Category Cloud

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 […]

Cluster Control with Etcd and Docker

Adding and removing hosts for live multi-server sites is a lot easier with technology such as Docker and etcd. Docker containers make it easy to create a template for a new server that you want to spin up, such as a new web server, but you have to connect all the servers together by configuration files when you […]