Cloud PaaS Breaks Away from Founding Firm Commerce Guys

Add Your Comments, a cloud hosting platform created by Drupal hosting and ecommerce provider Commerce Guys, announced on Tuesday that it is now an independent company, building on “explosive growth” since it started 18 months ago, including signing on clients like Vivienne Westwood, the Canadian Football League, and German startup Flixbus.

According to a blog post by CEO Fred Plais, the move “will allow for both products ( and Drupal Commerce) to accelerate their development with renewed focus.”

Led by Plais and Damien Tournoud, CTO, uses micro-containers to run each system component, and works with any PHP application. The company offers enterprise-grade Drupal, Symfony and custom PHP hosting.

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“Immediately after showing to our agency partners and clients for the first time, we received consistent feedback that we should widen our technology stack spectrum beyond Drupal,” Plais said. “Therefore, we decided to cover other PHP applications as a starting point, including Symfony, Magento and WordPress as well as supporting bespoke PHP applications. And we are continuing to enlarge the scope of our offering at a rapid pace (Node.js was the latest announcement we made).” CTO Touroud said that the main difference between its platform and others is that it hosts apps in a way that supports multiple branches.

“Essentially you are going to be able to start with your application deployed in an environment and you’re going to be able to very, very quickly take a full copy of this environment,” Touroud said in a video explaining’s continous deployment hosting.

The remaining Commerce Guys’ Drupal Commerce business has been acquired by Ryan Szrama, Commerce Guys co-founder, who will succeed Plais as president and “lead it to refocus on the development and support of Drupal Commerce and its community.” It will also use a new operating model where it delivers full Drupal Commerce projects through exclusive regional affiliates; Actualys of Paris, France, and Acro Media, of Kelowna, B.C., Canada have signed on as launch partners.

Actualys has acquired Commerce Guys’ France-based services team and clients as Commerce Guys France while Acro Media has acquired Commerce Guys’ US-based services team and clients. Commerce Guys’ plans to engage additional affiliates in strategic territories throughout 2016.

According to Szrama, his co-maintainers Bojan Živanović and Matt Glaman will continue to lead its software development and consulting programs, with an aim to achieve a Commerce 2.x release candidate by DrupalCon New Orleans. The company will also offer more strategic consulting and support to companies implementing Drupal Commerce.

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