Pantheon Forks The Data Center

12:07:22 - 11 July 2013

Software-Defined Technology Lets Teams Instantly Provision Unlimited Website Development Environments in the Cloud

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pantheon, the all-in-one Drupal platform, today announced the launch of Multidev, which cuts website management costs by letting teams instantly provision unlimited development environments in the cloud. Multidev does for a company’s website what software-defined data centers do for its infrastructure. Each member of a team can fork the entire stack of services that power a site on demand, developing in tandem on a single platform. As a result, large websites launch faster and cost less to manage over time.

Based on Pantheon’s multi-tenant containerized architecture, Multidev spins up in seconds, with no need for additional infrastructure or virtual servers. For managers, that means freedom from bugs introduced by outdated databases or platform fragmentation, and from hearing, “It worked on my machine” from their team.

For developers, the process is easy. A team member hits ‘fork’ to provision a complete cloud development environment in seconds. What used to require a separate rack of hardware, now happens in seconds via software. Whether developing, testing or handing off a stable copy of the site for review, there’s no risk of overwriting or losing data. Multidev supports feature-branching, per-developer sandboxes, dedicated quality assurance environments and more.

“With Multidev we’ve eliminated the big reasons behind website launch delays,” said Zack Rosen, CEO and co-founder of Pantheon. “Multidev delivers on the promise of a software-defined data center for website development. It gives users the ability to spin up an entire new web stack including database, caching and version control for every developer on demand. Now even extensive and complex sites can hit their launch targets.”

According to a Pantheon survey of more than 1,200 professional developers and project managers at marketing and digital agencies, 59 percent of new sites miss their launch date. Often these delays are caused by fragmented processes that arise when teams collaborate on the same website. By allowing each team member to fork a complete copy of the site, including all the infrastructure to run it in the cloud, Multidev solves this problem.

“The costs of missed launch dates are enormous, from stretched budgets to missed go to market opportunities,” said Josh Koenig, evangelist and Pantheon co-founder. “Multidev streamlines modern web development, eliminating risks and closing gaps so developers can deliver and CMOs can win.”

Pantheon supports the leading open-source CMS for enterprises, Drupal, which is backed by a global community of over 900,000 users and website developers. Pantheon's all-in-one cloud-based Drupal platform represents a significant advancement in website infrastructure, easing the burden of managing a high-performance website and reducing traditional costs and bottlenecks around system administration and hosting.

Earlier this year, Pantheon launched their Enterprise Edition, which delivers on the cloud's promise of smooth scaling by allowing sites to grow from a developer sandbox to millions of unique live visitors by scaling in software.

About Pantheon

The largest single Drupal infrastructure in the world, Pantheon serves up hundreds of millions of requests every day for thousands of customers, many with millions of visitors (or more) a month. All of this is delivered via a multi-tenant platform, allowing for unprecedented efficiency, flexibility and economies of scale. Follow us on Twitter @pantheon_drupal and like us on Facebook for the latest news.


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