Posts written by Ziad Sawalha
Early last year, a project code-named Checkmate was created by Rackers to make it easy for them to deploy complex cloud configurations, such as scalable WordPress with Cloud Servers, Cloud Databases and a Cloud Load Balancer, with one-click for our customers. The goal of the project was to provide a way for Rackers to share and collaborate on these best practices using common collaboration tools like GitHub.
Rackers across the company have a lot of experience running real-world applications in the cloud. We wanted to take this knowledge and not only crowd-source that information into best-practice "blueprints," but also expose that information publically, enabling customers to easily deploy a configuration built on these best practices. We knew that it would be a win-win: customers would have access this expertise without having search for it on the web, and Rackers would get to contribute their knowledge to a broader audience of customers.
Checkmate now powers a new feature we are exposing for preview in the Cloud Control Panel today called Rackspace Deployment Services.