Magento Enterprise Cloud Edition: What You Need to Know
At Magento’s customer event Imagine 2016, company representatives made several announcements about new product releases. One of those new releases is the Enterprise Cloud Edition. This offering will be available to users of Magento Enterprise Edition 2.1. Read on to learn what you should know about Magento’s Enterprise Cloud Edition and how it can help your e-commerce site.
The Rise of PaaS
Until the release of Magento Enterprise Cloud Edition, online retailers had two choices. They could rely upon the SaaS model, in which they rented computing power from a data centre. While the total cost of ownership was low, merchants were constrained by the limitations of the data centre.
The other option was to DIY. Merchants would use an e-commerce platform, build their own site, manage third-party integrations, hosting, security, scalability, and other issues. The DIY model offered greater freedom and guaranteed complete ownership. However, the total cost was higher and handling everything on your own created headaches for vendors.
Magento Enterprise Cloud Edition is a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) environment for the Magento 2.0 digital commerce platform. PaaS is a cloud computing model that delivers applications over the Internet. The cloud provider delivers hardware and software tools to users on its own infrastructure. PaaS users don’t need to install in-house hardware or software to develop or run new apps.
Does SaaS offer any benefits that PaaS doesn’t? The answer to that question is “no.”
PaaS provides users with elastic scalability, high resilience and availability, PCI compliance, global availability, and automated patching. Merchants and their integration partners can adopt continuous delivery practices with DevOps, release management, and cloud management tools.
As a result, deploying, testing, promoting, and operating multiple environments is faster, easier, and more manageable.
Magento and Amazon Web Services: A PaaS Partnership
Magento Enterprise Cloud runs on Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS is known for being a reliable, scalable, and low cost option. For Magento, AWS was a logical choice. Thirty percent of its users already host on AWS.
AWS removes the hassle of hosting in multiple countries and managing load capacity. Moreover, Magento users can utilize more dynamic deployment processes. Merchants will spend less time worrying that their sites can’t handle the demand and more time making their shopping experience better for customers.
Other Magento Partners
In addition to AWS, Magento chose four other strategic partners to deliver the Enterprise Cloud Edition. They are Platform.sh, New Relic, Blackfire.io, and Fastly.
Platform.sh is a cloud hosting solution. Users can create, test, and merge development environments quickly while keeping infrastructure in isolation so the rest of their systems won’t be affected.
New Relic is an application monitoring software. Users can assess everything from server infrastructure to browser performance and simulate traffic loads to test performance.
Blackfire.io monitors PHP code performance. It helps users identify bottlenecks quickly. And Fastly is a content delivery network that diagnoses problems and quickly fixes performance issues. It inspects site traffic, mitigates DDoS attacks, and keeps data safe.