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Introducing our New Add-ons Section

We are committed to helping you build and grow epic apps in every way possible. With hundreds of innovative companies out there building great services complementary to our platform, we want to make using those services as easy and seamless as possible.

That’s why we started the Add-on Partner Program over 2 years ago. And that’s why, today, we are taking next steps in expanding the program.

February 28, 2014: This Week at Engine Yard

Application server updates start rolling into GA this week! More coming soon!

--Tasha Drew, Product Manager

Engineering Updates

Passenger 4 + nginx 1.4.4

We now have the Passenger 4 application server available as an option on our v4 stack, in general availability. When you select Passenger 4 you also get nginx 1.4.4 and the options to use the popular packages SPDY and PageSpeed.

Don’t worry -- nginx 1.4.4 is coming out for our other popular application server types soon (in GA). Stay tuned!

Social Calendar (Come say hi!)

Tuesday, March 4th: Our Dublin office is hosting the Fermented Polygon University. This month, Jonathan Frawley will talk about developing cog - an open source 2D game engine. More information is here!

Thursday, March 6th: Join the DevOps Ireland Meetup at our Dublin Office at 6:30pm. For more details, check out DevOps Ireland on Twitter!

Articles of Interest

One company decided to try mining bitcoins as a secondary income stream (using underutilized machines during off-peak hours). "The result: running Bitcoin mining software on those 600 quad-core servers for a year would earn about 0.43 Bitcoin, worth a total return of about $275.08 at current prices on major Bitcoin exchanges."

DNA as a long-term computer storage solution mechanism? David Rosenthal explains.

Pets vs. Cattle

I was one of the original developers on Orchestra, the PHP PaaS that Engine Yard acquired in 2011. Many of our customers were using PaaS for the first time, having come from very traditional hosting backgrounds. They were used to uploading things to FTP servers and editing config files remotely — a practice that is still widespread, despite the popularity of Git and sites like The Twelve-Factor App. It is made all the more prevalent by the fact that many off-the-shelf PHP apps are quite old, and still assume this sort of deployment scenario.

Now, this isn’t to be scoffed at. Traditional system administration is based around the notion of physical machines. To add a new machine to a cluster, you might have to purchase it up front, configure it in your offices, and then drive it to your colocation data centre to install it. That could easily take a few weeks. And if that machine later develops a problem, you do your best to fix the issue via SSH. And if that’s not possible, you might have to drive back out to your colocation data centre to fix it or replace it.

Introducing the Partner Junction Program

We are very excited to announce our Partner Junction Program, built to help our development shops and digital agencies succeed through incentives, lead generation, marketing and support.

Highlights of the program include:

  • Real-time insight into individual client usage as well as performance per application
  • Website presence on engineyard.com
  • Joint-marketing opportunities
  • Access to exclusive new leads through a crowdsourcing service - MyCrowd
  • An attractive incentive program featuring both recurring and start-up commissions

Industry without community is without heart and soul

Today we are announcing an update to our recently re-launched website. This update has been a long time coming. Years, in fact.

Over the last 7 years, Engine Yard has been a contributor to different open source projects and communities. While we’re not looking for accolades, it’s important to highlight contributions we have made, and the positive impact we feel it has had, as we hope to inspire other teams, organizations and companies to see how they can make a contribution of their own.

And so today we are launching the community section of our site, where you can find out about the events we’re supporting and speaking at, the open source projects we have contributed to both in terms of code and cash investments, and you can reach out to us to ask for help with organizing community events.

I’ve spent a long time thinking about community and what it means to Engine Yard. I’d like to share some of my thoughts.

What Does Community Even Mean?

Community. It is a word that is used by many tech companies these days to convey different things. To most, it seems like it’s just an umbrella term for “a group of people with a common interest.” But really, it means so much more than that.

Human beings have been doing community for a very, very long time. In fact, you could say it is one of the defining characteristics of our species. It is a system that has evolved with us, and has been a key to our survival. It comes with its own set of basic rules and structures that are universal, and are still true, even today, in our always-on world.

The most successful communities, be they real world and local, or virtual and distributed, all use these rules and structures that are their fundamental building blocks. There are many studies on the subject, but here is my take.

I’ve found that most communities can be described by a structure of:

  • core contributors
  • active contributors
  • passive contributors

I’ve also found that the most successful communities will have elements of:

  • vertical and horizontal movement
  • self regulation
  • leadership, not ownership
  • quid pro quo

Core Contributors