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After spending time at VMware and Cloud Expo last week, I believe that VMware’s lack of full backing for Cloud Foundry software is holding back the entire PaaS market in the enterprise. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot of momentum in PaaS despite how very immature the market is. But this momentum is in pockets and largely outside of the core of software development in the enterprise. CloudFoundry.com might be moving along, but most enterprises don’t want to run the bulk of their applications in a public cloud. Only through the Cloud Foundry software layer will enterprises really be able to invest. And invest they will. PaaS-based applications running in the enterprise data center are going to replace (or envelope) traditional app server-based approaches. It is just a matter of time due to productivity and support for cloud models. Cloud Foundry has the opportunity... (more)

Docker + Stackato: The Perfect Workload Portability Solution

Looking to ease application development and deployment and also retain the maximum flexibility in terms of deployment location? If you work in technology, you'd have to have been under a rock to have not heard about Docker. In a nutshell, Docker provides a lightweight container for code that can be installed onto a Linux system, providing both an execution environment for applications and partitioning to securely segregate sets of application code from one another. While this high-level description doesn't sound that exciting, Docker addresses three key issues confronting application developers: Efficient resource use: One of the problems confronting IT organizations is how to get the most benefit from computing resources; this translates as to how to raise utilization of servers to ensure that their cost and power use is actually applied to computing rather than b... (more)

Integrating Dev and Ops By @ActiveState | @DevOsSummit [#DevOps]

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)

Agility and DevOps with @ActiveState | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

"Our premise is Docker is not enough. That's not a bad thing - we actually love Docker. At ActiveState all our products are based on open source technology and Docker is an up-and-coming piece of open source technology," explained Bart Copeland, President & CEO of ActiveState Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps Summit at Cloud Expo®, held Nov 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. 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, discussed how to achieve the agility an... (more)

Introducing App Deployment in 25 Seconds By @ActiveState | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Private PaaS in 25 Minutes, App Deployment in 25 Seconds Hosted PaaS providers have given independent developers and startups huge advantages in efficiency and reduced time-to-market over their more process-bound counterparts in enterprises. Software frameworks are now available that allow enterprise IT departments to provide these same advantages for developers in their own organization. In his workshop session at DevOps Summit, Troy Topnik, ActiveState's Technical Product Manager, will show how on-prem or cloud-hosted Private PaaS can enable organizations to use this technology on their own infrastructure, and introduce efficient development workflows for deploying applications. Participants will have the opportunity to assist in the setup of a Cloud Foundry-based PaaS on a public cloud, learn about the management of users and resources on the system, and deploy a... (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 Launches AJAX Supported Komodo IDE

(SYS-CON Media) - ActiveState Software, provider of development tools and services for dynamic languages, announced the release of Komodo IDE 4.0, a major upgrade to their award-winning development environment. With this release, developers can now create entire web applications—server, browser, and the HTTP conversation that connects them—within a single unified workspace. Komodo IDE enables developers to write, debug, share and organize quality code in a customizable programming environment. With 4.0, Komodo's support for dynamic languages such as Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby and Tcl, is extended to browser-side languages including JavaScript, CSS, HTML and XML. New features, including JavaScript debugging, DOM viewer, HTTP Inspector and code intelligence, provide deep support for AJAX techniques, making Komodo IDE essential for developers using dynamic languages and mod... (more)

SYS-CON White Paper: Improving Software Development Success with ActivePerl

It is easy to sympathize with software developers trying to build large, complex enterprise software solutions. At the start, a software development project is like a smooth sheet of ice: full of possibility. It's a clean slate, free from architectural flaws, bugs, and broken code. But once the first line of code is written, complexities begin to layer one on top of the other. No matter what the end product, many of the same stumbling blocks come up time and again and get in the way of project success. Some classic pitfalls include time restraints, insufficient in-house resources, scope creep, and spiraling development costs. So how do software developers minimize these obstacles and improve their chances for better, faster, more cost-effective software development? In this paper by Active State, we present the open source Perl programming language as a solution for ... (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)

Cloud Brings out New Equations to the Ecosystem

During the last decade, the enterprise war was among the handful of players. Microsoft wanted to be the de facto choice of the IT by pushing .NET application platform, integrated tools through Visual Studio, a set of servers in the form of SQL Server, SharePoint, BizTalk and System Center. Same was the case with IBM who was trying to compete through the Rational, WebSphere, DB2, Tivoli and MQ Series platforms. Sun and Oracle complemented each other and ran an integrated GTM to win the enterprise customers. The goal of every player was the same – displace competition and own almost every aspect of enterprise IT including the directory services, messaging, databases, business intelligence, systems management, collaboration and enterprise integration. In the era of Cloud, it is unrealistic to think of just one player providing end-to-end capabilities for the enterpris... (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)