Category Cloud

Magento Cloud and Magento Marketplace Walkthrough

This blog is a walkthrough at how Magento Cloud and Magento Marketplace can be used together. I put this together as an exploration of development flows and experiences, and to share a bit more about the two products for those interested. What I personally am particularly interested in is exploring the potential experience for low […]

Fastly and Magento

This is a quick post on some of the technical benefits of Fastly and how it can be used with a Magento store. This is not intended as an endorsement of Fastly over other CDN offerings – it is just some technical information on Fastly that I think is interesting. Note: Magento Cloud has announced […]

Cloud Based Development Environments

  A few months back someone pointed me at cloud based PHP development environments. This was a new one for me. Really? Develop PHP applications in a web browser? Zero installation required? Are you serious? Well, after a few great technical discussions with the folks at Codeanywhere.com over the last few months, I am happy […]

Exploring Docker Volumes for Phases of Development

In this blog post I describe a possible Docker based development pipeline. I use building a Magento 2 web site as an example, but the approach is equally valid for any web site. The following draws together several Docker usage patterns in use today. Development Development occurs on your desktop or laptop (not in production!). […]

Containerization is Reducing the Gap with SaaS

There is a lot of noise these days around containerization technologies like Docker. I this post I explore why I believe such technologies are reducing the gap with SaaS based solutions. I explore SaaS and Docker based solutions in particular, aware there are a myriad of options such as dedicated managed hosted solutions. My goal […]

Increasing Data Center Efficiency with Apache Mesos

Apache Mesos wants to make developing software for your data center as easy as for your laptop. I had put off reading up on Mesos for a while as it is more applicable to larger sites, but I had been hearing about it more frequently in the context of Docker so I finally did some […]

Docker Machine – not quite ready for prime time under Windows? (Quick Note)

Docker machine was recently announced as a quick way to get a new VM provisioned and ready to run Docker containers. That is, it creates a new VM with the Docker engine installed in it for you, setting up the various certificate files for authentication. It knows how to talk to VirtualBox (locally), Azure, Amazon, Digital […]

Exploring Azure Support for Docker

I knew Microsoft’s cloud solution, Azure, supported Docker – but how well? It felt a little strange that Microsoft were embracing Docker so rapidly with Docker being built on Linux. This post is my first foray into trying to run Magento in a Docker image on Microsoft Azure. While I had a couple of speed […]

Reducing Magento 2 Install Pain through Virtualization

Magento 2 has lifted the minimum supported versions of PHP, MySQL and other supporting software to higher levels – the level anticipated to be the norm when Magento 2 is released at GA. However a lot of people have reported current issues with running Magento 2 in environments such as MAMP (and for myself XAMP […]

Magento on Docker on GitHub (Quick Note)

In case anyone is interested, I am kicking off an effort on defining a series of Docker images and topologies for use with Magento (https://github.com/alankent/magento-on-docker). This is intended for Magento 1 and Magento 2, and hopefully a useful resource for anyone looking at using Docker to deploy Magento. I anticipate this project proceeding as follows: Spend […]