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GitHub and Lighthouse Tap Private Cluster from Engine Yard

Popular Ruby on Rails Applications Choose Engine Yard as Exclusive Hosting Partner, Engine Yard Customers Receive Complimentary GitHub and Lighthouse Service Plans

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (April 29, 2008) – Engine Yard, provider of the leading Ruby and Rails deployment platform, today announced it is sponsoring the newly launched GitHub service, a distributed version control system, and the popular Lighthouse bug tracking application.

By hosting both GitHub and Lighthouse on Engine Yard’s scalable platform, Ruby and Rails developers can be confident that their source code and ticket tracking remain highly available and secure. Engine Yard is donating a private cluster as a part of its ongoing efforts to support open source communities and nurture open source projects. Engine Yard itself uses both services in developing its own open source projects Merb and Rubinius.

As part of the partnership, Engine Yard will provide their customers with a free Bronze bug tracking plan from Lighthouse ( and a free medium-sized Git repository hosting account (

“I've used many other rails hosting services before so I know that the level of support Engine Yard provides is far superior to other companies,” said Rick Olson, Lighthouse developer and a Rails core committer. “Engine Yard solves all the dirty back-end server issues that we don’t have the time or interest to handle.”

"There would be no GitHub without Engine Yard," said GitHub Co-Founder Chris Wanstrath. "Our site is Unix-based and very sysadmin-dependent. Engine Yard's dedicated engineers are experts at solving all the problems associated with Unix. If I had to have my small team resolve these issues, GitHub would never have launched this year."

Launched earlier this month, GitHub already hosts repositories for nearly 5,000 open source projects. Approximately 300 new ones are added every day and hundreds of paying customers use the service. Several well-known Ruby and Rails-related open source projects are using GitHub, including Ruby on Rails itself, RSpec, Prototype, HAML, Capistrano, DataMapper, Engine Yard's Merb and Rubinius projects and more. Lighthouse has more than 8,000 accounts and nearly 17,000 daily visitors.

Engine Yard's private GitHub/Lighthouse cluster includes 24 CPUs, 48 hard disks and 96 gigabytes of RAM, ensuring that these services can scale as much as necessary.

"Engine Yard is committed to making these two production Rails-based services mission-critical. Bug tracking and version control are essential and used daily with software development. Since our open source projects, Merb and Rubinius, depend on GitHub and Lighthouse, Engine Yard knows just how critical uptime is to developers," said Ezra Zygmuntowicz, an Engine Yard founder and lead architect.

About Engine Yard

Engine Yard provides the platform and expert support for deploying Ruby and Rails applications quickly and easily, giving customers the peace of mind and stability needed for building sites and applications on demand. Engine Yard has a track record of hiring expert talent and fostering open source innovation, including stewardship of the Rubinius and Merb projects. Headquartered in San Francisco, Calif., Engine Yard was founded in 2006 and is backed by Benchmark Capital. Visit


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