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Whether you’re developing apps in a Silicon Valley unicorn or building the next XaaS platform, we’ve got solutions that fit your needs and a bunch of great customers are already taking advantage of MacStadium's cloud solutions.

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Jamf Nation User Conference: Going Virtual with Orka

With Jamf looking to virtually replicate the community, knowledge sharing, and hands-on experiences that in-person attendees had come to know and love, they needed to find a way to make the interactive labs happen without the ability to physically hand out the hardware.

Jamf turned to the Mac cloud experts at MacStadium to create code and processes in the short 11-week period leading up to the virtual conference.

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When one size doesn’t fit all: Homebrew on Orka

Homebrew is a free and open-source software package manager that simplifies the installation of software on Apple’s macOS operating system and Linux. Before the move to Orka, Homebrew ran VMs manually with ESXi and VMware Linked Clones. However, every year, as Homebrew grew, more build time was needed to build and test packages. A single image rebuild, some testing jobs, or a pull request could take over 24 hours of build time at near 100% CPU utilization. Concerned that CI-as-a-service tools would not be customizable or scalable enough to meet their growing demands, the Homebrew team was excited to try MacStadium’s new virtualization platform, Orka. 

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Virtualizing Mac infrastructure at scale

Dropbox is a leading global collaboration platform that’s building the world’s first smart workspace. Dropbox was running a single VMware vCenter with hundreds of Mac hosts, organized into multiple clusters. The Dropbox team used the clusters to isolate work and control how many resources each workload could use. While their CI pipeline worked very well, Dropbox started running into problems as they increasingly added more hosts to their cluster. The struggles associated with growing an in-house build farm, and the expertise that it requires, led Dropbox to MacStadium. By integrating a MacStadium cloud with their existing vCenter environment, Dropbox was able to better distribute their development workload, eliminate system crashes, and scale their infrastructure more quickly and easily.

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Capital OneCapital One

Speed and security are high priorities at Capital One

An internal development team at Capital One realized it wasn't sustainable to try and manage bare metal machines in-house, and using a private cloud with virtualization would provide a consistent environment where developers could get their test results quickly and ensure stable code before shipping to customers. In addition, as a global financial services company, security is a significant concern to Capital One. The Capital One team operates in an isolated environment that they ultimately control which gives them the opportunity to connect to other trusted development environments under their control. Learn more about how Capital One is using their MacStadium private cloud environment during this panel discussion from VMworld 2018.

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Keeping pace with new iOS releases

Pandora is a music discovery platform that delivers billions of hours of personalized music to listeners around the world. In February 2017, Pandora’s macOS infrastructure consisted of aging Mac minis and Mac Pros inside their own data centers. Without macOS tech ops expertise in-house, it was cumbersome for the Pandora team to host and maintain Apple infrastructure. To solve this problem, Pandora implemented a MacStadium private cloud. In this case study, read how Pandora was able to nearly double overall developer productivity by performing CI builds and tests on a MacStadium cloud built on genuine Apple hardware.

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Blazing fast continuous integration at Box

Enterprise content management platform, Box, uses a dedicated private cloud built on genuine Mac hardware to speed up their CI pipeline. Using MacStadium infrastructure that combines Apple computers, VMware virtualization, and Pure Storage, Box was able to reduce the time it took to clone a virtual machine from 20-30 minutes down to about 10 seconds. This was important as Box wanted one-time-use VMs to ensure a clean environment for every build, for every developer. With VMware, the Box team is able to parallelize their functional tests and get results quickly, while having other VMs run Xcode builds as fast as possible. To learn more about how the Box team improved CI performance using MacStadium, watch this recent panel discussion at VMworld 2018.

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Scaling iOS CI at Shopify

Shopify has a growing number of software developers working on mobile apps, and as a result, their demand for a scalable and stable build system increased. Shopify developers need to build and test code in a reliable way, as often as they want.

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Dynamic mobile CI system

Shopify is a key player in the ecommerce business with hundreds of thousands of customer stores and over 10 years of experience in online shopping. Their mobile developers enable over 130,000 merchants to create online selling platforms and be successful strictly from smartphones. Learn how Shopify built a dynamic mobile CI solution powered by a MacStadium Mac private cloud solution to achieve that success.

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AppDynamics and Orka: Cool in a crisis

Powered by Cisco, AppDynamics is a market leader in application performance management (APM) and AIOps, helping their customers manage complex, multi-cloud environments. The AppDynamics iOS build and release team was working on self-hosted Mac minis, but they often experienced network instability and power outages, and builds would alter the machine state and max-out disk space. The team decided to move from on-premise bare metal to an ephemeral macOS build environment using Orka virtualization. In this case study, read how AppDynamics achieved completely ephemeral builds and no more infrastructure-related broken builds and disk space issues, which resulted in reducing their build times up to 20%.

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Better Build Times for iOS and Android

iFood has reinvented the universe of food delivery, making it easier and more practical for our everyday lives. The leader in food delivery in Brazil, iFood, has created an innovative system to help customers access takeout and delivery services in their cities. iFood allows users to easily order food from menus that are updated in real-time with accurate prices, descriptions, and exclusive promotions, all without any extra fees.

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How Nubank cut build times with MacStadium

Nubank is a rapidly growing FinTech company changing online banking for over 5 million customers in Latin America and around the world. Nubank knows that a great iOS app is critical to serving their customers and has invested in building a solid mobile development team and supporting them with a team of dedicated DevOps engineers. As their CI needs grew, so did the time required to manage their environment. At least one day a month, if not more, had to be devoted to “fixing the iOS builds.” Manually managing their builds with no virtualization was not only time consuming but also prone to breaking. With 13 developers working on application development, concurrency was an enormous issue. In this case study, read how Nubank found success with a MacStadium private cloud.

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Travis CI

Travis CI runs tests and deploys apps so you can focus on coding

Continuous integration is at the forefront of the agile software development movement. Travis CI is one of the best examples of a company succeeding in the continuous integration space with a variety of free and paid, open and closed source platforms for users of all sizes. MacStadium worked with Travis CI to launch a scalable private cloud for their OS X and iOS build jobs on dedicated Mac hardware. Learn how Travis CI halved boot times for iOS and OS X builds through their case study and during a recent panel discussion at VMworld 2018.

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Day One

Day One, Jenkins and MacStadium

A Mac App Store "App of the Year," Day One is a journaling app for the iPhone, iPad and Mac that allows users to record life as they live it. From once-in-a-lifetime events to everyday moments, Day One’s elegant interface makes journaling your life a simple pleasure. Day One and MacStadium have a long history together... all the way back to the Macminicolo days. In this case study, Day One describes how they got started with Jenkins running on Mac minis to streamline their CI pipeline.

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I always recommend MacStadium as an option for my clients who need hosting in the cloud. So far, 100% of my clients who choose MacStadium have been happy with their choice!

Deepali (Alexandria, VA)

After purchase, my system was up and running very quickly. I logged a support ticket six months later that was replied and resolved within 10 minutes.

James (Hawkhurst , KEN)

Trying out @MacStadium for dedicated hosting. The prices are so much better than anyone else doing dedicated Mac hosting.

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LOVING IT! Super easy to get everything started. Support has been super helpful. Rarely do I sign up with a new service and like it as much... or bother doing something like filling out a customer satisfaction survey.

Christopher (Montara , CA)

Just recreated the admin group on OS X. Not too bad considering the server is in a different state.

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I submitted a support ticket to upgrade my subscription by adding a USB drive, it was resolved within minutes! If this is the type of customer service you guys provide, I'll definitely be recommending your service! Incredible!

Craig (Porterville , CA)

Works great for our builds, I tend to forget about it, developer is able to VNC in as needed to tweak things when necessary.

Robert (San Diego , CA)

As a DevOps engineer,​ when I need a remote hands ticket, I know that the people I'm talking to understand my request and that is incredibly valuable to me. Considering most vendors I talk to don't understand their product until you reach a Tier 4398 engineer, it's incredibly comforting. Thanks for being you guys!

Jared (New York , NY)

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