Five things you should know about Drupal 8 on Platform.sh

If you are thinking about building something on Drupal 8, or maybe you saw the the recent television interview with our CEO Frederic Plais on France’s BFM Business channel, then here is what some of the hype is all about

1. Drupal 8 is coming, and Platform.sh has been ready since 2014

While other PaaS providers are playing catch-up, we’ve been running Drupal 8 successfully since last year, providing Drush 7 support and a Symfony-based CLI for local development. Platform.sh is also multi-technology, so that Drupalists looking to “get off the island” can easily run Drupal and Symfony and very soon Drupal and NodeJS side-by-side.

2. Leading Swiss publisher Suedostschweiz.ch is using Platform.sh and Drupal 8 in production, others are already in the pipeline

Since going live in June, Suedostschweiz.ch has been providing Switzerland with cutting-edge news, radio and TV in the form of a specially developed Drupal 8 portal. Since its launch, the site has taken over 12m hits in a 7 day period, making it one of the largest Drupal 8 sites in the world right now.

And that’s just the beginning. We have several other Drupal 8 sites that are currently in development and we’re working with our partners to deliver many more.

See more on Südostschweiz see the following release:
https://platform.sh/press/2015/05/groundbreaking-drupal-8-news-portal-go...

3. Platform.sh and Fastly (CDN) unleash Drupal 8 tagged caching

News portals and other sites with frequent content updates have been subject to at least one serious constraint up to now; careful scheduling of content updates that requires the entire global cache to be invalidated and re-built. The downside being massive spikes as every request is passed through to your backend webservers. That’s now a thing of the past, as Platform.sh can selectively invalidate both the reverse proxy, and via our own specially developed API, the CDN itself. This is one of the reasons Suedostschweiz.ch selected Platform.sh for its new hosting PaaS.

4. The Drupal Association (DA) is using Platform.sh for Drupal 8 (D8) Usability Testing

The Drupal 8 Usability Testing that was recently conducted in Minneapolis made great use of Platform.sh. This phase of Drupal 8 development is crucial to the success of the new CMS, and benefited greatly from Platform.sh’s unique ability to spin up multiple identical environments - on-demand and within seconds - for testing against many hundreds of different variables. Many of Drupal's leading lights are clearly recognising the value of Platform.sh to their landmark projects.

You can find out more on the D8 usability testing here: https://groups.drupal.org/node/470398

5. Platform.sh Enterprise offers a Drupal 8-ready, triple-redundant architecture that is secure, resilient and effortlessly scalable.

24/7 white glove support and comprehensive documentation round out the offer. With highly credible financial backers (including the recent grant from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program see https://platform.sh/2015/06/european-horizon-2020-grant/ ), we are accelerating our roadmap with a wealth of features that will boost the benefits of Drupal 8 and everything that goes with it.

Interested? Then get in touch at https://platform.sh/contact/
Chief Commercial Offer & General Manager Europe
Posted July 16, 2015

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