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Today marks a special day in the evolution of ZEIT and our serverless deployment product offering.
With Now 0.20.0 we are introducing the fastest and simplest solution to deploy, build and scale containers in the cloud. If your directory contains a
Dockerfile, just type
now to deploy it.
$ npm install -g now
Then, create a new directory with the following
FROM kstaken/apache2 LABEL name "my-docker-deployment" RUN apt-get update && apt-get install -y php5 libapache2-mod-php5 php5-mysql php5-cli && apt-get clean && rm -rf /var/lib/apt/lists/* COPY index.php /var/www EXPOSE 80 CMD ["/usr/sbin/apache2", "-D", "FOREGROUND"]
…and the following
index.php. Yes, the elephant in the cloud, PHP!
<?php phpinfo(); ?>
Then just run
now each time you want to deploy:
Your unique, immutable and instant deployment.
Each change to index.php or the Dockerfile will give you a new URL.
Dockerfile support represents a significant departure from traditional virtualization solution offered by mainstream cloud providers.
The biggest departure is immediately obvious to the user. The entire deployment consisted of a single command. You spend no time with complicated, slow and proprietary (locked-in) workflows.
The underlying reason this process is so fast and simple is that you spend no time at all worrying about local tooling, images, registries and caches.
As a consequence of that, we're freeing you from the limitations of your local environment and network. The build process belongs in the cloud.
To illustrate this point, pulling, extracting and building the container above took me 3 minutes on a cutting-edge Macbook. Pushing the resulting 200mb image from an office connection in San Francisco, California to Google® Cloud took another 3 minutes.
In the equivalent amount of time, I would be able to push and build the same image to Now 18 times. Time that's not spent building is spent on iterating on your product and sharing it with the world.
Over the next few months we'll be rolling out significant enhancements to deepen this vision. While your laptop is constrained by a fixed number of cores, memory, CPU time and bandwidth, the cloud can give you an exponential advantage to you and your business.
A few weeks later we introduced our API, to give you the freedom to customize your deployment strategy to suit your business and organization.
Then we gave you now-serve, to deploy static websites and files with just one command.
HTML and CSS are the universal format for information distribution. Static hosting makes up a very large percentage of internet's traffic. Tools like Jekyll have become extremely popular among developers, by compiling metadata to very simple files.
Dockerfile support, you can now deploy backends written in any programming language, build or configuration variation, even of Node.js itself (like enterprise distributions).
Over the coming weeks and months, we will continue to invest heavily in these three pillars, with a focus on scale, performance improvements and team workflows (like our private and enterprise npm integration).
As of today, Now is the universal compiler for the cloud. Thanks for helping us build it.