Magento Go: To the Cloud!
What is Magento Stratus? According to the FAQ:
Updated 4/14/2011: Magento Stratus is now Magento Go
A follow up from my questions below answered by Magento staff: Magento Go is a fully-managed service running on a private cloud we’ve built for security & performance. Therefore, we handle all the management. And since its not on Rackspace’s standard cloud, there are no management APIs to expose – only ones from the Magento Go Platform.
Project Stratus is Magento’s next-generation on-demand eCommerce platform. At its core, Stratus is an online version of our award-winning eCommerce platform. Everything you already know and love about the Magento platform is available with this hosted service. Stratus creates more choice for merchants to select the product and platform that best fits their needs. Stratus will empower merchants and developers to customize, modify, extend and integrate a hosted store as if it were their own code running on their own servers … an unprecedented capability in the market today.
It appears both Magento and Rackspace have teamed up to create Magento Stratus. From what I have gathered and speculation it is Magento running on Rackspace cloud services with some integration with the Rackspace cloud API. This site is currently running on Rackspace’s cloud and I have used them in the past for a semi-large social network that served up lots of Videos and Photos. Overall it has come a long way from being “Mosso” with lots of applications and others using it.
Some of the advantages to these that I see are:
- One single Core that will be maintained by Magento themselves. No one else will be able to touch it.
- Upgrades to the Core will be done by Magento or Rackspace to the single Core all stores will share.
- Easier PCI Compliance, and maintenance to stay compliant.
- Ability to increase server hardware capabilities on the fly to handle surges of traffic to stores via Rackspace’s cloud API.
- Rackspace’s Support services.
- Ability to push Media to CDN’s (Content Delivery Networks).
- Cheap bandwidth/hardware.
One question that begs to be answered the most is; How extensible will the code be?
Will 3rd party modules have to be approved to run in the cloud first? Will I be able to extend any part of Magento as if I was hosting the source and database myself? Will there be access to SSH and/or the DB if needed to make a change such as updating PEAR or issuing a SQL Query? Will we have access to use Rackspace’s Cloud API in code if we wish?
I have put in my invite and have received requests back from Magento about it, however they are looking for actual Store owners to go onto the stratus cloud as “Beta” users. Being that I’m just an developer, I haven’t gotten a chance to play with it. If anyone is looking, let me know and we can see what could be worked out.
More details and request an invite:
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