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A Year in the (Event Store) Cloud

Steph Gill  |  16 June 2022

Event Store Cloud has now been in GA for a whole year. It’s been a year of learning and development, and we’re so excited to see how our customers are making it the foundation of their products and services.

“As we approach the 1 year anniversary of our Cloud offering, I am very gratified to see the strong response from our customers. To me it demonstrates that we've really been able to understand and meet their needs. Our managed cloud offering includes our deep knowledge and best practices without requiring customers to add dedicated staffing or in-depth training.”

 

Chris Condron, CTO at Event Store

It’s been an exciting year for Event Store Cloud; the team working on the platform has grown steadily, increasing the number of customers using the platform by 100%. Let’s look back over the last year to see how Event Store Cloud has changed.

The Launch

Event Store Cloud entered General Access (GA) on 8 June 2021. Over the course of development, the Event Store Cloud team focused on making the platform ‘Production- hardened first’. As customer data is so precious, it was incredibly important to the team that the platform was stable and secure enough from the start to be worthy of our Cloud customers’ data. The feature set included integrations with products such as Slack and OpsGenie, with others like PagerDuty coming later. The Event Store Developer Advocacy team made the Replicator Tool to make the process of moving an existing EventStoreDB over to Event Store Cloud easier. Issue detection for common problems such as disk and memory usage was available from the start, as well as scheduled backups and an external monitoring page. Clearly, the dev team had its hands full with a robust set of features to build to go along with ensuring stability and security.

Since the launch, the Event Store Cloud team has worked on making the platform easier to use and the alerting procedures clearer and more informative for users.

How to Connect to the Cloud

There are so many ways! You can use the API, the Console UI, or the Command Line tool. You can also use Terraform, with a tool created by the Event Store Cloud team. Clusters can be hosted on AWS, GCP, or Azure. You can monitor Event Store Cloud using OpsGenie, PagerDuty, or Slack.

 

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Fast Adoption

Customers are adopting Event Store Cloud at a rapid pace. We’ve doubled the number of customers using the cloud since Event Store Cloud entered GA.

The companies using Event Store Cloud cover a wide range of industries and use cases, including ParcelVision, creators of powerful logistics software who use Event Store Cloud for unimpeachable auditing capabilities. Vispera uses Event Store Cloud in its image recognition and analysis software to improve stock management for grocery businesses around the world. MyMigros, the food delivery company in Switzerland, has upgraded to Event Store Cloud recently. Australian company HiPages helps connect tradesmen with people who need skilled work done on their houses, using Event Store Cloud as an integral part of their system. Event Store Cloud is even part of the gaming space, supporting a product for Atlas Reality.

What customers say

Vispera were one of Event Store Cloud’s early adopters: “We wanted to use Event Store Cloud right away when we were moving to Production. We didn’t want to deploy it ourselves. We didn’t want to manage it or take backups as we didn’t have many people to look after those” said Kaan Can Fidan, the Chief Architect at Vispera. Having EventStoreDB in the Cloud has given them a range of benefits, including being able to deploy new features and use them on old data:  “When we add new functionality to the system we can just… run it from the beginning of time and generate new metrics on past events…". Kaan Can Fidan suggests to anyone thinking of using EventStoreDB to use Event Store Cloud. “It gave us ease of mind… “if you don’t have on-site Site Reliability Engineers or developers, just deploy Event Store Cloud!”

I like going to bed at night knowing that the availability of the Cloud is not my concern, you guys at Event Store have it covered, with your staff that I don’t have to pay or take care of. I like knowing that scalability doesn’t have to be a big concern. I like knowing that the Cloud doesn’t have to be a big concern.”

 

Beau Button, CTO and President at Atlas Reality

Atlas Reality creates and maintains mobile games, including Atlas: Earth and Atlas Empires. Beau Button, CTO at Atlas Reality, says of Event Store Cloud: “I like going to bed at night knowing that the availability of the Cloud is not my concern, you guys at Event Store have it covered, with your staff that I don’t have to pay or take care of. I like knowing that scalability doesn’t have to be a big concern. I like knowing that the Cloud doesn’t have to be a big concern.”

The technology became the centerpiece of our architecture and we never looked back since. Event Store Cloud enabled us to focus on building our product and not managing servers.”

 

Simon Josi, Lead Engineer at MyMigros

MyMigros initially started using EventStoreDB before moving to the Cloud for their eCommerce platform. Simon Josi, their Lead Engineer, said “We did a PoC with EventStoreDB about 18 months ago. The technology became the centerpiece of our architecture and we never looked back since. Event Store Cloud enabled us to focus on building our product and not managing servers.”

The Cloud team at Event Store

The Event Store Cloud team has grown to a strong, international unit working across four different time zones. With team members in Texas, France, The UK, and the Netherlands, Event Store Cloud is constantly being supported and developed. The Engineers work in tandem to onboard new customers and strengthen the internal infrastructure, and the UI team work to keep the interface clean, clear, and easy to use. They all work with the billing department to make sure the process from onboarding to invoicing is smooth, accurate, and efficient.

Moving forward

First and foremost, we plan to make Event Store Cloud more accessible and easier to use for our customers. Great customer experience is a major focus for the Event Store Cloud dev team, so we will be investing a significant amount of time, energy, and effort into making onboarding, use, and scaling as effortless as possible. To ensure faster resolution times for queries, the Event Store Support team has been working closely with the Event Store Cloud teams to make sure they can support Cloud customers with their development and production needs.

Launching Event Store Cloud has been a labor of love for the entire Event Store team. We're grateful for the support and feedback from our customers and are inspired every day in knowing that you have entrusted Event Store with your most valuable non-human asset: your data.

If you’re ready to build the foundation of your Event-Driven journey, contact us here. For customers already using Event Store Cloud, feel free to share with us how we can make the experience even better for you.


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Steph Gill is Event Store's Content Manager, tasked with maintaining the quality and frequency of the content produced by Event Store. She lives in Somerset, UK and spends her spare time gaming and walking across the Mendips.