The IT guide to private PaaS

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Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) enables developers to write applications in any language, in a consistent environment, and deploy to production themselves. But what about IT? Does PaaS help them or is it just another system to manage?

IT departments typically do not achieve the full potential of their cloud investments. Virtualization helps, but supporting software still needs to be manually installed and configured for each application deployment.

Private PaaS resolves this issue while giving IT control and oversight that is not possible with public/hosted PaaS.

Here is how one private PaaS technology, Stackato by ActiveState, helps IT:

Automatic configuration of web server environments: The platform automatically recognizes an application’s middleware dependencies and installs and configures all required software, supporting any stack.

Automatic application scaling: Applications scale instantly without requiring additional scripts or third-party services. IT still has control of scaling settings in order to effectively manage resources.

Cloud security:…

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