October 4th, 2011

Apostrophe Scales: Part II

Tom Boutell
Chief Software Architect

Were you longing to hear the words "and one more thing" at the end of Apple's iPhone 4S press conference? Of course you were (even though the 4S is pretty darn amazing, honestly). So here's "one more thing:" serious scalability in Apostrophe, our open source content management system.

What is "serious scalability?" Good question. There are already Apostrophe sites that deliver over 500,000 pageviews per month with little difficulty. But there comes a point where you want to go beyond the limitations of a single beefy server. Or store a lot... a LOT a lot... of media files. And this is where our new scaling features come in.

Today we released changes allowing Apostrophe sites to be load-balanced effectively and providing support for Amazon S3 cloud storage of media and asset files. That's a big performance, capacity and reliability boost across the board. And those changes are open source, because we believe in expanding the Apostrophe pie and growing the open community of developers around it.

So for those of you who hold yourselves back from devouring all the sweet Apostrophe goodness only by asking yourself the question "but does it SCALE?" six times a second: time to dine on our new scalability how-to guide. Strictly for those who actually need to worry about more than 500,000 page views per month, of course.

But for those of you who don't live for PHP and sort your socks using an MVC framework, I know this "one more thing" is still a bit abstract (unless you're looking to have a professional-grade website built for you by the best shop in the east, that is). You need something friendlier that does the heavy lifting for you. And for you, there's another "one more thing" coming. But that announcement will have to wait just a little bit longer (*). If you're eager to get in on it early, you can sign up here.

(*) Definitely not as long as the iPhone 5.


Tom Boutell
Chief Software Architect