October 19, 2017
CI/CD Stories: Node.js & PHP > DigitalOcean + Fortrabbit + AWS CloudFront by Flow
This week we host the team behind Flow, the awesome project management suite for teams, that uses Buddy to deploy and monitor their marketing site.
The Flow marketing site is a simple Node.js & PHP app that uses DigitalOcean, Fortrabbit & AWS CloudFront for hosting:
Tech used by Getflow
We wanted a tool that could be as simple or robust as we needed it to be. Buddy was easily able to scale from a simple test runner to a full CI suite as needed.
Flow's pipelines are all well-crafted and self-explanatory. The way how they keep it all organized makes it an example of well executed continuous delivery workflow. Just looking at them is a pleasure.
Delivery to Production
Getflow production delivery pipeline
Coming from a Capistrano based deployment, it was great to see we could easily implement something similar with minimal setup with Atomic Deploys. Makes tracking releases and rolling back super easy. .
Delivery to Staging
Getflow stage delivery
Bonus: Uptime monitoring
Flow also uses Buddy to monitor the website for downtime and send a notification in case there's something wrong:
Getflow uptime monitoring pipeline
The Continuous Delivery Experience of Buddy
When asked why they chose Buddy for their project, Flow praised the simplicity of both the application and the onboarding process:
Buddy was super simple to setup. The pre-made actions are great, especially for someone that’s new to the tool. Once we had a clear understanding of the capabilities of Buddy, we were able to fine tune the pipeline to our needs.
The pipeline system is extremely clear. Onboarding a new developer to the system is as easy as walking them through each step of the pipeline. Everything you need is laid out in each step. There are no buried configs or environment variables.
Last but not least, it was our support that was called the #1 feature—something that makes us extremely proud:
Probably the best thing about Buddy has been the support. Using the Intercom widget in the app is great. You guys have been super helpful!.
Looking forward to more new projects, Dan!
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