posted at 21:50
Author: Jordan Novet
Mon, 03 Nov 2014 05:01:42 +0000
StackStorm debuts its open-source software for managing data-center automation
The startup StackStorm is taking the first step toward popularizing the software it's built to help people more efficiently run and update applications in whatever data centers they choose. Today, in conjunction with the OpenStack Paris conference, StackStorm is releasing the 0.5 version of its software under an Apache open-source license, giving people a way to try it out and discover its capabilities. Evan Powell, StackStorm's chief executive and a cofounder of the startup, is confident that when operations people take the software for a spin, they'll be blown away. That's because StackStorm can automatically run processes in data centers based on rules that people can set ahead of time, and these rules can then be sent out to others. StackStorm is initially focusing on the OpenStack open-source cloud software, which has attracted much acquisition and funding activity in the past couple of months. Virtualization software from companies like Microsoft and VMware far exceeds OpenStack in terms of adoption. StackStorm will eventually expand its focus, Powell said, and anyway, the startup focuses on a truly agnostic problem. Palo Alto, Calif.-based StackStorm came out of stealth mode in May. Its software has been in private beta since the spring.

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