Developers get a quick and simple way to access a remote application running in Engine Yard Local via the Internet, through a feature called Engine Yard Live. Developers now have more flexibility to accelerate the application development process and focus on innovation and building cloud-based apps. Engine Yard introduced RailsInstaller last year, a tool that has enabled developers in the Windows and OSX communities to simplify and reduce the time it takes to set up a Rails development environment. By reducing the time and financial investments typically required to set up development and testing environments, the combination of RailsInstaller and Engine Yard Local helps developers to focus on building the best products and getting them to market quickly.
Engine Yard Cloud automates the configuration, deployment and ongoing maintenance of your application platform in the cloud. Engine Yard Local leverages Vagrant, a tool for building and distributing virtualized development environments, allowing developers to run an Engine Yard Cloud virtual machine on any system that supports Ruby. Vagrant uses Oracle VirtualBox to build configurable, lightweight and portable virtual machines dynamically. These virtual machines are managed with the Engine Yard Local software, using the same OS, system structure, provisioning and software package tree that every other Engine Yard Cloud instance uses.
Benefits of using Engine Yard Local:
- Simplify your test and development process by running a fast, fully functional Engine Yard VM, wherever you need it
- Improve productivity by deploying locally - without committing to remote repositories or launching instances in the cloud
- Test Chef recipes before deploying to production or staging environments
- Leverage local compute resources for free, during development
- Complements RailsInstaller to provide a complete toolchain for developing Rails apps on your local machine
“Developers have told us they want a more efficient and productive way to develop and test apps. With Engine Yard Local, we have leapfrogged the traditional approach to software development which requires a developer to commit an app to a repository, spin up a new instance and deploy the application,” said Bill Platt, Sr. VP, Operations at Engine Yard. “Developers can now access a fully functional Engine Yard Cloud virtual machine anywhere, allowing them to build and test their apps on a local version of the Engine Yard stack. This makes application development easier, more flexible and faster, so developers can focus on building great apps.”
Engine Yard is backed by Benchmark Capital, New Enterprise Associates, Oracle, and Amazon.com.