April 4, 2014: This Week at Engine Yard

Spent a fantastic week in Atlanta, attending GWOCon and visiting local customers and partners to talk tech and get feedback. We always want to know what you’re thinking and how our platform can make your life better and easier! It was awesome to see the excitement and interest in some of the feature sets we’re actively working on.

--Tasha Drew, Product Manager

Engineering Updates

AWS’s popular new instance families, the C3 and M3 instances, are now available on Engine Yard under our Early Access program. We’ve had the C3’s for a while, but have added some enhancements to how they perform, especially for databases. The M3’s are new on our platform, but have also benefited from these enhancements.

A bunch of other updates are chronicled in our regular release notes!

Social Calendar (Come say hi!)

Ancient City Ruby, April 3-4, St. Augustine, Florida: Our most excellent deployment engineer, Evan Machnic, presents on how he juggles children and rubies without missing a beat -- or dropping anyone.

ScaleConf, April 10-11, Cape Town, South Africa: a two day conference that focuses on the problems faced in building and running services on the internet today. Platform engineering legend Shai Rosenfeld will be presenting on concurrency and scaling!

Articles of Interest

Kristof Kovacs has updated his comparison of various open source databases with even more awesome information in "Cassandra vs MongoDB vs CouchDB vs Redis vs Riak vsHBase vs Couchbase vs Neo4j vs Hypertable vsElasticSearch vs Accumulo vs VoltDB vs Scalaris comparison"