In Imagine conference 2016, Magento rolled out Magento Enterprise Cloud Edition, its first cloud-based service, that lets retailers’ access software hosted on the web instead of licensing the software and operating it from their own data centers.

Before we get into the details of Magento Enterprise cloud, it is important to understand ‘cloud’.

Cloud Computing

In the simplest terms, cloud computing means storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of your computer’s hard drive.

Cloud-computing providers offer their “services” according to different models…

  • Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)
  • Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)
  • Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) 

Software as a service (SaaS): Cloud-based applications—or software as a service—run on distant computers “in the cloud” that are owned and operated by others and that connect to users’ computers via the Internet and, usually, a web browser.

Platform as a service (PaaS): Platform as a service provides a cloud-based environment with everything required to support the complete lifecycle of building and delivering web-based (cloud) applications—without the cost and complexity of buying and managing the underlying hardware, software, provisioning, and hosting.

Infrastructure as a service (IaaS):  Infrastructure as a service provides companies with computing resources including servers, networking, storage, and data center space on a pay-per-use basis.

In general, a cloud-computing environment has the following common features…

  • Elastic resources—Scale up or down quickly and easily to meet demand
  • Metered service so you only pay for what you use
  • Self service—All the IT resources you need with self-service access

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Magento Enterprise Cloud

Magento Enterprise Cloud Edition is a platform-as-a-service offering that runs on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and is built to power innovative eCommerce experiences with the rapid deployment of fully customizable, secure and scalable Web storefronts, combined with a leading hosting and managed services infrastructure.

Designed to support Magento Enterprise digital commerce software, Magento Enterprise Cloud Edition takes advantage of the architecture and functionality enhancements provided by versions 2.0.5 onward.

What it offers?

  • Magento EE 2.0.5 codebase
  • Single tenancy architecture
  • Works with all M2 Marketplace extensions
  • Access to source code
  • No limitations on customizability
  • Quarterly release schedule

Magento Cloud Architecture

Magento Cloud Architecture

How Do Merchants Benefit?

Forrester Research says 26% of the IT decision-makers surveyed in 2015 had already implemented or planned to implement public cloud, up from 18% in 2014.

At present Magento Merchants, download the e-commerce platform software and host it on servers and data centers they manage, own or lease. Magento Enterprise Cloud will greatly reduce the deployment and management costs for merchants.

From the technical perspective, at the core of Magento Enterprise Cloud Edition lie an innovative PaaS that enables merchants and their system integration partners to adopt continuous delivery practices by providing best-in-class DevOps, release management and cloud management tools that make deploying, testing, promoting and operating multiple environments rapid, easy and manageable.

From the business perspective, moving to Magento Enterprise Cloud will improve business performance, reduce costs, deploy new features faster, improve alignment with customers and partners, easily scale to meet unexpected demand etc.

Magento has partnered with best-of-breed solutions Platform.sh, New Relic, Fastly and Blackfire.io in developing its cloud offering.

According to Gartner, “By 2018, model-driven, high-productivity PaaS will be the dominant technology platform for transforming into an adaptive and responsive digital business.”

Merchants are excited about this new model and are looking forward to more business and technical details to explore further.

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