Date: May 2010
Presenter(s): Miguel Jacq, Antoine Beaupré
This session will illustrate the use of the Aegir hosting system to simplify the life of developers and administrators, by automating a lot of the common tasks involved in deploying sites.
Aegir is a distributed provisioning system for Drupal that allows you to manage thousands of sites across as many concurrent instances of Drupal on as many servers as you need. It's built on Drupal itself, so that your user interface to the system becomes a 'meta-drupal' site, with nodes representing all of your hosted sites and all of the components of your hosting environment.
If you have built your own custom niche application using Drupal, and need to be able to roll out new sites quickly and efficiently, as well ask keeping them up to date, this presentation is definitely for you.
If you have more than a handful of sites, and feel your hair stand on end every time a security release is announced, this presentation is for you.
Even if you only have a few sites, and would like to be able to spend less time on the tedious manual tasks associated with running a Drupal site over it's entire lifetime, you will still find something of use in this presentation.
If you've looked at Aegir in the past, and would like to get a sense of the progress made by the project (two major releases since Drupalcon DC), this presentation is a good way to get a grasp on where we are heading.
For more information on Aegir, check out the Aegir user group and keep up to date with the Aegir posts on developmentseed.org.
In Norse mythology, Aegir was the god of the oceans and if a Drupal site is a drop of water, Aegir is the deity of large bodies of water.