8 Sep 2015 in Support

Pandas: Performing in Public

How we learned to love letting it all hang out...

Support Panda

After each support call here at Engine Yard we ask our customers:

"How'd we do?"

It's a simple question: great or terrible? The results are posted on our support website immediately. Want to add a comment? That's posted too. No editing, no filtering, and every customer gets to see their words on the site instantly. We let it all hang out there. We are performing in public.

One hundred Pandas either smile or frown based on the last 100 support calls.

Real results, in real time, in public.

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2 Sep 2015 in Docker, Containers

Get Started With Docker on Your Non-Linux PC

Though having been around for quite some time now, containers have recently become one of the most sought after technologies. Docker made containerization cool. Seemingly everyone is running—or wants to run—their software in a Docker container. And rightly so. After all, containers are lightweight, easy to deploy, and scalable.

But what if you’re late to the party? If you’re just getting started with Docker, you probably have a thousand questions to ask. Perhaps one of them is: "do I need a Linux box to run Docker? If not, how will that work?"

In this post we'll take a look at that question and get you started on the basics. We’ll learn how to install Docker, create containers from images, and run containers on a non-Linux PC.

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27 Aug 2015 in Containers, Perspective

Combating VM Sprawl with Containers

VM sprawl is something app developers know all too well. Having multiple instances of an application running quickly turns into a mess when your realise how many different staging environments you actually have. Between testing, Q&A, active development, and bug squashing—it’s easy to get lost in the tangled web of VM sprawl.

Using containers and a PaaS like Deis Workflow lets you move past the need for running seven different VMs for one application. Instead, boot one VM and have multiple containers. Why? Because containers need less system resources, so you can more on the same machine. You can easily clone your containers, version them, and so on. Stop and start them in minutes. Sail past dependency hell and ensure a perfect copy of your app runs in all your environments.

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26 Aug 2015 in Announcement, DigitalOcean

Code for Credit

In case you missed it, Deis announced a unique "code-for-credit" partnership with our friends at DigitalOcean. As part of this partnership, DigitalOcean will provide free hosting credits to developers who have code merged into the mainline Deis project.

When new contributors submit a pull request, they will be automatically provided information on how to collect and redeem DigitalOcean credits once the pull request is merged. The amount of credit received by each contributor will be based on the value of each contribution, as determined by the Deis project maintainers.

To learn more about the program, check out the Hacking on Deis documentation.