In the five or so months since we released the Varnish Plus Cloud product, currently available on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure - and coming soon on the Google Cloud Platform - we have had a number of inquiries from customers all over the world asking: What’s the difference between Varnish Plus and Varnish Plus Cloud? Moreover, why should customers choose Varnish Plus Cloud - what benefits does it offer? What makes up a Varnish Plus Cloud subscription, and what does Varnish Software provide as a part of the Cloud instance?
The last few days, hours and minutes tick by before Black Friday and similar days, all designed to drum up feverish consumer fervor for festive holiday bargains. Most e-commerce sites enforce a code freeze leading up to these all-important days, hoping to prevent outages and other unforeseen headaches. (Assuming that the biggest retailers follow this practice, it seems it’s not a foolproof strategy.)
Black Friday (and the newer but nevertheless popular Cyber Monday) has come and gone for another year - but not without significant hiccups for some unlucky - and possibly unprepared - retailers. Site-busting deals and multi-channel, round-the-clock promotion of these bargains drives more and more shoppers to beat the crowds and shop online. But, as many a dissatisfied shopper complained across social media channels, what is the point of offering exceptional deals that no one can take advantage of?
Cloud options make for more convenient and affordable solutions, particularly for small-to-medium businesses that cannot or do not want to invest in and maintain the hardware needed.