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PHP multiple partnership puts Platform.sh at the forefront of PHP hosting in 2016

Platform.sh is the PaaS for major PHP vendors: Magento, eZ Systems, TYPO3 and SensioLabs

San Francisco, United States. 15 December, 2016 – Originally built for Drupal, Platform.sh has cemented its position as the preferred PaaS provider for major PHP players: eCommerce with Magento and CMS with eZ Systems and Typo3, and now the PHP framework Symfony - SensioCloud. (Sensio Labs, the software company behind Symfony announced the launch of SensioCloud, a cloud solution powered by the Platform.sh PaaS.) With these partnerships in place, Platform.sh guarantees developers, agencies and companies maximum scalability, stability, and performance for their PHP projects and services.

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Ex-Facebook HHVM engineer, Sara Golemon, leaves Silicon Valley for Paris to join Platform.sh

Paris, France. 23rd November, 2016 - Platform.sh, a continuous deployment cloud hosting provider, is pleased to announce today the latest appointment of Sara Golemon, previously an Open Source engineer working on the HHVM project at Facebook. Officially based in the Paris headquarters, she joins our cloud engineering team as Senior Architect with the role to continuously build joy into Platform.sh’s solution for its users.

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TYPO3 CMS 8 starting today with Platform.sh in the cloud

Paris, France. Munich, Germany. 27th October, 2016 - TYPO3 CMS 8 was presented in the cloud today at the TYPO3 Conference that is currently being held in Munich. Starting now, users can test TYPO3 on Platform.sh. The TYPO3 Association and the cloud hosting company Platform.sh are cooperating on offering the open source CMS in the cloud as well. Platform.sh offers its users a public cloud solution via Microsoft Azure Germany that also saves sensitive data securely in German datacenters.

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The next-generation Continuous Deployment web hosting cloud is coming to Australia

Sydney, Australia. Paris, France. 27 October, 2016 – In response to growing demand, Platform.sh, the high-availability cloud hosting platform that is fast and simple to use, is heading Down Under with the announcement of a new public cloud region for their self-service, No-Op’s hosting stack for PHP, NodeJS, Python and Ruby. The new cloud region will be coming to Australia in the first quarter of 2017.

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Deploy your beta version of Open Social on Platform.sh

Paris, France. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 27th September, 2016 - In an increasingly connected world, organizations are looking for simpler and faster ways to collaborate, interact, and engage with their stakeholders. To reinvent the way social communities and intranets are built and operated, GoalGorilla chose to partner with Platform.sh to deploy their open-source social business software, Open Social.

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eZ Systems partners with Platform.sh to accelerate development of content-rich websites and applications

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eZ Systems partners with Platform.sh to accelerate development of content-rich websites and applications Organisations can build digital experiences at speed and scale with eZ’s open source, enterprise grade content management system

Paris, France. 20th September, 2016 - In their mission to help enterprises build stronger performing applications at speed and scale, eZ Systems and Platform.sh announce today a new partnership that offers developers an accelerated path to build content-rich websites and web applications with eZ’s open source content management system, eZ Platform, and its premium edition, eZ Enterprise. By taking advantage of Platform.sh’s Platform-as-a-Service(PaaS), eZ now allows developers to build, test, and deploy new features faster and more frequently, which in turn reduces costs, time, and risk for the business.

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Microsoft and Platform.sh announce joint PaaS offering for High Availability (HA) hosting

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Customers gain automation on Microsoft Cloud Germany

June 2nd 2016, Paris, France - Today, Platform.sh, the Continuous Deployment Platform-as-a-Service cloud hosting company, announces their plans to enable companies to run highly available and scalable web applications based on Drupal, Symfony or PHP in German datacenters. Platform.sh manages the entire application lifecycle from development to production instances with 99.99% uptime guarantees for production environments.

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Platform.sh Provides PaaS Technology to Magento Commerce

Global commerce provider Integrates Platform.sh Into its New Enterprise Cloud Offering

Paris, France. - April 12, 2016, for immediate release

Today, Platform.sh, the Continuous Delivery Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) Cloud Hosting company, announced that Magento Commerce has chosen the company’s second generation PaaS for its newly launched Magento Enterprise Cloud Edition product. The flagship open-source Magento platform is already the worldwide leader in e-commerce, powering more than 250,000 sites globally and supporting over $50 billion in gross merchandise volume annually.

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Continuous Deployment solution Platform.sh now available on the hosted infrastructure of Cloudwatt Orange Business Services

Paris, France. - March 24, 2016, for immediate release

The power of continuous deployment is now available on the hosted infrastructure of Cloudwatt Orange Business Services thanks to the newly formed partnership between Platform.sh and Orange Business Services

A partnership with the cloud infrastructure solution Platform.sh

Orange Cloud for Business, Orange’s Business Services subsidiary dedicated to Cloud Computing activities, signs a partnership with Platform.sh to offer a

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Perfectly Posh adopts Platform.sh for Drupal Commerce based e-commerce application

Custom Platform.sh Enterprise subscription deployed to handle massive peak traffic

Michigan, U.S. Thursday, March 24, 2016, for immediate release

Today, Platform.sh announces the adoption by Perfectly Posh of our Platform as a Service (PaaS) for their online sales operations. Founded in 2011, Perfectly Posh sells naturally based, pampering products across the USA through over 45,000 Independent Consultants.

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Platform.sh awarded a €1.95M grant from Horizon 2020, the European Union Research and Innovation Program

In a highly selective process based on strict criteria around excellence, impact, and quality, Platform.sh was selected as a winner from a 3% shortlist of thousands of applications submitted by some of the most innovative companies across the 28 member nation European Union. The grant, will allow the Platform.sh team to quickly grow the engineering teams in order to accelerate the development of an ambitious roadmap, including support for other mainstream development languages, advancements on the Distributed Storage Grid which will make it easy to share all forms of persistent data between cloud and local environments, and of our hugely innovative Multi Cloud capability enabling deployments across cloud boundaries with seamless operations between multiple cloud providers (Amazon, Google Cloud, Azure) and on-premises private infrastructures.

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European cloud leadership is being born before our very own eyes in France

Note: This article is an English translation from the original article from Antoine Crochet Damais in JournalduNet. Read the original French version.

Launched in 2014 by Commerce Guys, Platform.sh offers a container based Platform as a Service (PaaS). One year on, this French company has proved its success; 250 customers in Europe and the Americas.

Cloud hosting built entirely around logical (LXC) based containers, Platform.sh was launched in May 2014 by the French open source software company, Commerce Guys. A year later, it seems the proof of concept has come of age; to date Commerce Guys claims at least 250 live customers on its PaaS. References include several renowned French brands; SeLoger.com, Drupal based websites and all its content sits on Platform.sh. Parc Asterix uses Platform.sh for all its web-sites, as well as Drupal Commerce (the Drupal distribution for e -commerce built by Commerce Guys and active across 60,000 sites world-wide), which the leisure park uses to fulfill online ticket sales and customer service.

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Groundbreaking Drupal 8 news portal goes live on Platform.sh

Platform.sh, the Continuous Delivery Cloud, is up and running with one of the very first Enterprise production sites on Drupal 8, the newest, cutting-edge version of the wildly successful Open Source content management system (CMS). With the launch of a suedostschweiz.ch, Platform.sh proves its ability to fulfill the new system’s complex requirements, providing an ideal toolset to develop and manage sites built on the Drupal 8 CMS.

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First Look at Platform.sh – a Development and Deployment SaaS

We’re pleased to re-post this article by Chris Ward. The article was originally published on SitePoint. You can find more from Chris Ward on http://www.guru99.com/

Platform.sh is a newer player on the market, built by the team at Commerce Guys, who are better known for their Drupal eCommerce solutions. Initially, the service only supported Drupal based hosting and deployment, but it has rapidly added support for Symfony, WordPress, Zend and ‘pure’ PHP, with Node.js, Python and Ruby coming soon.

Not so long ago, many of us were satisfied handling deployment of our projects by uploading files via FTP to a web server. I was doing it myself until relatively recently and still do on occasion (don’t tell anyone!). At some point in the past few years, demand for the services and features offered by web applications rose, team sizes grew and rapid iteration became the norm. The old methods for deploying became unstable, unreliable and (generally) untrusted.

Platform.sh is a newer player on the market, built by the team at Commerce Guys, who are better known for their Drupal eCommerce solutions. Initially, the service only supported Drupal based hosting and deployment, but it has rapidly added support for Symfony, WordPress, Zend and ‘pure’ PHP, with Node.js, Python and Ruby coming soon.

It follows the microservice architecture concept and offers an increasing amount of server, performance and profiling options to add and remove from your application stack with ease.

I tend to find these services make far more sense with a simple example. I will use a Drupal platform as it’s what I’m most familiar with.

Platform.sh has a couple of requirements that vary for each platform. In Drupal’s case they are:

  • An id_rsa public/private key pair
  • Git
  • Composer
  • The Platform.sh CLI
  • Drush

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Leading digital agencies adopt Platform.sh to support Continuous Delivery

Platform.sh becoming the hosting and development tool of choice for Drupal and Symfony web applications in North America and Europe.

Ann Arbor, Michigan, November 5, 2014 - A growing list of North American digital agencies will use Platform.sh, the continuous delivery cloud by Commerce Guys, for much of their development and production hosting needs. These announcements follow similar recent decisions by leading European digital agencies to do the same, signifying rapid uptake of the Platform.sh Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) product.

Platform.sh is a fully automated Git-driven web application hosting PaaS that manages not only the entire production infrastructure, but also any number of development and staging environments. It extends a branch-merge workflow to infrastructure so that every branch can be tested as if it were in production, and scales for the largest sites.

Antoine Crochet-Damais dubbed Platform.sh “Cloud Hosting 2.0” in a Journal du Net article citing its unique infrastructure for continuous integration. Platform.sh officially launched in May of this year.

Benefits to web agencies include:

  • Savings on System Administration and DevOps
  • Accelerated development schedules from specialized build and deployment tools
  • Enhanced confidence in deployment
  • Rock-solid production hosting with a competitive SLA and 24/7 support

The new Platform.sh Agency Program is designed to simplify use of Platform.sh across an entire development team, along with 24/7 support and rebates on production hosting. Commerce Guys is pleased to announce Therefore Interactive as the first firm to take advantage of this new program.

The following digital agencies have all experienced the benefits of Platform.sh, and are now delivering new projects and in some cases transitioning customers to Platform.sh.

“The guys at Commerce Guys understand what it means to partner with an agency. We’ve been very pleased with the Platform.sh products and service levels, and even more importantly, this has been reflected in our ability to service and provide for our customers” said Alex De Winne, President & CEO at Therefore Interactive of Toronto, Canada.

“Digital Bridge Solutions is proud to be partnering with Commerce Guys to lead the adoption of Platform.sh among North American Drupal agencies. We have had great support from the highest levels of the Commerce Guys organization in educating our team on the capabilities of the platform. Our code deployment processes for our Production clients on Platform.sh have been extremely easy and efficient as a result” said Chris Rooney, President & Founder, Digital Bridge Solutions.

“We are excited to adopt Commerce Guys’ cutting-edge PaaS product as our preferred hosting and continuous integration solution. Platform.sh has significantly streamlined our operations at DropForge Labs and enabled us to focus on value delivery. The development workflow has not only reduced complexity and standardized our deployment processes, but also eliminated the traditional overhead associated with DevOps.” said Andrew Santiago, President & CEO of DropForge Labs. “It is evident that the vast feature set, incredible performance, and phenomenal customer service has positioned Commerce Guys to be the market leader in this space. We look forward to a lasting partnership with Commerce Guys and will continue to recommend Platform.sh to all of our customers.”

“It’s thrilling to see such rapid adoption by our partners. Platform.sh meets developers’ needs by removing DevOps activities, encouraging frequent deployment, and allowing them to respond and react more quickly to their customers.” said Scott Dahlgren, Managing Director of North American Operations for Commerce Guys. “Our partners are using Platform.sh to improve the quality of their delivery while reducing costs, making them more competitive in the market.”

Commerce Guys is now accepting agencies for its new program. For more information, contact scott@commerceguys.com.

About Commerce Guys

Commerce Guys is the creator of Drupal Commerce, one of the world’s fastest growing eCommerce solutions with over 50,000 active sites worldwide. Drupal Commerce is revolutionary software that integrates commerce, content and community to create engaging Web experiences that bring e-retailers more traffic to drive more results. Commerce Guys recently launched Platform.sh, the Continuous Delivery Cloud for web development and hosting.

Commerce Guys won the overall grand prize and the gold prize in the Technology category at the E-commerce Awards 2013. The company was also awarded the gold prize for Best New Electronic Software Solution at the 2013 American Business Awards, also known as The Stevies.

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Wunderkraut adopts Platform.sh for all of its 14 international offices

Commerce Guys, the creators behind Drupal Commerce and Platform.sh, announces a strategic partnership with Wunderkraut, the leading European pure play Drupal agency.

Today, Commerce Guys announces its first Agency Enterprise Agreement (AEA) with Wunderkraut, under which they will adopt the Platform.sh service for cloud hosting and development in all 14 of its international offices. Wunderkraut has in excess of 100 developers who will be transitioning onto Platform.sh for the majority of their development efforts.

Platform.sh is an innovative new way to develop and host in the cloud designed for Drupal and other PHP applications such as Symfony. It allows branching and merging at will to develop even the smallest feature with a live byte-for-byte copy of the original environment. Testing can be done any time, under the exact same conditions as Production. Platform.sh also scales for the biggest applications and sites. Antoine Crochet-Damais dubbed Platform.sh “Cloud Hosting 2.0” in a Journal du Net article,* citing its unique infrastructure for continuous integration and use of infrastructure-oriented containers inspired by the Docker project. Platform.sh officially launched in May of this year.

Wunderkraut has worked in partnership with Commerce Guys for some time, and were one of the first companies to be invited to the private beta test of Platform.sh earlier this year. Since then, the Wunderkraut team has deployed several live sites on both Platform.sh offerings: the self-service container-based version and the fully redundant Enterprise version. They have several more projects under development, and have provided invaluable feedback and contributions for improving the Platform.sh experience.

Vesa Palmu, CEO of Wunderkraut said of the partnership, “Platform.sh is a unique product in the PaaS (Platform as a Service) market. Not only does it provide very competitive hosting and performance capabilities, but it differentiates with an unmatched development workflow that enhances team performance, reduces management complexity and saves money. Wunderkraut will also recommend Platform.sh to our customers because it provides them all of the necessary ingredients to enable Continuous Integration (CI) in a cost-effective manner, no matter how large or small the project.”

“Wunderkraut is a very influential agency with great talent and reach all over Europe. They’ve been helping us to offer a relevant experience to Drupal developers with Platform.sh. It’s very flattering and exciting to see the adoption of Platform.sh within their teams across the business.” said Fred Plais, CEO of Commerce Guys.

About Wunderkraut

Wunderkraut’s mission is to improve the business of our customers with digital tools, providing end-to-end digital services from developing strategy, providing consultancy and training to service design, development and support. We have 150 staff across 9 countries serving some of Europe’s best-known brands and forward-thinking governments, and our solid processes, business focus and great communications are as important as our technical knowledge in making these projects a success.

Some of the best available digital tools we use include Agile business development methods, agile project management and open source software. What makes us different though is our consultative, collaborative approach. We use our experience to help you define the right questions before starting work on the answers, building a clear strategy with you. We work in long term, highly collaborative relationships with our customers, forming ‘one team’ that operates in a borderless way across the organisations. Our agile approach means we meet the deadlines, stay within the budget and reach the goals of a project — three things that are sadly rare in digital projects. Our customer testimonials show our repeated success at this.

About Commerce Guys

Commerce Guys is the creator of Drupal Commerce, one of the world’s fastest growing eCommerce solutions with over 45,000 active sites worldwide. Drupal Commerce is revolutionary software that integrates commerce, content and community to create engaging Web experiences that bring e-retailers more traffic to drive more results. Commerce Guys recently launched Platform.sh, the Continuous Delivery Cloud for web development and hosting.

Commerce Guys won the overall grand prize and the gold prize in the Technology category at the E-commerce Awards 2013. The company was also awarded the gold prize for Best New Electronic Software Solution at the 2013 American Business Awards, also known as The Stevies.

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SensioLabs, creators of Symfony, announces global strategic partnership with Platform.sh

Ann Arbor, Michigan. Thursday, September 25, 2014, for immediate release

Commerce Guys, creators of Drupal Commerce, and SensioLabs, the company behind the Symfony PHP framework, have announced a strategic partnership around the Platform.sh Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) developed by Commerce Guys. The two companies, both leading vendors of widely used Open Source web development tools, share a common interest in development productivity and code quality tools.

The partnership is motivated in part by the fact that Drupal will utilize many Symfony components for its next version (Drupal 8), and in part by the opportunity that the Symfony community will now have to leverage the innovative concepts provided by Platform.sh, including the ability to easily employ superior application development workflows.

Platform.sh is a next generation PaaS optimized for Drupal and Symfony applications. It provides an enhanced development-to-production workflow, enabling Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery during development, at launch, and throughout a site’s life. Sites can be scaled from the smallest development project to massive sizes handling millions of visitors. Platform.sh closely follows the branch-and-merge workflows of Git-driven development, and is capable of providing a full-stack environment for every Git branch you create. This is ideal for enabling development teams to be more agile, and for setting up automated testing. It also significantly cuts down on the time and effort it takes for agencies and integrators to work with outsourced teams and #lancers. Platform.sh is used by development teams from day one of development projects, providing immediate benefit through developing and deploying onto a consistent stack.

“This partnership between SensioLabs and Platform.sh is really the perfect answer to a growing demand from Symfony users : developing and hosting their projects in the cloud to focus more on quality code development and stop worrying about the tedious tasks associated with server management”.

Fabien Potencier, CEO SensioLabs

Commerce Guys closely collaborates with SensioLabs to offer Symfony projects on Platform.sh an unmatched production experience and the same tools and productivity gains for development (up to 25% measured on some projects) as it already offers for Drupal.

“We love working with SensioLabs on Platform.sh, for only a few companies have this level of expertise for PHP in the enterprise. Platform.sh for Symfony is the outcome of an outstanding cooperation between Commerce Guys and the SensioLabs engineers.”

Frédéric Plais, CEO Commerce Guys

About Commerce Guys

Commerce Guys is the creator of Drupal Commerce, one of the world’s fastest growing eCommerce solutions with tens of thousands of active sites worldwide. Drupal Commerce is revolutionary software that integrates commerce, content and community to create engaging Web experiences that bring e-retailers more traffic to drive more results. Commerce Guys most recently launched Platform.sh, the Continuous Delivery Cloud for web development and hosting.

Commerce Guys won the overall grand prize and the gold prize in the Technology category at the E-commerce Awards 2013. The company was also awarded the gold prize for Best New Electronic Software Solution at the 2013 American Business Awards, also known as The Stevies.

Visit us at CommerceGuys.com Develop and host on Platform.sh Be a part of the movement at DrupalCommerce.org Follow us on Twitter (@commerceguys) and Facebook (facebook.com/commerceguys)

About Symfony

Symfony, is a leading international PHP framework tailored for professionals.

Created by SensioLabs’ co-founder Fabien Potencier, Symfony is a development framework used by many popular open source projects (Drupal, phpBB, eZ Publish, etc.) and thousands of companies (Dailymotion, Yahoo, Blablacar, etc.) in the world. Adopted by a community of 150,000 developers worldwide, Symfony and its components are downloaded over a million times each month and are recognized as the most professional open-source solution in PHP.

About SensioLabs

SensioLabs, an Open Source software and SaaS editor, is known for constantly pushing PHP language limits worldwide, especially following the creation of Symfony, the PHP framework for businesses and Twig, the templating engine.

In addition to the numerous service, training and support offers available, the company conceives e-solution products for web developers and businesses, to improve quality, productivity, direction and deployment of PHP applications, such as SensioLabsInsight, launched in 2014.

With about 100 employees in six offices in France, Germany and the United Kingdom, SensioLabs is recognized as one of the most innovative companies in today’s application development market.

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FlixBus launches new eCommerce Service on Platform.sh Enterprise

Platform.sh is a one-stop solution offering a new paradigm in collaborative web development and live hosting

London, U.K., September 23, 2014 - Commerce Guys, creators of Drupal Commerce and Platform.sh, is proud to announce that German long distance bus operator FlixBus has launched its new eCommerce site www.FlixBus.de on Platform.sh Enterprise, the powerful continuous delivery cloud for digital business. Platform Enterprise speeds and simplifies site development, deployment and operation for digital agencies, systems integrators, development shops and, of course, online merchants. Along with Drupal, Symfony, and other PHP-based applications, it can support a range of other Linux-based services.

FlixBus is one of Germany’s largest long-distance bus services, and among the top 10 travel industry ticketing sites in Europe. Their move to Platform.sh Enterprise coincides with their adoption of Drupal, making FlixBus the most recent in a long list of international travel companies to implement the popular Open Source CMS. Having chosen Drupal, Platform Enterprise was quickly identified as the ideal hosting scenario, with its combination of optimized development and ultra-high resiliency at commodity costs.

The FlixBus team has developed a powerful IT infrastructure to manage hundreds of thousands of ticket requests per day. To do so, FlixBus relies on strong partners like Commerce Guys to provide cutting-edge services to host and develop fast and reliable IT services. And while technical excellence is a must, lowering IT costs is essential, ensuring that FlixBus can continue to provide affordable bus tickets to its customers. As a disruptive, innovative player offering high-quality and low-cost, FlixBus does for long-distance travel what Platform.sh does for Cloud hosting.

Platform.sh is offered in two different versions, both of which enjoy the same the development workflow optimization:

  • Platform.sh: Organizations with small- to medium-sized workload requirements will benefit from this self-serve, container-based server-grid-architecture.
  • Platform.sh Enterprise: is the premium offer for mission-critical applications requiring much higher availability and triple redundancy. Platform.sh Enterprise guarantees that sites will stay online and perform well, regardless of any physical or logical failures within the infrastructure.

Both versions offer multiple server locations around the world, along with vertical and horizontal scaling that is seamless and without interruption.

Platform.sh provides highly optimized development workflows and automation, and is widely regarded as the next generation in today’s Platform as a Service (PaaS) market. Its flexible architecture and easy-to-use interface eliminate complex administration processes. Platform.sh enables Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Delivery (CD) during development, during launch, and throughout an application’s lifecycle. Snapshot technology enables ‘cloning at the speed of thought’, replicating full-stack environments on-demand in seconds and radically improving production return-to-operations (RTO) metrics. Up to 25% savings in developer and systems administration efforts are being achieved on projects; the return on investment (ROI) being exponentially greater the bigger and more complex the site build.

“Both FlixBus and our delivery partner Wunderkraut have gained significant financial advantage from the optimized development workflow functionality provided by Platform.sh, and we are confident that it will be able to easily manage unexpected capacity demands, along with the deployment of new website features at short notice to take advantage of changes in our marketplace.” Daniel Krauss, CTO FlixBus.

“We are very pleased to support FlixBus in their adoption of Platform.sh, and expect this commerce-tuned platform to service their fast-growing customer base with sub-second response times for many years to come.” Kieron Sambrook-Smith, General Manager EMEA, Commerce Guys.

About FlixBus

FlixBus is a German low-cost long-distance bus service founded in 2011 that has been connecting large cities and medium-sized towns in Germany, and several neighboring countries through an all-encompassing network since the fall of the monopoly of Deutsche Bahn (German Rail) in 2013.

With approximately 2,500 bus connections to around 150 destinations in Germany and neighboring countries, FlixBus offers sustainable, comfortable and affordable mobility. Tickets can be purchased online at www.FlixBus.de, via the # smartphone app, from a constantly growing amount of distribution sales partners as well as (recently) in local FlixBus shops. The tickets are directly validated by the QR code when checking in before departure. The ticket price includes internet access via Wi-Fi and a guaranteed seat on the air-conditioned bus. All the latest travel information and updates and delays can be found on the FlixBus app, via text message or at www.FlixBus.de/Streckeninfos.

FlixBus currently has a team of around 150 at the FlixBus headquarters in Munich, as well as a partner network of approximately 60 of the most powerful bus companies in Germany and Austria.

Under the aegis of the FlixBus umbrella brand, FlixBus runs ticketing and sales via the platform www.FlixBus.de, along with customer service and support for bricks-and-mortar distribution partners. Medium-sized bus partners are responsible for the operative business and the procurement of a modern fleet of comfortable buses. In this manner, a consistent, Europe-wide mobility offering with unbeatable price, quality and service has been created. The traveler profits too, from a modern, comfortable and affordable alternative to train and air travel. FlixBus was awarded with the Bayerischer Gründerpreis 2014 (The Bavarian’s Founder’s Prize) for Best Startup in 2014, along with and other awards.

FlixBus managed to quickly establish itself in the travel sector thanks to fast expansion of its network and continuous optimization of its offering. With an attractive network, high customer approval and innovative multichannel distribution, FlixBus disrupts the status quo and competes against even major corporations. Because of its “excellent price-performance ratio”, travel comfort, transparent booking procedures and fare information, FlixBus was rated as Germany’s winner in field testing of long-distance buses by Stiftung Warentest (test occured 07/2014).

About Commerce Guys

Commerce Guys is the creator of Drupal Commerce, one of the world’s fastest growing eCommerce solutions with tens of thousands of active sites worldwide. Drupal Commerce is revolutionary software that integrates commerce, content and community to create engaging Web experiences that bring e-retailers more traffic to drive more results. Commerce Guys most recently launched Platform.sh, the Continuous Delivery Cloud for web development and hosting.

Commerce Guys won the overall grand prize and the gold prize in the Technology category at the E-commerce Awards 2013. The company was also awarded the gold prize for Best New Electronic Software Solution at the 2013 American Business Awards, also known as The Stevies.

Visit us at CommerceGuys.com

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How the Platform.sh PaaS removes developer overhead

Platform.sh is a new Platform as a Service (PaaS) from Commerce Guys, a software company with offices in London, Paris, and Michigan. Platform.sh’s purpose is to bring continuous delivery to the open source CMS Drupal.

Commerce Guys launched Drupal Commerce in 2011; Drupal Commerce is a mass of modules to enable e-commerce in Drupal. Now Commerce Guys have built a PaaS to help developers working with Drupal Commerce. If you look hard, you can see a few Platform.sh site actions, like OAuth login and SSH key install, flick past the Commerce Guys site site.

Like all PaaS vendors, the Platform.sh team takes care of capacity, resilience, security, and all the rest of that operational malarkey for the developer. Platform.sh is new, and it’s not even out of the beta test phase yet. Commerce Guys recently received buckets of cash to roll out its new Platform.sh service, but is it ready for prime time? And if so, who will feel more at home here than with other PaaS offerings?

Launch, branch, clone, merge

The first developmental stop on Platform.sh is to use the web UI to launch a new project. The launch initializes a new technical environment for a team to work in. Since Platform.sh users are agile teams, they get ready for a sprint like this:

  1. Launch a new project.
  2. Create a master Drupal site for end users.
  3. Invite team members to sign in.
  4. Create branches for the team to work on.

Team members have different roles. A member may be a scrum master with the power to merge branches, a developer who makes code changes, or an external company with read-access only.

Platform.sh’s environment branches are like source code branches. The live site is copied into a hierarchy the same way a source code control system branches code.

  1. The master environment is branched to create a QA environment.
  2. QA is branched to create sprints.
  3. A sprint is branched into stories.

The team ends up with a hierarchy of site copies for developers to work on. Code, databases, search engine indexes, and other software can be shifted around in this hierarchy: branches are synchronized, projects are checked out, and environments are backed up.

Test sites

Each branch has its own public URL so changes can be viewed and tested. The master site has a URL along the lines of http://master-was5o4df4vg6o.eu.platform.sh/ and a story site http://story1-was5o4df4vg6o.eu.platform.sh/. This allows each developer to check their work as they progress.

The Platform.sh CLI

Platform.sh expects developers to use a Command Line Interface (CLI) for detailed work. A CLI tool called platform provides a domain-specific set of commands to speed up the developer’s work.

$ platform

Welcome to Commerce Platform!

Platform.sh expects the developer to have these specialist files and PHP helper applications already installed:

  • Drush (Drupal shell), another CLI popular with Drupal developers;
  • SSH keys, the de facto standard for authenticating to cloud machines; and
  • Composer, a packager that makes PHP dependency installs easier. The platform-cli application is PHP code wrapped in a Composer package.

The platform CLI provide lots of little shortcuts to speed up work. If a developer types in this command, he can check out code to a local project folder:

platform get was5o4df4vg6o

If a developer types this command within a project folder, he is logged in to the corresponding remote environment:

platform drush ssh

It’s easier than typing this:

ssh -o PasswordAuthentication=no -t was5o4df4vg6o-story1@ssh.eu.platform.sh bash

As all lovers of auto-complete know, less is more when it comes to typing.

Platform.sh is for agile Drupal teams

Developers have been checking out code, building with make-files, and merging changes since the dawn of the Model M keyboard, but that does not mean all developers would be at home with Platform.sh. This PaaS is aimed at the modern breed of developer, used to cloud services, git pulls, and week-long sprints.

Platform.sh is not all things to all developers – it is aimed at professional Drupal developers, who work in teams and are comfortable with agile methods of development. Those are the people who will save time using this PaaS.

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Commerce Guys Launches Platform.sh, Continuous Delivery Cloud on Amazon Web Services

Paris, France, May 13, 2014Commerce Guys, creators of Drupal Commerce, announces the launch of Platform.sh, a powerful continuous delivery cloud hosting solution available for systems integrators, digital agencies and individual websites. Platform.sh supports Drupal, Symfony, and other PHP-based applications.

Platform.sh has an optimized development-to-production workflow that is revolutionary in the market, enabling Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Delivery (CD) during development, at launch, and throughout a site’s life. Unique snapshot technology enables cloning at the speed of thought, replicating full-stack environments on demand and radically improving production return-to-operations (RTO) metrics. Up to 25% savings on developer and systems integration effort are being achieved on beta projects, with the return on investment (ROI) increasing exponentially the larger and more complex the site.

Key Platform.sh Features and Benefits:

  • Perfect cloning. Snapshot cloning takes an exact byte-level copy of upstream environments (code, configuration files and data), providing 100% consistency for development, testing, migration and integration.
  • Unlimited cloning. Developers can create, merge, and destroy an unlimited number of development, branch or test environments at the touch of a button in seconds, no matter how large the system.
  • Collaborative, Agile. Accept contributions from an unlimited number of contributors, each with variable permissioning capabilities. Platform.sh leverages Agile methodologies.
  • Git. Integration with the Git version control system allows for safe and seamless merging.
  • AWS. Built to work on Amazon Web Services for enterprise-class bandwidth, storage, and security.
  • 2nd Generation Platform as a Service. A container-based server-grid architecture separates each service, enabling scalability and eliminating performance degradation from neighboring operations. The first generation generalized the server virtualization concept. Containers are the second generation.
  • Applications. Non-LAMP stack services are also supported, reducing the complexity associated with integration, testing and management of 3rd party integrations.
  • Monitoring. User-friendly dashboard allows full visibility in real time to all development environments and contributor work, including activities such as backups, cloning, branching, merging, commits, etc.

Commerce Guys has also launched Platform Enterprise, a high-availability, highly redundant premium version of Platform.sh. For the most demanding Enterprise-level websites, Platform Enterprise enables sites to stay online even if there are physical failures of significant parts of the infrastructure. By utilizing triple redundancy potentially across three separate AWS Availability Zones and running clusters across all of these machines, Platform Enterprise can survive even the most unlikely catastrophic failures without suffering downtime.

Platform.sh will be available on AWS Marketplace.

“We are pleased that Commerce Guys is offering Platform.sh on AWS,” said Brian Matsubara, Head of Global Technology Alliances at Amazon Web Services, Inc. “Platform.sh provides customers and partners with a valuable solution to help grow their businesses. Commerce Guys Platform.sh takes advantage of AWS’ global footprint to provide customers with the performance, security and scaling for high demand and hard-to-predict peak traffic requirements.”

“Platform.sh will change the way web development is done ” said Frédéric Plais, CEO of Commerce Guys. “Platform.sh delivers a simple ‘develop, deploy and deliver’ model that launches seamlessly no matter how much a site needs to scale to meet its unique needs.”

Platform.sh is designed to complement Commerce Guys’ Commerce Marketplace and Commerce Kickstart. Commerce Marketplace provides third-party vendor solutions designed to integrate with Drupal Commerce sites, including sales and tax compliance, site optimization, content translation and more, while Commerce Kickstart makes eCommerce sites faster and easier to adopt, launch and administer.

Attendees at the AWS Summit in Paris and DrupalCon Austin will get a first look at Platform.sh during the conferences on May 13th and June 3rd respectively.

About Commerce Guys 
Commerce Guys is the creator of Drupal Commerce, one of the fastest growing eCommerce solutions with over 38,000 active sites worldwide. Drupal Commerce is a revolutionary software application framework integrating commerce, content and community to create engaging Web experiences that bring e-retailers more traffic to drive more results. Commerce Guys’ technology and expertise provides online merchants with the powerful, responsive and innovative eCommerce solutions they need to thrive.s

Commerce Guys won eight awards in 2013, including the overall Grand Prize and the Gold Prize in the technology category at the E-commerce Paris Awards. The company was also awarded the Gold Prize for best new electronic software solution at the American Business Awards, also known as The Stevies.

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With Platform.sh, Commerce Guys announces Cloud 2.0!

This is the promise of Platform.sh. Based on the Amazon cloud, this PaaS in container should surpass the agility of virtualization.

Commerce Guys, developers of Drupal Commerce, the eCommerce based website management system based on Drupal CMS, prepares to unveil a service cloud platform (PaaS) in a whole new category. Named Platform.sh, this offer, hosted on Amazon Web Services, is distinguished by two innovations.

The first innovation is that the continuous integration infrastructure is based on the Git code repositories management tool, which allows you to clone a site or a web application with the associated software stack (configuration files, database, web server, etc.), in a few seconds.

“It is possible to clone as necessary, which provides a great flexibility for development and testing”, explains Frédéric Plais, co-founder of Commerce Guys. “So by having the ability to create multiple branches, we can for example create a clone of a project in response to an urgent change request, even if an important revision is already in preparation within the main code branch”. Git is there to manage the code in a consistent way, and Platform.sh controls access permissions to any particular part of the project.

The second innovation of Platform.sh is deeper. Beyond the virtualization that makes up the usual flexible PaaS and IaaS offerings, Platform.sh utilizes infrastructure containers and is inspired directly from the open source Docker project. Its logic? Each layer of the site (business logic, database, etc.) can be placed into a container, which can then be deployed on a cluster of instances, with the ability of executing several containers on a single instance! “The infrastructure in the containers represents the second generation of the cloud. It allows a much more granular, adaptive architecture, and an orchestration of service-by-service management”, summarizes Frédéric Plais.

This promises much shorter development times.

For the time being, Platform.sh has been optimized for Drupal, Drupal Commerce and the PHP Symfony framework (which will be incorporated into Drupal 8). But the objective of Commerce Guys is to extend its offer to other tools. For that purpose, the company intends to call on its partners, whom include Capgemini and Smile. The integration of an integrated code editor is, for example, being considered.

“From testing with our partners, we believe that Platform.sh can save 25% in development time,” said Frédéric Plais. Designed in collaboration with the Amazon Web Services (AWS) team, the solution represents 8 to 10 man-years of development. “Over 2013, we put 75% of our investment into R&D “, says the co-founder.

Platform.sh will be officially launched on Tuesday, 13 May, at the AWS Summit 2014 in Paris. The solution will be available in two versions on the Amazon Web Services Marketplace: a basic version and an Enterprise version that is designed for websites requiring triple redundancy. Platform Enterprise will appeal to those who need to host their site in geographically different data centres (or zones of availability) from Amazon.

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