Make your own cloud

WSO2 launch pick-and-mix cloud platform in Stratos 2.0

Chris Mayer

WSO2’s open source PaaS gets a new architecture, designed to make it easy to plug in and play.

Room for another cloud platform update this
month? WSO2 are the latest in line to release a new iteration of
their enterprise PaaS, in

The major update introduces a cartridge-based
architecture, allowing developers to deploy multiple
in various languages and
services. Initial plug-ins include PHP, MySQL and Tomcat, as well
as the portfolio of WSO2 Carbon Middleware products. This includes
the company’s own message broker, enterprise service bus, API
manager and application server.

The team behind the project claim that Stratos
combines “support for heterogeneous applications and SOA platforms”
with “native, secure multi-tenancy.” They also encourage developers
to create their own cartridges. Like the rest of WSO2’s projects,
Stratos is 100% open sourced under an Apache 2.0

Another new aspect of Stratos is the ability to
run your custom PaaS across popular cloud infrastructure platforms
such as SUSE Cloud, OpenStack Eucalyptus and Amazon EC2. This is
possible through the use of jclouds – the open source portable
cloud library which has recently appeared in the Apache Incubator.
With this library, Stratos is able to pick between 30 different
infrastructure and switch across multiple options, which could
prove to be a decisive selling point for enterprises looking for

Stratos 2.0 also contains a new “tenant-aware”
elastic load balancer, meaning users can tune performance of
workloads, from low priority to those that require dedicated
resources. The PaaS also uses automation management tool Puppet for
private or public deployment, which could seen as an friendly
method of introducing the platform to system

Stratos’ plug-in and play-style cloud platform
could be another contender in the already crowded field. It is
available to download now at

Stratos featured in last month’s JAX Magazine. You can download
that issue here to
learn more about the project, with an article written by WSO2’s CTO
Paul Fremantle.

Image courtesy of aubergene

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