MacStadium Blog

Orka Plugins: GitHub, Helm, Tekon and TeamCity

Orka Plugins Rundown: Part 2

February 7, 2020
February 7, 2020

These three plugins are the most recent additions to Orka, and have all been greeted warmly by folks who are using them already. Check out how Orka integrates with your CI pipeline (part 2).

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Orka Plugins Rundown: Part 1

February 7, 2020
January 31, 2020

With Orka’s simple CLI and our growing library of plugins and integrations, ease-of-use is central to our targeted user experience. In short, Orka is a tool for everyone.

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How to Connect Storage for Ephemeral Build Testing

January 28, 2020
January 28, 2020

Leveraging ephemeral builds as part of your CI pipeline greatly improves consistency, scalability, and ease of updating. In this post, learn how to connect your build server to shared storage.

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2019 Mac Pros at MacStadium

January 23, 2020
January 22, 2020

The 2019 Mac Pros have arrived and our benchmarking has started! For this first round of benchmarking, we used NodeJS and Wikipedia’s iOS build. Check out the results we got when the new Pro was put up against its earlier counterparts.


YAML for the People: A Human Readable Primer

January 21, 2020
January 20, 2020

If you haven’t yet heard much about YAML, it – very much like JSON or XML – is just a way of representing structured data. Learn more in this beginner's guide.

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MacStadium Achieves ISO/IEC 27018 Certification for Cloud Privacy

January 14, 2020
December 17, 2019

MacStadium adds ISO 27018 certification, demonstrating the company’s continued commitment to security and privacy

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Automate Your CI With These 3 Powerful Tools in 2020

December 17, 2019
December 16, 2019

Is CI automation on your team's wishlist for 2020? Check out this piece for three must-have tools before getting started.

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There's a New Mac Pro Coming to MacStadium

January 27, 2020
December 10, 2019

Announced earlier this year during WWDC, the new Mac Pro is officially available to order today. As with every new release, MacStadium was first in line to get our hands on the latest and greatest Apple hardware, and can't wait to see how Orka performs on this new Mac.

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Put Your Things Away with MacStadium’s Five Storage Options

December 17, 2019
December 2, 2019

With one or more of our five storage solutions your team will be ready and able to focus on the work at hand. We break them down in this piece.

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Try Orka with a Playground Environment

December 17, 2019
November 18, 2019

Try Orka hands-on! Get access to a free Orka demo environment for a two-hour window -- spin up VMs, explore the Orka CLI, try the Jenkins plugin, and more.

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Best VM Configurations for Your Specific Use Case

December 17, 2019
November 11, 2019

In this piece we highlight a few VM configuration settings that you may be overlooking. To optimize performance, these are things you want to take a look at.

Native vs React Native for iOS

Native vs. React Native for iOS: A Smorgasbord for Thought

December 17, 2019
November 7, 2019

A collection of our favorite resources based on specific use cases to help you make a well informed choice as to which route to take in the creation of your next application.

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Selecting a Scalable CI Pipeline for macOS

December 17, 2019
November 7, 2019

Your company is growing and there are many factors contributing to the need for a more efficient CI infrastructure. Learn how MacStadium can aid in the transition to an infrastructure that can support a product at scale.

Xcode 11

Reports of Xcode 11 building slow: 50% increase in build times?

February 11, 2020
October 8, 2019

We recently had a call with a customer who has been experiencing slow run-times after moving to Xcode 11. Have you experienced similar issues? We want to know!

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Catalina Released... and Live on Orka!

December 19, 2019
October 7, 2019

Catalina was officially released today, and within a matter of hours, the Orka team had made a Catalina ISO available to our customers. We encourage all of our current Orka customers to pull the new ISO and give Catalina a try.

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DevOps World | Jenkins World Talks are LIVE

December 19, 2019
October 3, 2019

The 2019 DevOps World | Jenkins World conference in San Francisco is in the books. While we were there, we hit as many of the talks as we could. In this piece, we take a look back at some of our favorites and give our thoughts and takeaways.

Top 5 Signs it's time to upgrade your Mac CI Build Infrastructure Image

Top 5 Signs It's Time to Upgrade Your Mac CI Build Infrastructure

December 19, 2019
September 23, 2019

Is your homegrown Mac mini build farm keeping pace with your organizational growth? If you're not sure, the MacStadium team has put together the top five signs it's time to make a change for the better.

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All About Orka

December 19, 2019
September 10, 2019

MacStadium has officially released Orka, our new virtualization layer for Mac build infrastructure based on Docker and Kubernetes technology. In this video, the MacStadium team shares why Orka was created, how Orka works, why building on Macs is different than other platforms, and much more.

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Virtualizing Mac Infrastructure at Scale: A Dropbox Case Study at VMworld 2019

December 19, 2019
September 9, 2019

MacStadium had the pleasure of presenting a case study on virtualizing Mac infrastructure at scale with Dropbox during a live session at VMworld 2019.

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Check Out Our New Site-to-Site Networking Docs

December 19, 2019
September 5, 2019

We have recently expanded our Mac private cloud Site-to-Site Networking documentation to include specific setup instructions.

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Homebrew Tests Catalina on Orka

December 19, 2019
August 15, 2019

Participating in the Orka beta program this summer, Homebrew teamed up with MacStadium to test the macOS Catalina beta on Orka to great success.