HP buys ActiveState's Stackato unit to fill out hybrid cloud plans

Stackato consists of a Platform-as-a-Service rooted in Cloud Foundry and utilizes Docker for its Linux Containers.

Hewlett-Packard is doubling down on its hybrid cloud offerings with the acquisition of ActiveState Software's Stackato business.

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Stackato consists of a Platform-as-a-Service rooted in the open source PaaS Cloud Foundry and utilizes Docker for its Linux Containers.

HP plans to incorporate Stackato into its Helion Development Platform, also based on Cloud Foundry for developing and deploying hybrid cloud apps in the enterprise.

"The Stackato PaaS solution strengthens the HP Helion portfolio and reinforces HP's commitment to delivering customers open source solutions that help accelerate their transition to hybrid clouds," asserted Bill Hilf, senior vice president of product and service management for HP's Cloud department, in prepared remarks.

Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed. The merger is expected to go through by the fourth quarter of HP's fiscal 2015.

HP's cloud future has been a bit hazy since the spring.

Days after HP seemed to announce that it would halt public cloud services, the company promised to continue to offer its OpenStack-powered Helion public cloud.

Hilf wrote at the time that "a quote of mine in the media was interpreted as HP is exiting the public cloud, which is not the case."