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Up(sun) and running with Strapi: a seamless journey to a powerful decoupled headless CMS

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07 March 2024
Thomas di Luccio
Thomas di Luccio
DevRel Engineer

As the digital landscape continues to evolve, businesses and developers alike are searching for ways to optimize and streamline their workflows. Headless content management systems (CMS), like Strapi, have emerged as a game changer in this search. And with their power to deliver content seamlessly across multiple platforms, it's no wonder they're quickly gaining traction.

In this blog post, we'll delve into the effortless deployment of Strapi applications on Upsun. Enabling users to build great applications, minimize infrastructure management to support content updates, and shine the best possible light on the content they publish.

Beyond traditional CMS: the Strapi revolution

Strapi is a leading Node.js open-source headless CMS, providing complete customization and a developer-centric approach. It empowers developers by catering to their specific requirements, enabling them to design their content structure exactly as they envisioned it.

Being open source and API-first, Strapi offers the freedom to modify, customize, and adapt the software to any specific need. You can benefit from the flexibility of a top-notch CMS to manage content that will be displayed in one or more business applications.

Strapi and Upsun share the same philosophy: users should spend less time tweaking, and more time doing what they love most. Strapi believes developers shouldn’t have to reinvent the wheel and recode a CMS from scratch every time they need to inject content into a new application. At Upsun, we are strong believers that developers should be free to work on cool new features and add value to their end users, not constantly managing their infrastructure and deployment pipelines.

Strapi’s perfect partner in the cloud

All of the above is why we love Strapi so much—even the blog post you are reading now is served to you by a Strapi application.

Upsun empowers development teams with the flexibility to build—and the firepower to run—diverse applications on a single, self-service PaaS. By fully managing infrastructure and security, Upsun frees every developer to easily experiment, quickly iterate, and confidently deploy applications at scale.

As developers, we know the importance of having the leeway to experiment and iterate. Upsun provides just that. With its self-service PaaS, you can build diverse applications and harness the firepower to run them efficiently.

Think about the countless hours spent managing infrastructure, patches, and security concerns. With Upsun, those worries are a thing of the past. You focus on building; Upsun manages the rest.

Unlocking potential: strategies for scaling your Strapi application with Upsun

Whether you're starting small or aiming big, Upsun is built for growth. Easily scale your Strapi applications with peace of mind, knowing that Upsun is designed for large-scale operations.

Horizontal scaling: a multi-dimensional approach

Applications come in various shapes and sizes, and so do their scaling needs. Whether you're running a monolith or have embraced a decoupled architecture, Upsun's got you covered:

  • Multiple technologies and applications: launching multiple tech stacks for a single project? Upsun is adept at juggling various technologies, ensuring they work in tandem flawlessly.
  • Effortless worker and service management: as you grow, you may need more workers to manage tasks and maintain speed. You might also enrich your project with extra services. With Upsun, scaling the number of workers or adding more services is hassle-free and efficient.

Vertical scaling: precision and control at your fingertips

Scaling vertically can be seen as a daunting process or even an impossible one with a one-size-fits-all approach. With Upsun, that's far from reality as we put you in the driver’s seat:

  • Fine-grained resource control: Upsun’s intuitive interface and CLI allow you to dial up or down the resources you allocate to each service and container. This means you can control your cost and can easily adjust resources based on demand.
  • Seamless experience: no need for downtime or convoluted processes. Upsun ensures your vertical scaling is a seamless experience, keeping your applications running smoothly regardless of the changes behind the scenes.

Enhanced observability with Upsun

Every project deployed on Upsun benefits from advanced observability features, ensuring you have a clear line of sight into your application's health and performance.

On the infrastructure front, we provide detailed HTTP metrics and comprehensive infrastructure metrics, giving developers a holistic view of their system's operations.

Diving deeper into the application side, Continuous Profiling offers invaluable insights for performance tuning for NodeJS and Go applications. Additionally, full access to Blackfire is included for all PHP and Python applications allowing for in-depth analysis and optimization.

With Upsun, complete visibility isn't just an option—it's a guarantee. We are here to help you grow. We are siding with you by providing insights to help you and your application reach new heights.

Embark on your Strapi journey with Upsun

The synergy between Strapi and Upsun promises an unmatched deployment experience. If you're curious to see this powerful duo in action, we warmly invite you to give it a spin.

Our documentation provides a dedicated guide to seamlessly deploy Strapi on Upsun. It ensures you have all the resources at your fingertips. Dive in, explore, and witness firsthand the transformative power of deploying Strapi on Upsun—your next big project awaits.

Application development isn't a solo expedition. It's a collaborative quest, enriched by shared wisdom and collective troubleshooting. We encourage you to connect and share your experiences, queries, or insights in our dedicated Discord community.

Dive into a community where Strapi developers, just like you, come together to collaborate, discover, and advance in creating the upcoming wave of scalable, modular applications. We're eager to learn about your endeavors and explore how we can amplify your development voyage—see you there!


How can Upsun assist in maintaining compliance with industry standards for Strapi applications?
Upsun helps maintain compliance with industry standards for Strapi applications by offering built-in security features such as data encryption, access controls, and regular security audits. These measures ensure that your application meets regulatory requirements like GDPR and HIPAA, protecting sensitive data and maintaining compliance without the need for extensive additional configurations. 

What support does Upsun offer for disaster recovery in Strapi deployments?
Upsun provides robust disaster recovery support for Strapi deployments through automated backups and failover mechanisms. These features ensure that your data is regularly backed up and can be quickly restored in the event of a failure, minimizing downtime and data loss. The platform's infrastructure is designed to handle high availability and redundancy, providing peace of mind for business-critical applications.

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