release of ActivePerl 5.10.0 Build 1001, the complete, ready-to-install Perl distribution for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Solaris, and AIX. Today also marks the 20th Anniversary of Perl, introduced on December 18, 1987, by Larry Wall. Millions of developers worldwide rely on ActivePerl. Complete and ready-to-install, the free ActivePerl distribution includes core Perl, popular modules, the Perl Package Manager (PPM), and complete documentation. The ActivePerl 5.10.0 Build 1001 is available now. "We have been looking forward to this release of ActivePerl 5.10.0 for some time, and with the 20th Anniversary of Perl, the timing couldn't be better", says Jan Dubois, Senior Perl Developer at ActiveState "There are so many new features like the new switch statement and the regexp enhancement, and Beta feedback from the ActiveState Perl community has... (more)

Any Language, Any Stack, Any Cloud

"This is a great day for developers and enterprises looking to the cloud," said ActiveState CEO Bart Copeland (pictured) as he announced the general availability of Stackato 1.0.  "Stackato delivers on the promise of the cloud -- convenience, cost-efficiency -- with the security, control, and compliance the real-world enterprise demands," Copeland added. Bart Copeland, ActiveState CEO, talks to Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan "Stackato is about freedom, control, and ROI," continued Copeland. "Developers have the freedom to work with multiple stacks; use the best-suited tools; configure, test, and deploy faster; and ultimately build more apps. IT managers get control: They can create new apps and migrate existing ones; eliminate the risks of data silos or rogue clouds; ensure tighter security and compliance; and deploy to the cloud model that's right for th... (more)

Enterprise Cloud Curves Ahead: PaaS Carefully

We’re seeing a lot of changes in the IT landscape. Oracle buying its way into the Cloud, AMD wants in on the server business, Dell is no longer a PC company, and some legacy players are learning about the Cloud market the hard way (see: Harris Scraps Secure Public Cloud). Harris claims customers have a preference for on premise (private cloud) solutions, though a McKinsey survey mentioned in the article indicates CIOs will take a “balanced” approach (read: Hybrid Cloud). Besides, acquiring on-premise IT business won’t get easier in the Federal government space with its shift to a Cloud First Policy, nor in State government (see Time For State And Local Govs To Head To The Cloud). Is the Cloud chasm too wide for legacy players (like Harris) to cross? Everyone in the industry is positioning for the game of the century as a result of the disruptive Cloud forces. As I wri... (more)