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What Makes RebelMouse Secure, Stable, Redundant, and High Performing

Why massive enterprise organizations are switching to RebelMouse.

Delivering a secure, high-performing environment with extreme reliability is essential to all of our clients at RebelMouse. We only use industry-leading, reliable approaches to host our infrastructure. This ensures maximum stability and security for all our clients' data. Here are just some of the tools and practices we leverage to maintain a hard-bodied product that's flexible, too.


Four Mantras of the RebelMouse Environment

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

We use modern and reliable approaches to host our infrastructure for maximal stability. This means we host our infrastructure in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud because AWS is the most trusted, secure, and reliable IaaS in the world. We have great relationships with the folks at AWS and utilize the best of their services.

All of our production services are covered with AWS Auto Scaling groups, which means we can sleep at night without worrying that something may go wrong. Our services are self-healing 24/7 as well. And even our stateful services, like databases, are covered with reliable automatic failover and backup solutions.

Scalability and Performance

It's a crucial part of our work to make our application and all the related services we utilize scalable. All of our application services are stateless and covered by AWS Auto Scaling groups, and we monitor our services' performance and capacity on all levels. We use Nagios, AWS CloudWatch, New Relic, and Kibana to provide clear and accurate information about our performance. All of these tools are important as our clients grow on our platform.

Speed

RebelMouse leverages the most advanced content delivery and caching technologies on the market. All of our public endpoints are covered with custom content delivery network (CDN) configurations to provide maximum speed for end users across the globe.

Infrastructure as Code (IaC) Ensures Quality

Ansible is our primary orchestration tool. Ansible stepped into the market quite some time ago, and has been hugely popular ever since. We ensure that our code used for orchestration is of the highest quality, giving us the ability to move quickly and safely.

If something goes wrong, we don't panic. Our team of Rebels, which straddle almost every time zone, investigate and solve issues as fast as possible. Sentry and New Relic track any errors that occur to help provide as much visibility into every code issue, making it possible to resolve every issue quickly and mitigate any potential consequences.

Be Supported

2018 has been a turbulent year for both platforms and publishers. The ups and downs have been a good opportunity for publishers to rethink how they plan to nurture their audiences and generate new revenue. A lot of publishers may think uncertainty in the digital space means it's time to double down on in-house developers to create a site experience that stands out against the noise. But it's actually the opposite: It's time to invest in an external team that creates and manages tech for you, so you can instead focus on creating content that resonates with new and existing audiences.

Our infrastructure summary may come across as Greek to you, but that's all right. Let's create something together that isn't just powered by next-level strategies, but also innovative and stable technology. Your content will be both protected and optimized for long-term growth. Request a proposal today and let's start working together.

How to Find Work-Life Balance as a Remote Employee

Tips from our CEO on making the most of an office-free lifestyle

Working from home is becoming increasingly popular, with an estimated 66% of companies now allowing remote work and 16% operating completely office-free. RebelMouse is one of those fully remote companies, and over the years we've mastered how to stay close to each other despite being spread across more than a dozen countries. We believe working remotely is good for both our personal lives and our productivity. Read more about this here.

Still, working free from the shackles of an office environment doesn't mean every day is a dance party in your pajamas from 9 to 5. Working from home comes with its own set of challenges just like any other job.

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Inside RebelMouse’s Quality Assurance Operations

How We've Perfected Stress-Free Publishing

At RebelMouse, we like to refer to our enterprise publishing platform as "lean tech." Most publishers have a natural inclination to start doubling down on teams of developers who try to build unique experiences to help stand out above the noise. But they should actually be doing the opposite: Lean tech is the preferred way to cut through content saturation. By allowing RebelMouse to obsess over your product, content producers, editors, managers, and everyone in between can focus on creating quality content and taking advantage of opportunities to leverage distributive publishing strategies that create real revenue growth.

One of the major reasons we're able to maintain a lean tech environment is thanks to our approach to quality assurance (QA). We make updates to our platform daily to ensure our clients always have access to the most robust, high-performing, and secure version of our platform. Behind the scenes, this means having a solid QA structure that's efficient, creates less bugs, and catches the ones that do pop up before they go live. It's a system of checks and balances that's hard and costly to replicate on a custom CMS. Here's a glimpse into how it works.

Our Tech Stack Toolbox

  • Cucumber
  • Java
  • Junit
  • Maven
  • Selenium WebDriver
  • TeamCity
  • Zalenium (Selenium Grid)

Our Checks and Balances Workflow

Automated Regression Testing Cycle

The Lifecycle of a Product Update

When an update is first made to RebelMouse, TeamCity immediately triggers the start of automated tests to review integrity.

TeamCity Build

TeamCity Agent

The tests run in parallel on TeamCity's Build Agent. Next, Zalenium creates docker containers with browsers that matches the count of parallel threads. An Allure report is then generated from the test results, which shows the state of the application after the update.

Allure Report Pass

If a test doesn't complete successfully, the testing framework receives a video with a failed test and attaches it to the Allure report.

Allure Report Issue

Based on the report analysis, a QA specialist will create a "bug" ticket in our product management software to address the issue if needed. Then, information about the bug is immediately sent to the project manager and we begin the process of correcting the problem.

The media powerhouses we power can publish with confidence knowing that any product issues that arise are met with a tried-and-true process to fix the problem with little-to-no disturbance to their workflow. If you have any questions about this process, please email support@rebelmouse.com.

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