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Aptana, maker of open-source software used to build, implement and manage web sites and applications, has raised $7.8 million in a second round of funding to scale its virtual environment offering, Aptana Cloud — a free service that allows users to deploy and manage their web applications from a central location.
Based in San Mateo, Calif., Aptana is known for making web deployment fairly easy for users of varying skill levels, providing tools to run apps on Ruby on Rails, PHP, MySQL and Apache. Users can toggle the amount of computational power and storage space they need for the tasks at hand. It also lends itself to collaborative projects by giving administrators the ability to add or subtract project team members and edit their privileges.
Before its cloud product was released last year, the company was known for its Aptana Studio offering, an open-source web development platform that just hit 4 million downloads. An Eclipse-based development environment for Web 2.0 sites, Aptana Studio is downloaded 200,000 times each month, the company says.
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