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Showcase: The Q Arena

The Q Arena is the Quicken Loans arena in Cleveland, the home of the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA team.


What technologies do you utilize?
We use WordPress as our primary Content Management System for our site. We are big fans of WordPress and the wide assortment of helpful plugins the entire WordPress community continues to develop. We also use Amazon’s Relational Database (RDS) and Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (S3) to complement what we have hosted on PHPFog.

How has PHP Fog worked out for you?
We feel we were lucky to find PHPFog at the absolute most critical time. We were going down the path of moving our site to Amazon’s Elastic Cloud (EC2) platform when we realized that we would need to take on the burden of managing our own servers in terms of security, patches and troubleshooting. Our staff specializes more on the web side so we really needed a solution where we could start up our servers and put them on cruise control without worrying about the maintenance. PHPFog has allowed us to do just that.

What’s the best part of PHP Fog?
The best part for us is the simple interface. It has taken many of Amazon’s great, but somewhat complicated features and made them easy enough for a non-technical person to use them.

What would you like to see improved in PHP Fog?
I would like to see a feature that will allow WordPress updates to trigger Git to record them as changed files so remote and local file systems can stay synchronized. I would also love to see a mobile app that will let me manage my clouds / apps easily from a mobile device. Finally, auto-scaling based on preset rules would be an amazing enhancement.

About the Team
Jeff Lillibridge is the Director of Web Services for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena. He leads up the Web Team that is responsible for overseeing all team and company websites as well as social media initiatives.

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