A very common use case for using a service like Ringcaptcha is to be able to schedule SMS’s or calls. Maybe you want to schedule a text to go out at specific time, or notify all your users about something via SMS every day. Ringcaptcha doesn’t have scheduling built in, but here’s an easy way…

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Sending notifications is key to delivering great service. A growing user base means distributing the effort and shrinking the time it takes to get emails and messages to your users. Sending notifications is a required part of almost any application or service. Whether it’s sending verification emails, texting users, sending out a newsletter, emailing usage…

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Thanks to Ugur Ceylan for the base image! CC BY 2.0 What’s with the Docker community’s love affair with Alpine Linux? Tiny containers mean more compute resources left over for actual… computing! Alpine Linux is particularly tiny. It says so, right on the tin: “Alpine Linux is a security-oriented, lightweight Linux distribution based.” Do you…

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Since releasing our flagship product in early 2011, Iron.io customers have enjoyed tightly coupled hosted solutions with Amazon Web Services (AWS). In addition customers are running Worker on-premise and in their own private clouds.  In the last year, an increasing number of customers have requested support for the Arm architecture both for on-premise deployments and…

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Baking Your Own Pi

It’s 3/14, and that means it’s international Pi day! A day where we rejoice over the transcendental number that seems to be everywhere. So, why am I writing about pi on the Iron.io blog? It turns out pi is the best (read: the absolute best!) way to test out computers. It’s sufficiently random, requires large…

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Exosphere champions best of breed cloud applications. In their own words, “We’ve set out on a mission, a quest if you will, to gather together the best small to medium applications in each class, and try to bolt them together in such a way that combined they form a powerful, user-friendly, complete core small business…

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gauntlt ironworker simple security

Thanks to David Goehring for the base image CC BY 2.0 Secure APIs with a robust ruggedization framework A few months ago Adrian Cockroft gave a keynote at devopsdays Amsterdam. In it, he recommended the use of Gauntlt. It’s a robust ruggedization framework for APIs. In plain English, Guantlt is an easy way to test…

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Thanks to Richard Moross for the base image CC BY 2.0 Overview “Docker, please visit the front desk to receive your complimentary upgrade to first-class seating.“ That’s right, Docker just received a first-class upgrade on Iron.io. A ways back, Travis (our digital frontiers-man of a CTO) announced beta support for Docker. Today, we’re ripping off…

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What do you do when even batch processing can’t save you? Yaron suggests giving the overlord-minion pattern a try. The first step to speed is usually batch processing. All that’s needed there is a server + queue. When the server is ready to work, it grabs a batch of requests from the queue. This works…

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