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.

26 Aug 2015 in Deis v1 PaaS

Help us improve the Deis provisioning experience!

Deis is known to be one of the simplest-to-use PaaS solutions available on the market, but we as the Deis team have found that not everyone finds it the easiest one to set up. When I joined the Deis team a month or so ago, I took a stab at rethinking how someone could provision, test, and manage a Deis cluster. I've wrapped up my ideas and approach into a tool called rigger.

Now this is where we would like your help... if you've experienced any sort of hardship during provisioning, testing, or managing a long-living Deis cluster... especially if you have shied away from using Deis at all because it was too daunting to get set up...

Jump in and add your perspective to the conversation around improving the Deis provisioning experience.

25 Aug 2015 in Deis v1 PaaS

Code for Credit: DigitalOcean

Today we are announcing 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.

21 Aug 2015 in Deis v1 PaaS

Thanks Keerthan Mala!

Everyone involved with Deis sends a smiling thank you to Keerthan Mala.

Keerthan joined the Engine Yard Deis team this summer as an intern. It wasn't a hard choice: he was one of the smartest scheduling and distributed systems students we could find.

Keerthan combined forces with Sivaram Mothiki to create a formidable scheduler team. Keerthan owned Kubernetes (k8s), the new container cluster management technology that has the Deis project fired up. He perservered--while the code around him changed rapidly--to bring the Kubernetes Scheduler preview to Deis v1.9, allowing k8s to be used in place of the default fleet scheduler. He also introduced flannel and etcd2 into Deis. Keerthan's always ready to help with debugging or product testing, and he has steered the future technology direction of Deis as a key member of the R&D team.

Keerthan returns to the East coast to finish off his master's degree now, but we will keep his desk warm in hopes of a triumphant return. Best of luck, and thanks again Keerthan for showing us what's next and for making the Boulder office fun!