Ruby on Rails is a framework that allows a web developer to rapidly design web applications which are capable of leveraging database back-ends with minimal effort.
Written in Ruby, Rails prefers convention and simple patterns to facilitate rapid development rather than relying on a myriad of complex and intermingling configurations files. The result is a web framework that allows you to transition from idea to implementation in a fraction of the time it might have required with other web frameworks.
The JumpBox for Ruby On Rails acts as a deployment system for your Rails projects. We understand that developers prefer to use their own tools for developing and deploying their applications, and so our JumpBox for Ruby on Rails politely remains out of your way until you've decided that it's time to deploy your application.
What is the value of deploying your Rails application with a JumpBox appliance? Quite simply, it allows you as the developer to concentrate on your development rather than having to accommodate the potentially infinite number of configuration possibilities that one might otherwise encounter in attempting to distribute Rails applications to end user systems.
As such, you needn't worry about the fact that your users will be hosting your application on a Linux, Mac OS X, or Windows computer. They won't be required to install MySQL to support your application, and for that matter, you needn't care about whether or not they even have Ruby installed... They won't need it because your application will operate within a fully self-contained virtual machine instance.
We feel that the proposition of significantly reducing installation and configuration support issues will be compelling enough of a reason to consider deploying your Rails application with the JumpBox for Ruby on Rails. Now, instead of being required to install Ruby, MySQL, Apache, and a potentially vast array of dependencies, your end user need only install a Virtual Machine platform such as VMWare, Parallels, or Xen. If they so desire, they can also easily host your application in a Cloud Computing environment such as Amazon EC2.
Here are some key features of "JumpBox for Ruby on Rails":
- An intuitive user interface to quickly guide users through deployment.
- A web-based control panel for simplified management of system functions.
- A backup system that enables data security and portability.
- Virtualization software. Any of: VMWare, Parallels, Xen Open Source, Microsoft Virtual Server, Microsoft Virtual PC, Virtual Iron
- For easiest use: a network that assigns dynamic IP addresses. (Most do)
- 3 GB Free disk space
- Minimum 1 GB System RAM
- Minimum 1 Ghz CPU
- Updates Ruby on Rails to version 3.2.13
- This is a security update to Ruby on Rails. See the release notes for detail: http://weblog.rubyonrails.org/2013/3/18/SEC-ANN-Rails-3-2-13-3-1-12-and-2-3-18-have-been-released/