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MacStadium Sees 3x Increase in Utilization as Developers Work From Home

March 15, 2021
May 8, 2020

While the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many of us are finding new ways to collaborate online with our coworkers. At MacStadium, we've noticed a huge increase in utilization.

Mac mini on desk

Four Ways To Keep Your minis Working While You’re Working From Home

June 21, 2021
May 1, 2020

With work from home being the new normal, we discuss the different ways you can make use of the Mac mini sitting on a remote desk.

Custom built Mac mini Rack

Q&A From Digging Deeper into 2018 Mac minis

June 21, 2021
April 30, 2020

If you missed our recent 2018 Mac mini webinar, you missed a jam-packed session led by Kevin Beebe, MacStadium’s VP of Product Management. We’ve got a ton of follow-up Q&A and resources for you.

Connecting to a Mac VM with VNC

Orka Overview Part 3: Remote Desktop Login for Mac VMs

March 15, 2021
April 20, 2020

Developers need remote access to their VMs and while SSH is great, sometimes you need a GUI. Orka provides VNC and ScreenShare ports out-of-the-box. Here's a quick guide.

Choosing between static and ephemeral build agents

Ephemeral vs Static Build Agents for iOS CI

March 15, 2021
April 15, 2020

Dive into the costs and benefits when choosing between ephemeral and static build agents. Learn the key differences and why you may want to choose one method over the other.

Digging Deeper into 2018 Mac minis at MacStadium

March 15, 2021
April 14, 2020

The 2018 Mac mini advanced performance and power. MacStadium re-engineered our racks for heat management, networking, scalability, and more. See how.

Photo of 2018 Mac minis in server rack at MacStadium

Access a Remote Mac Desktop from Your iPad

March 15, 2021
April 9, 2020

Recently, Brian Stucki demonstrated how to access a remote Mac mini on iPadOS 13.4. It was so cool, we wanted to share it with you here. Check it out!

Screenshots and logos of open-source iOS libraries

5 Outrageously Popular Open-Source iOS Libraries

March 15, 2021
April 3, 2020

Reusable code that follows industry standards is important for delivering projects quickly and maintaining a code base with multiple collaborators. We’ve put together this list of popular open-source libraries for iOS.

Kubernetes and Docker logos

Getting Started with Docker & Kubernetes on Mac

March 15, 2021
April 2, 2020

MacStadium's Orka brings modern, orchestration and containerization solutions Kubernetes and Docker to Mac-specific CI. Now, teams that focus on dev for iOS and macOS have access to this powerful tech.

Deploy macOS VMs with Orka

Orka Overview Part 2: Deploying Mac Virtual Machines

March 15, 2021
March 31, 2020

Manipulating virtual machines has become a core skill for DevOps engineers. Orka allows for automated management of macOS VMs with simple commands.

Swift language for iOS logo

2 New Xcode 11.4 Features for Swift that We Love

March 15, 2021
March 27, 2020

Xcode’s latest release, 11.4 Beta 3, has brought advancements across the board. Here’s our rundown of the two new features we love and think could benefit you the most.

Deploy your VM, Explore your VM and Setup Automation

Making the Most of Your Orka Demo

March 15, 2021
March 26, 2020

The Orka demo gives you two hours of playtime to experience the power of Orka. Here's how to get the most out of your demo environment.

Mac VMs scaled with Orka virtualization

Orka Overview Part 1: Storing macOS Images with Orka

March 15, 2021
March 23, 2020

In Orka, macOS image management is amazingly simple because the architecture enforces best practices for network-based storage. Learn more about how it works.

Mac minis

Let Us Know How We Can Help During COVID-19

March 15, 2021
March 17, 2020

In the upcoming weeks, as our teams become increasingly remote, let us know how we can help bridge the gap. We can provide you with the ability to manage your Mac infrastructure without having anyone in the office.

MacStadium global data centers

Coronavirus Business Continuity at MacStadium

March 15, 2021
March 13, 2020

MacStadium has a robust business continuity strategy to ensure the continuation of critical services to our customers across the globe. Read updates about our COVID-19 policies here.

Orka node list outputs Mac Pro node resource utilization

5 Key Features in Orka's CLI for iOS and macOS Virtualization

March 15, 2021
March 6, 2020

It’s always a treat when you can do more with less code. And Orka’s CLI fits this bill. Orka is a powerful macOS virtualization tool that performs complex tasks with short, simple commands.

Orka Plugins: GitHub, Helm, Tekon and TeamCity

Orka Plugins Rundown: Part 2

March 15, 2021
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).

Orka logo with Jenkins, Gitlab and BuildKite logos

Orka Plugins Rundown: Part 1

March 15, 2021
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.

MacStadium high-performance storage rack

How to Connect Storage for Ephemeral Build Testing

March 15, 2021
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.

2019 Mac Pro Rack

2019 Mac Pros at MacStadium

March 15, 2021
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

March 15, 2021
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.