Drupal Deployment and Hosting Solutions: A comparison of tools and services that facilitate development and maintenance
This session will compare and contrast some of the more prominent tools and services that allow users to clicky-d-click their way through sophisticated development, deployment and maintenance tasks.
Building a Drupal site can be a complicated ordeal and maintaining it can be a PITA. Moreover, if you are doing this for a living, you'll have to maintain more and more of sites over time, you'll have to work with others to get the job done and you'll be working on bigger and bigger projects that have less and less tolerance for downtime.
In order to keep yourself from drowning in it all you'll need to automate tasks, use version control and setup a staging environment. In the past, none of that was simple. Today, with the tools and services available for free, even beginners can take a stab at it.
But as with everything Drupal, there's more than one way to go about it and each has its advantages and disadvantages. I'll to a quick tour, comparing and contrasting three of the most powerful options I know of: Chapter Three's GetPantheon, Acquia's Drupal Gardens and Dev Cloud, and the Aegir provisioning system.
This session should have something interesting for both beginners and intermediates alike.