AegirVPS: A New Drupal Hosting Solution
Koumbit has been building services based on the Aegir Hosting System, in one way or another, since the project's inception. So it's with great pride (and a little relief) that we happily announce the public availability of our latest. Our AegirVPS services provide managed, dedicated virtual servers with Aegir fully installed, monitored, maintained and supported.
Aegir is the only fully free and open source distributed provisioning system for Drupal. It allows you to manage anywhere from a few sites for a single organization, to thousands of sites across as many concurrent instances of Drupal, on as many servers, and for as many clients as you need. Since it's all built on Drupal and Drush, it can be customized and extended using all the tools our community is already familiar with. We at Koumbit are fully committed to keeping software free (as in freedom), so not only have we been building a great service, we've been making sure to build it on an entirely open source software stack.
Koumbit first engaged in the Aegir project from its very beginning, over 4 years ago, as active users, developers and maintainers. Since then, we've come to run all of our Drupal development and hosting on Aegir, maintaining and contributing regularly both to the core project, as well as a number of extensions to, among other things:
Eventually, some larger clients warranted having dedicated Aegir servers setup for their own teams of developers, with custom platforms, high performance caching and high availability clusters. This led us to develop Debian packages and Puppet modules to make their maintenance and support more consistent, reliable, secure and all around easier.
From there, the natural evolution was to continue this trend of automation, giving clients control of Puppet-based configuration management, adding a helpdesk, dedicated client support tools, documentation, and automated platform maintenance. Almost one year later, Koumbit's AegirVPS services are now fully online and prepared for broader release.
To do real justice to the features and other aspects of our AegirVPS services, we've begun publishing a new series of articles. These are intended to be part tutorial, part requests for comment, and all shameless plugs for our new AegirVPSs. The first of these covers our innovative configuration deployment mechanism.
In a similar vein, I'll be presenting a session at DrupalCon Munich in August: Aegir-based Business Models. I'll also present a second session, Fearless development with Drush, Vagrant and Aegir, where I'll discuss some new tools and techniques designed to optimize Drupal development workflows around Aegir.
Most importantly though, this service begins and ends with the people involved. Our team comprises seasoned and talented sysadmins, designers, developers, themers, support and accounting staff. Years of experience on the part of this whole team, as well as our intrepid early-adopter clients, have helped shape the Aegir Project as a whole, from reporting and fixing bugs, to suggesting, building, testing and refining features. I'm very proud to be a part of it.
Want more information? Interested in a demo? Contact us today!