7 Jul 2015 in Kitematic, GUI

Getting to Grips With Kitematic

As you may have already heard, Kitematic is a new container management GUI for Docker. It launched for Windows and OS X in June this year, and allows for running and managing containers without spending any more time than is necessary on the CLI.

Starting a virtual machine can be a daunting task. The people this tends to intimidate the most are those just starting out in web development and developer operations. By using Kitematic with something like Deis, this stress problem can be side-stepped.

In this post, we’ll look at:

  • The advantages to Kitematic

  • The availabililty of pre-bulit Docker images in Kitematic

  • Setting up Kitematic on your PC

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2 Jul 2015 in Docker

Sailing Past Dependency Hell With Docker

Have you ever been excited to tinker with a software project, only to have dependency hell ruin all of the fun? As a software consultant, I face this situation all the time.

Luckily however, technologies like Docker take the pain out of spinning up additional components of your app architecture, like databases or job queues, or installing runtimes like Ruby or Python. By isolating processes from one another with very little overhead, you can sail past dependency hell.

Over the last year, I’ve worked on a number of different projects, encountered lots of of different requirements, and explored all sorts of ways of working through dependency conflicts. This is the story of my search for a solution, the pros and cons of each path I explored, and how I ended up using Docker.

Life as a Consultant, Day 1

When I started working as a consultant, I looked down at my beautiful new laptop and made a promise to treat it right. I wouldn't install a bunch of system extensions. I wouldn't tweak too many esoteric settings. I wouldn't bog it down with databases and other services.

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25 Jun 2015 in Interview

Interview With Gabriel Monroy

Hello! Welcome to the new Deis.com blog. My name is Noah Slater, and I’m your friendly neighbourhood blog editor. To get things started, I’m going to chat with Gabriel Monroy, creator and current Benevolent Dictator of the Deis project.

Gabriel, why don’t you introduce yourself?

I’m Gabriel Monroy, the CTO at Engine Yard and the guy who started Deis back in 2013. I live and work in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, but I spend a lot of my time in San Francisco, New York City, and at tech conferences around the country. I love airplane wifi.

Okay, first things first… How do you pronounce Deis?

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22 Jun 2015 in Announcement

Welcome to Deis.com

Welcome to the new Deis.com website. This site provides a place for the extended Deis community to meet, gather information, and work together as we move Deis into production across the industry.

Things are moving fast! Since OpDemand joined Engine Yard, we have:

Massively expanded the team working on Deis (2x, and still growing) Deployed our global support team to care for Deis deployments 24/7 Launched Deis PRO, featuring improved UX for clusters of containers

The entire Deis.com effort will be focused on building, extending, and supporting the Deis open source project. We value the community’s input and will continue the open roadmap process on our community website: Deis.io.

This is an exciting turning point for Deis. It is already been established as the leading platform for deploying containerized applications, with almost one million downloads total and over 1,000 downloads per day. It’s clear that hundreds of technical teams are deploying applications with the ease of use and reliability of Deis.

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16 Jun 2015 in Announcement, NYI

Announcing Deis & NYI: Containers on Metal

Today we are excited to announce a new partnership with NYI, a colocation provider that is now offering Deis-on-metal solutions to customers in New York, New Jersey, and throughout the Northeast. As you may already know, Engine Yard’s Deis is the leading Docker-based Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) for deploying and managing distributed applications. As Deis has matured, we’ve seen more and more users running on bare metal. We’ve also learned containers on metal offer significant price benefits, consistent performance, and a strong security and compliance story.

As part of this partnership, NYI is providing Engine Yard with the power, space, and dedicated servers for a distributed systems lab that will be used to harden Deis for large-scale colocation environments. This lab will allow us to test failure modes, network partitions, and performance deltas between Deis releases. The lab will also help ensure container on metal solutions meet customer standards for high-performance, scalability, and high-availability.

We are excited to work with the NYI team to see Deis and containers on metal reach its full potential. If you're interested in an in-person demo at an NYI facility, or just want to learn more about Deis and containers on metal, please contact our customer success team.