Update on CVE-2015-3456, aka the VENOM Security Vulnerability

Earlier today, CVE-2015-3456, a security vulnerability also known as VENOM was publicly announced. This bug in KVM/QEMU, our virtualization environment, could potentially exploit a VM’s virtual floppy driver as described in detail here and here. DigitalOcean has conducted a thorough audit of our platform and taken steps to mitigate the issue.

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Horizontally Scaling PHP Applications: A Practical Overview

Shipping a website or application to production has its own challenges, but when it gets the right traction, it’s a great accomplishment. It always feels good to see the visitor numbers going up, doesn’t it? Except, of course, when your traffic increases so much that it crashes your little LAMP stack. No matter what time or day it is, the cost of your app being offline is just too high, and in many cases it brings irreversible losses to a business.

But fear not! There are ways to make your PHP application much more reliable and consistent. If the term scalability crossed your mind, you've got the right idea.

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