Hewlett-Packard is doubling down on its hybrid cloud offerings with the acquisition of ActiveState Software’s Stackatobusiness.


After the transaction closes – expected in the fourth quarter of HP’s fiscal year 2015, subject to customary closing conditions – ActiveState’s Stackato business will become part of HP Cloud.

HP will acquire Stackato, an early, commercially supported version of the Cloud Foundry developer platform with its own user interface, for an undisclosed price.

There reason why HP chose the technology over the numerous better-known alternatives out there is severalfold, but the main consideration was that it’s based on Cloud Foundry. “Complementing the HP Helion Development platform, the technology helps customers bring applications to market more rapidly by reducing the amount of time spent on IT configuration”. ActiveState is a leading provider of open source software application development and management solutions.

Stackato gives HP a developer productivity weapon for its Helion portfolio, however, it’s not an entirely new addition. That is made all the better by Cloud Foundry’s built-in support for OpenStack, the foundation of the company’s infrastructure-as-a-service offerings. Stackato is open source and also built on Cloud Foundry, but it also includes much-desired Docker support.

HP is looking to stake a claim in a cloud market, but the company has been largely overshadowed by vendors such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. HP and ActiveState have been partners since 2012, with the Stackato PaaS already running and tied to Helion.

“Since launching the HP Helion Development Platform, we have seen increased interest and feedback from customers who want to do more with hybrid cloud”, Hilf wrote. Cloud tools such as Stackato will be part of the latter company.

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