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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
MacStadium had the pleasure of presenting a case study on virtualizing Mac infrastructure at scale with Dropbox during a live session at VMworld 2019.
We have recently expanded our Mac private cloud Site-to-Site Networking documentation to include specific setup instructions.
Participating in the Orka beta program this summer, Homebrew teamed up with MacStadium to test the macOS Catalina beta on Orka to great success.
For the fourth year in a row, MacStadium appears on the Inc. 5000 list with three-year revenue growth of 310 percent
Released today, Orka (Orchestration with Kubernetes on Apple) is our new virtualization layer for Mac build infrastructure based on Docker and Kubernetes technology.
We're excited to announce our latest patent for rack mounting Mac Pros. This raises our patent portfolio to five issued patents dating back to 2016.
We've set out to discover best practices when virtualizing with vSphere and Jenkins when paired with MacStadium. Read what we consider to be the best way to produce ephemeral VMs.
CI/CD, regardless of the OS associated with it, is generally the same at a high level. However, there are some distinctions in the world of Mac CI/CD including Mac-specific tools and best practices.
In the latest in a series of helpful posts for new MacStadium adopters, get tips for using HashiCorp's Terraform with each of MacStadium's virtualization platforms.
MacStadium recently hosted a panel on CI best practices at AltConf. It was an interesting discussion as the companies participating in the panel represent very different development teams and CI practices.
In a series of blog posts, we will provide some pointers and a few examples for new MacStadium adopters to use as a guide. Let's start with Ansible...
Apple highlighted Catalyst’s new features and increased functionality at WWDC. When mass adoption hits, there will need to be some changes to Mac-related CI workflows.
Mobile DevOps has unique challenges especially when building for the Apple platform. In this post, we will cover the process of self-managed iOS builds and benefits of using ephemeral builds.
This has been a busy week at MacStadium. So much so that we put together a “Week in Review." Read on for all the great stuff that happened just in the first week of June alone.
WWDC is almost here. It seems that more and more events are planned in and around San Jose for this annual Apple event. As usual, MacStadium will have a big presence in San Jose and this year we have a whale of an announcement to make as well. Come and see us!
Provisioning your Mac cloud virtual machines for macOS and iOS CI just got easier. MacStadium engineers have put together some example Ansible scripts for provisioning your CI build environment.
We are excited to announce our new documentation website. Visit docs.macstadium.com for quick start guides, answers to your most frequently asked questions, best practices for different use cases, code examples, and much more!
To demonstrate our commitment to security, we are excited to announce that we have added SOC 3 compliance to our list of security certifications.
So, what happens when the world starts upgrading Mac minis to the shiny new 2018 model? That old mini isn't dead yet! We've put together a list of ideas to repurpose your old mini and give it new life.
The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) announced MacStadium as one of its Top 40 Innovative Technology Companies in Georgia.
Without users for the platforms we build, even the most groundbreaking applications can quickly turn into shelfware. Humans, of course, can be unpredictable and demanding but—love or hate them—they’re the reason we build platforms in the first place.
Capital One announced a $35 million, five-year revolving line of credit for MacStadium. The company is using the revolver to fund the purchase of new equipment and fuel additional growth.
We've been hard at work making sure that the new Mac mini meets the same high expectations we have for all of our Mac infrastructure. We know you have questions about the status of the new mini, so we’re assembled this quick FAQ.
We’re excited to announce our new Slack channel! We created the MacStadium Community channel for open discussion about best practices, innovation, and collaboration.
We're excited to be number 182 on the 2018 Technology Deloitte Fast 500. This is the third year MacStadium been recognized by Deloitte on their list of the fastest growing tech companies in North America.
While we've been using and testing it for a while, we now officially support vSphere 6.7, which includes support for Apple File System (APFS) and macOS Mojave. Check out this guide to help you navigate the upgrade process.
"I'm Mac mini aficionado and MacStadium VP Brian Stucki, and today is the most mini day of my life." Let me share 24 hours in Brooklyn and some of the things that led up to that day. I also have some thoughts on the new Mac mini.
Get up and running with your MacStadium VMware private cloud quickly and easily with our VMware Private Cloud Quick Start Guide.
MacStadium now offers the ability for customers to enable two-factor authentication when logging into the portal, providing an additional layer of security when accessing your customer environment.
While macOS Mojave is primarily a consumer focused release, there are also lots of performance and stability improvements that will make MacStadium customers happy. Find out what you need to know about upgrading here.
MacStadium recently hosted a well-attended panel discussion on Virtualizing macOS at Scale for iOS DevOps with some of our top customers at VMworld in Las Vegas. Read on for highlights, a video, a transcript, and more.
MacStadium was pleased to attend VMworld as a “New Innovator” last week, where we surprised even the most experienced VMware users – their employees – with our success at running VMware Enterprise on Macs.
As projects grow, build times can become problematic. However, there are several tweaks you can make to Xcode that can decrease the amount of time it takes for builds to complete without any extra work.
Addition of Virtual Command's Atlanta-based key personnel and intellectual property will fuel MacStadium's growth in cloud deployment.
VMware recently announced potential new impacts of the L1 Termination Fault Vulnerability. Read on to make sure you're covered.
Foreshadow is causing IT and DevOps professionals headaches this week as they apply a slew of patches meant to mitigate any potential impacts.
For the third time, MacStadium appears on the Inc. 5000 list with three-year revenue growth of 536 percent
We have decided to retire our base 2012 i5 Mac mini from our lineup. Existing customers can keep using them, but we'll steer new customers toward the i7 line.
Apple's recent earnings and $1T valuation only mean an increase in iOS and macOS app production and their corresponding CI efforts.
We've launched a new Knowledge Base! Read articles, follow tutorials, and have your frequently asked questions answered here.
Check out the results of the iOS developer survey we conducted at this year’s WWDC and AltConf.
Anka is a powerful and easy-to-use virtualization engine for continuous integration on macOS, and it provides an alternative to our traditional VMware private clouds.
Coming soon! Harness the power of the iMac Pro in a private cloud from MacStadium. See a preview from WWDC...
MacStadium was included on ACG Atlanta's "Georgia Fast 40," an award that recognizes the fastest growing middle-market companies in Georgia.
WWDC is fast approaching. If you’re planning to visit San Jose, you’ll want to be sure your time is filled with both work and fun. Even if you weren’t able to get a ticket to WWDC itself, there is still plenty to do.
Join a gathering of DevOps leaders and Jenkins users for a full-day event to discuss the latest advancements in continuous delivery best practices and automation.
MacStadium has been selected as a "2018 TiE50 Winner" for TiE Silicon Valley's premier annual awards program recognizing the world's most innovative tech startups.
We're excited to announce that MacStadium is a winner of the Atlanta Business Chronicle's Pacesetter Award, honoring Atlanta's fastest-growing private companies.
Independent audit verifies that MacStadium meets the global standard for information security best practices and risk management.
We’re excited to announce that we have a new-and-improved website today! The new website features a refreshed design and improved functionality that will enhance user experience across the site.
When you say to yourself, "I'd love to try a Mac server but I just don't know what I'd do with it," take a look at this list. It's a mix of Mac apps, open source projects, and iOS tools.
The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) announced MacStadium as one of its Top 40 Innovative Technology Companies in Georgia.
Meltdown, affecting Intel processors, and Spectre, affecting Intel, AMD and ARM processors, are security flaws that could give applications access to protected kernel memory data.
As 2017 comes to a close, we want to take a moment to share with you what has been happening at MacStadium this year. This has been a busy year for us!
Around summertime we got the first couple of teasers showing just how incredibly powerful the new iMac Pro was going to be and now we know that these iMac Pros are the most powerful Macs Apple has ever released to date.
How are the security concerns around CI/CD different from those of other workloads? With CI/CD, the speed and number of changes occurring can lead to higher exposure to vulnerabilities.
MacStadium is number 125 on Deloitte’s 2017 Technology Fast 500™, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecom, life sciences and energy tech companies.
It’s been three years since the current Mac mini was released on Oct 16, 2014. Four hundred million humans have been born since that day and have never known a new Mac mini.
We have listened to your feedback on our current subscriber dashboard and we are excited to announce the all-new MacStadium Customer Portal.
Text replacement snippets are a useful tool that can be used on macOS and iOS. You create shortcut text that, when typed, expands to something longer.
High Sierra is almost among us. Here are a few things you should consider as you decide to upgrade to macOS 10.13.
MacStadium has been selected to present at Venture Atlanta 2017, the Southeast’s premier event for connecting technology innovation and investment capital.
Here we are one year (and a lot of change) later, and we’re even more excited to be on the list a second time.
There is a new terminal server option for Mac. It is called NuoRDS. It is simple to install, has a number of options and is quite well developed.
The venerable Panic Inc announced Transmit 5 today, and update to a very popular file transfer app that just gets better and better.
From time to time our customers will post about their experience with us. We love to read these posts.
This week at Apple's WWDC, John Gruber of Daring Fireball hosted his sixth annual "The Talk Show Live" and we were happy to help sponsor it.
Monitoring network performance of hosted servers is essential to managing the capabilities of the software running on your Mac servers at MacStadium.
From time to time, our customers will post about their experience with us. We love to read these posts.
As the Mac mini became Apple’s most popular server, we started to phase out the Xserve hosting. These machines were six times the size and way more power hungry than the Mac mini so they weren’t as profitable for us.
A month after experiencing Dublin Tech Summit, we're taking another trip to Europe. This time our team will be in London for Cloud Expo Europe 2017 March 15 - 16.
As iOS becomes more powerful, and screens get larger and larger, many people are traveling with just an iPhone or iPad.
For our first big event of 2017, MacStadium is heading to Dublin, Ireland for the inaugural Dublin Tech Summit.
What if you could use Apple's iCloud to store a local copy of your code and have it available on any of your Apple devices as well? This is certainly possible.
Over the last year, MacStadium has seen tremendous growth by offering Mac servers for development and continuous integration.
We are now staging Mac Pros for instant activation. We keep our most popular configurations ready to go so you can sign up and get started right away.
In case your transaction is flagged by our system, quickly get up and running at MacStadium.
Today, we're releasing a new dedicated Help portal with built-in search for our customers and others new to Mac hosting.
Behind-the-scenes details and talk about what it means to be the first enterprise-class, growth-friendly Mac hosting provider in EMEA.
From time to time, MacStadium will offer special promotions and coupon codes for new customers to sign up and try our service.
Bjango is a well respected and long time developer for great Mac and iOS apps. They have released new apps that will help you monitor your remote servers from your Mac or iOS devices.
We have a lot of customers who use their Mac mini as a VPN server. This works great when you need an IP address in the US, or a secure internet connection on the road.
While there are many brave souls who updated to macOS 10.12 Sierra immediately, we're sure many of you were waiting for the all clear.
The “New Mac Candle” is a hand-poured soy wax candle that is supposed to mimic the new Mac smell. We ordered one right away so we could put it to the test with our expert sniffers.
This update brings all sorts of upgrades and features, but there is one particular that is quite useful if you are running a Mac server to host your mail, notes, calendars and other features in macOS Server.
This tutorial will introduce you to Apple’s very own MDM solution, called Profile Manager. Profile Manager provides an impressive feature set, is easy to use, rather stable and — above all — very affordable.
Resilio Sync is a power application that lets you run your own file syncing server. It has many of the powerful features found in Dropbox, but it runs on your own hardware.
In an effort to better serve customers around the world, we’re happy to announce that you can now host Mac minis and Mac Pros in multiple locations around the globe.
A few customers have asked about this now that we’re provisioning more Mac servers with ESXi 6.0 U2. Rather than have you wait for a support ticket, you can take care of it yourself with the following guide.
Thanks to one of our customers, we recently discovered an issue with the VMware ESXi host client that has the potential to affect many MacStadium users.
2016 is already full of excitement for our team at MacStadium. Read on for the highlights about our growth, new funding, and acquisition of Macminicolo.
The base of every subscription at MacStadium is the hosting plan. All of our services are offered on a monthly basis so you'll pay for that hosting plan every single month you have an active subscription.
"Why do I have constant issues connecting to my colocated Mac running OS X?" This question doesn't come up often, but it’s worth sharing the most likely answer and how to fix the issue permanently.
Let’s look at how time zones came about, how technology handles time zones, and ways to avoid time zone issues in software development and infrastructure management.
In this article, we'll go over the basic components of a Mac server and the purpose each component plays in making the server work. With this knowledge, the hardware can help you create the next app of the year.
This post is part of our beginner's guide to hosting, Mac servers, and virtualization. Follow along on Twitter or with RSS. Your team has released a brand new app and it’s flooded with new users.
In early 2016, VMware began including the embedded HTML5 host client for managing ESXi in version 6.0 U2 from your web browser. It’s a great solution for users getting started with a dedicated Mac.
Check out our case study and see how Rabbit grew on a Mac mini solution and migrated to blade infrastructure without issue thanks to our dedicated engineering team and network infrastructure.
Whether you’re just testing the waters with a free trial or setting up your first server for development and testing, below you’ll find some tips for taking advantage of the service right from day one.
In this article, we'll look back at our most popular content on the MacStadium Blog and Youtube channel from 2011 up to now.
Many MacStadium customers take advantage of the fast internet connection and strong performance of one or more Mac mini’s to outsource CI and CD build server duties.
When Apple talks, consumers listen. That's the message we hear so often these days. When Apple talks, the tech world listens.
Science is difficult. Developing a strict testing system for a science experiment that is repeatable in other lab environments is even harder.
With the software industry moving forward rapidly and trends shifting, a delay in product release can be disastrous for a company.
Travis CI is one of the best examples of a company succeeding in the continuous integration space with a variety of free and paid, open and closed source platforms.
The 2015 MacIT Conference had 500+ attendees and we were excited to be a gold sponsor. We're excited to be back in Atlanta, after the MacIT Conference, but we're sad to see it's over.
In less than one weeks’ time, we'll be heading to Santa Clara, California for the MacIT Conference. We're proud to be a Gold-level sponsor of this enterprise Apple-specific event.
A couple days ago, Apple released its latest round of Mac mini hardware to the world. Today, we show you a complete step by step how-to tear-down the 2014 Mac mini from the outside-in.
"It's been way too long." That’s the cryptic message Apple sent out a few weeks ago as a teaser to its big announcement made today.
Did you know you can easily change your remote desktop resolution to a variety of choices which will best suit your requirements? From 800x600 to 1080p and beyond, we have solutions that will enable them all!
The majority of our enterprise customers (and all customers using Mac private cloud environments) take advantage of one of the Cisco Firewall options that we offer here at MacStadium.
If you ever had any unanswered questions about what we do, and how we do it here at MacStadium, this article will likely fill in the gaps.
The case for shutting down your Amazon EC2 VPS instances and moving them to dedicated infrastructure is now more palpable than ever!
Often times subscribers wonder if Hosting Elite (Gigabit) connectivity is ‘really’ full Gigabit, and is it ‘really’ 10x faster than our Hosting Pro 100Mbps package… The answer is YES!
Utilizing a hosted Mac at MacStadium to run Plex media server is a great solution! Plex organizes video, music and photos from personal media libraries and streams them to smart TVs, streaming boxes and mobile devices.
Several weeks ago, we have obtained a working patch which corrects this condition for 10.9.x and 10.10.x. It is our understanding that this patch will eventually be incorporated into a future version of OS X 10.10.x Mavericks.
Configuring a hosted Mac server at MacStadium to run a dedicated OwnCloud private cloud storage solution is a great solution for businesses of any size!
Great news from Apple today! OS X 10.9 aka 'Mavericks' is now available on the App store for FREE as a single step upgrade for all Mac mini server hardware 2009 and beyond!