Was your company considering other platforms? Why this platform?
We looked at Amazon Web Services solutions and self-hosting, but because of the way MageCloud works, it made finding a solution easy to do. Also, because it has a skinning engine, we were able to rapidly test a lot of configurations very quickly as well as make everything completely decentralized. Instead of us having to spend time on a reset environment, we could deliver the whole thing solely from using MageCloud technology.
What type of client is an ideal candidate for MageCloud? Who should possibly avoid MageCloud?
Typically, big development firms maintain their own stacks and have a hosting provider. I’d say medium businesses would get the biggest benefit from using MageCloud for their staging environments to see all the changes before they actually go live. Also, because it has all kinds of plugins and such, it makes sense for them to use it as well. It seems very easy to use as opposed to most other tools we’ve tried.
What cost factors should clients keep in mind when considering this tool?
It’s important for people to understand that they’re using a cloud-based host. They also need to be open to pay extra for hosting costs or if they get a significant spurt in traffic. At the same time, they need to be able to monitor it and make sure it’s protected. It’s usually a case of building up your expertise, which MageCloud allows you to do very easily.