Our monthly update day is coming up. On this day, scheduled updates for the operating system and the software used are applied. An overview of the scheduled software updates can be viewed for each cluster in the Application Center.
Varnish 7.1 and 7.2
Varnish is available in version 7.1 and 7.2 in the Application Center for customers running Ubuntu 18.04 and newer. For more information regarding Varnish, feel free to read our blog post.
Management of Node.js
In our Application Center, the common LTS versions are now preinstalled on Ubuntu clusters and can be managed there. Upgrading or downgrading a Node.js version is also possible there.
The Manager Center also shows you the process overview of all running Node.js.
On April 21 of this year, the latest LTS version of Ubuntu was released. We have optimized our e-commerce stack for Ubuntu 22.04 and adapted our Application Center to provide clusters with the new operating system.
Redis version support
All Redis 6 and 7 minor versions are supported in the Application Center.
Varnish is available in version 7.0 in the Application Center for customers running Ubuntu 18.04 and newer. For more information regarding Varnish, feel free to read our blog post.
With our new partner portal, you have an overview of your partner status, commissions and customers at all times. In addition, your partner agreements as well as marketing and sales materials are available for download there.
We host the Community Edition of Akeneo in versions 4, 5 and 6. If you have any questions about this topic, please read our FAQ post.
With ShopPerformance you have the One-Click ability to check your online shop. If there are still some opportunities to speed it up, we give you some advice to do it quick by yourself. You will find the new feature in your Application Center from July 4th, 2022.
Welcome to maxcluster
The Managed Center, which is part of the Application Center, has been set up specifically to support our English-speaking customers. Please note that so far only the most important services we offer have been translated.
Support for OpenSearch 1.3
The latest version, 1.3, of OpenSearch is now available in the Managed Center.
Support for OpenSearch 1.2
With OpenSearch 1.2, another open-source search and analysis suite will be available in our Managed Center from March 8th, 2022. This is compatible with the new Magento version 2.4.4, among others. Please see our FAQ page for more information.
We now support four more major versions of Elasticsearch in our Managed Center to guarantee you the highest possible compatibility with your e-commerce software versions. Versions 2,5,6 and 7 are now available for selection.
TLS 1.3 for Ubuntu 18.04 and 20.04
On all clusters running Ubuntu 20.04, TLS 1.3 support is now available for NGINX, Apache 2, and VarnishSSL. On clusters running Ubuntu 18.04, TLS 1.3 is supported for NGINX and VarnishSSL.
Debian 8 Fork for "Cluster Control”
Our command line tool "Cluster Control" is now available in a version for clusters under Debian 8 and in another version for clusters under Ubuntu 18.04, 20.04 and newer. The reason for this change is that Debian 8 is currently only compatible with the older PHP version 7.2, while Ubuntu 18.04 and newer already support more recent PHP versions.
For security reasons, we recommend that our customers protect their account in the Managed Center with 2-factor authentication. If this was activated, it was previously only possible to have a lost secret reset by a maxcluster employee. To make this process more convenient, we have developed alternative restore methods. You can find detailed step-by-step instructions and further information on our FAQ page.
On all Ubuntu clusters, the PHP 8.1 version can be activated in the Managed Center. A comprehensive overview of the relevant innovations and compatibility with existing applications will be provided in our current blog article as of 11/30/2021.
Customers have the option of specifying alternative name servers directly when ordering the domain. Taking the domain with them also ensures that existing DNS configurations are not overwritten.
With the "Supervisor" feature that we offer for Ubuntu clusters, services such as Scheduled Task Runner, Queue Worker or Consumer can now be checked and monitored centrally in our Managed Center. This way, one or more servers can be operated and all services used on them can be managed centrally.
Personal Access Token for Cluster Control
As a user of Cluster Control, in addition to the API Key, you can now also use the Personal Access Token to log in to Cluster Control.
ShopSecurity: improved reports
We have improved our automatic ShopSecurity reports once again: The link for the action instruction now points to the server on which the report was created. This gives CWC users in particular a better overview.
Return Path for Sendmail
As a user of the Managed Center, an individual return path for sendmail configurations can now be set for the VHost. This means that changes can now be made conveniently in self-service.
Convenient HTTPS forwarding
To make the forwarding via HTTPS more comfortable for our customers, we have added another tab to NGINX and Apache, where you can not only enter the URL, but also the corresponding SSL certificate. Alternatively, a free Let's Encrypt certificate can be activated with just one click.
"Symfony" application template
We have made the selection process even more convenient for customers using NGINX and running a "Symfony" application. There is now the option to simply select "Symfony" in the pull-down menu in the Managed Center in the "Application" /"NGINX" area and run it on the cluster.
Default composer selectable
To make it easier for customers to work with package management tools, we now offer them the option in the Managed Center both to select the version required by the application and to set a Composer version as the default. At the same time, the version currently in use is displayed.
Managed Center Update
On April 1, we released a major update to our cluster and customer management software "Managed Center". On our FAQ page we have summarized all relevant information about the changes. You can also find more details about the adjustments on these pages: Managed Center Roles and conversion of the invoice.
On all Ubuntu clusters, the current version PHP 8.0 can be activated in the Managed Center. A comprehensive overview of the relevant new features and compatibility with existing applications is provided in our blog article PHP 8.0 - Is the update worth it?.
Bei Bedarf kann ein Upgrade auf MySQL 8 durch unseren Service durchgeführt werden. Das Upgrade ist für Ubuntu 18.04 und 20.04 Cluster möglich und kann direkt im Managed Center angefordert werden. Neben der Einführung von Window Funktionen und Common Table Expressions wurden auch die JSON-Funktionen in MySQL 8 erweitert. Durch unsere best practice Konfiguration sind die Datenbank-Instanzen stets performant und hochverfügbar.
Plus addressing for managed email
Our Managed E-Mail Hosting now supports the so-called "Plus-Addressing". Here, a suffix can be added to the username of the email address by means of a plus sign in order to use different email addresses for different applications or newsletters with one mailbox. All e-mails sent to "firstname.lastname@example.org" will be delivered to the mailbox "email@example.com".
Existing Elasticsearch instances can now be updated directly via the Managed Center. Here, it is also possible to switch to the next major version. In addition, the current versions are deployed much faster on Ubuntu clusters.
ShopSecurity - Automatic Report
Our ShopSecurity security feature becomes even more practical. A daily, automatic domain & malware scan continuously checks the security of online stores. In case of relevant changes or malware findings, the administrators of the cluster are informed directly via email. The automatic report can be activated on clusters with Managed Business and Managed Enterprise service levels.
Daily, automatic snapshots can be configured for Elasticsearch instances. In addition, manual snapshots can be created if required. These are particularly helpful in the event of a version change, as snapshots can always be imported in the next major version of Elasticsearch. This makes the update easier and no complete re-index is necessary.
From now on, the installation of analysis, ingest and mapper plugins can be done directly in the Managed Center. The very frequently used plugins "analysis-icu" and "analysis-phonetic" are installed on all instances by default.
RabbitMQ is a message broker software that can be used together with Magento 2, for example. One possible use case is the decoupling of the order in the online store from the downstream processes. Sending the order confirmation by e-mail or transferring it to an ERP system then only takes place downstream. The user is redirected directly to the confirmation page. RabbitMQ will be integrated as a new function in the Managed Center and made available to all customers at no additional cost.
For our customers with Ubuntu clusters, the latest version 6 of the in-memory database Redis is provided. The update is optional for existing clusters and takes place via the Managed Center.
On April 23, the latest LTS version of Ubuntu was released. We have optimized our e-commerce stack for Ubuntu 20.04 and adapted our Managed Center so that we can now deploy clusters with the new operating system.
Software update history
In addition to a review of the latest software updates, the Managed Center also provides a preview of the package updates for the upcoming update day.
Customers running Ubuntu 18.04 Cluster can perform an optional update from Redis 4 to version 5 in the Managed Center.
Through several measures, such as additional DNS blocklists, we were able to significantly improve the effectiveness of our spam filters.
Elasticsearch heap size
The heap size for Elasticsearch can now be adjusted in the Managed Center. In addition, the load is displayed as a graph in the Managed Center monitoring.
Configure Tideways Environment
The value for the Tideways environment can now be configured from the Managed Center. This is especially useful if you want to collect data from live and staging clusters in a common Tideways account.
Empty Redis instances
The data of a Redis instance can now be emptied without detouring via the Managed Center. This function is also included in Cluster Control for integration into CI/CD processes.
The security of our customers is important to us. Therefore, with the ShopSecurity feature, we offer all our customers a tool to check their store installations for known and potential security vulnerabilities. All information about this can be found in our blog article Security for online shops ‒ The new ShopSecurity.
If you have not already done so, take the opportunity right now to familiarize yourself with the function and check your store.
The latest PHP version 7.4 can now be used on all clusters with Ubuntu 18.04 as operating system. A comprehensive overview of all relevant innovations and compatibility with existing applications is provided in our blog article PHP 7.4 - When is the update worthwhile?.
With the help of our new CLI tool Cluster Control, numerous actions can be performed that were previously only accessible directly via the Managed Center. This is particularly useful for implementing a CI/CD process, as databases and vHosts, among other things, can be created automatically. Further information on how to use it can be found in the Managed Center under Cluster Control.
It is now possible to perform a PHP FPM reload via the Managed Center and the Cluster Control Tools. This allows changes to the PHP configuration to be applied or the opcache and symlink cache to be cleared without having to perform a hard restart. Existing connections are only terminated after a timeout of 30 seconds, so that browser requests are generally not affected.