In our last Magento blog post, we provided insights into getting the most out of the world’s most popular open source ecommerce platform, regardless of where you run it.
In this post, we’ll explore why so many of our e-commerce customers are upgrading to Magento 2 Enterprise, and share Rackspace’s legacy as a premier Magento hosting solutions provider.
Why Upgrade from Magento 1 to Magento 2?
Magento is expected to stop supporting merchants using Magento 1.x platforms at some point after November 2018. The biggest drawback for 1.x users will be no more security updates, which can leave you open to security breaches and malicious attacks. It also means no more feature updates. Cessation of support provides a prime opportunity for merchants to start planning their Magento 2 rollout. Take a look at some of the big improvements in Magento 2:
- Better performance and user experience: Magento 2 is based on a more modernized technology stack. One in four online buyers want a faster process. With 50 percent faster page load times and the ability to handle 117 percent more orders per hour than its predecessor, Magento 2 is optimized for speed.
- Better extension marketplace: Magento 1 extensions were known for being difficult to troubleshoot. Each Magento 2 extension goes through rigorous quality checks before it is made available to merchants. This helps to reduce troubleshooting time and delivers more stable code.
- More complete ecommerce platform: Includes new social integration, shipping and B2B capabilities featuring business intelligence tools to provide more control to merchants, more secure payment gateways, safer data storage practices and a more streamlined checkout process.
- Supported by Rackspace: We’re already helping customers make the move: “Rackspace has been instrumental in partnering with Wagento for a variety of mission-critical clients to ensure that we are able to answer and help with any items related to moving from M1 to M2,” said Brent W. Peterson, Magento Architect at Wagento Creative. “Rackspace has been especially valuable in supporting us in our deployment process.”
The Rackspace and Magento legacy
When Magento announced its own hosting services last year, a basic truth about this powerful platform was highlighted: it’s a nuanced application, which makes it challenging to host. Most companies would rather stick with their core competency than staff up and manage Magento internally. While Magento’s news means companies have another hosting provider option, Rackspace still dominates the space with our deep expertise, award-winning Fanatical Support and broad Magento partner eco-system.
Because of our respective commitments to the open source community, Rackspace and Magento have always been a natural fit. As part of that commitment, Rackspace will continue to support Magento 1 Enterprise and Community offerings, as well as Magento 2 across our solutions portfolio.
With more than 1,000 deployments to date, we host more managed Magento Enterprise sites than any other provider. Our team of Magento-certified architects take the guesswork out of designing and optimizing Magento solutions for customers, and no other vendor provides our specialized expertise and 24x7x365, results-obsessed Fanatical Support.
We’re not just tooting our own horn. Magento gave Rackspace its Hosting Partner Spirit of Excellence Award in recognition of the role our Fanatical Support plays delivering a powerful joint cloud and ecommerce platform. This partnership ensures our customers can focus on driving their core business, while Rackspace focuses on a flexible, managed cloud ecommerce environment.
Sara Kenton, director of digital for YETI Coolers, said that after choosing an ecommerce platform, the company’s next major decisions was choosing a hosting provider.
“We chose Rackspace because of its relationship with Magento,” Kenton explained. “Every ecommerce platform has its own idiosyncrasies, so having a hosting provider who is aware of those and knows how to make a configuration work is really important. We didn’t want to be the first ones to make Magento work with a hosting provider who’d never done it before.”
The Magento ecosystem is constantly evolving, and with new innovations regularly announced, boosting the already highly performant Magento site, those options are more abundant than ever. But at Rackspace, we’ve seen, and strongly believe, that support plus service will remain king —and no one understands how to host the Magento application the way we do.
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