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Nodejitsu has joined GoDaddy

We are excited to join GoDaddy to help spearhead their largest Node.js product: Website Builder. Please read our blog post to learn more about customer transition plans and our continued support for Open Source within the node community.

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Nodejitsu joins GoDaddy

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In 2010, Nodejitsu started with a simple idea: a company with Open Source in its DNA creating essential productivity tools focused on a new platform that most people had never heard of or were already dismissive of: Node.js. Back then the server-side JavaScript ecosystem was fragmented and diverse; with CommonJS the only (barely) unifying thread between names like Narwhal, Rhino and Node. Yet despite the obvious challenges, a fantastic community along with companies like Nodejitsu helped Node grow into the success it is today.

Now almost five years later, Nodejitsu and its team of Node.js veterans have a new path forward: we are joining the team at GoDaddy. We’ve been working very closely with GoDaddy over the last few months helping in their transition to Node.js and everyone at Nodejitsu was impressed with the transformation and big challenges they’re taking on to empower small businesses across the globe.

As a part of this acquisition, a lot of things are going to change and a lot of things are going to stay the same. What’s going to stay the same is our commitment to node (in all its forms), and to both supporting and fostering Open Source in the broader community. What’s going to change is that over the course of the next seven months, we will be helping all of our customers transition onto new solutions for their hosting needs. In other words:

  • Nodejitsu products will continue to run for the next seven months, then shutdown.
  • If you are a Platform-as-a-Service or Iris Couch customer, Nodejitsu will help you migrate onto a new vendor who we are vetting now.
  • All of Nodejitsu’s private npm registry product will be released as Open Source software as soon as it is ready.

That’s the 10,000 foot view. Lets dig into some of the details on the ground. If you’re an existing Nodejitsu customer rest assured we will be devoting ourselves to ensure that your transition is as smooth as possible.

I am an existing Nodejitsu customer. What does this mean for me?

As an operations company, we know that our services are critical to the operation of our customers’ businesses. Because of this, we are doing two things:

  1. Continuing to operate all of our products for seven months to ensure everyone has adequate time for any and all changes related to the transition.
  2. Devoting the necessary support resources during the transition period to ensure all of our customers can have their questions answered.

But where am I supposed to go? I depend on Nodejitsu!

If you are a Nodejitsu Platform-as-a-Service or Iris Couch customer, we don’t have a definitive answer for you yet. We are currently vetting other PaaS and DBaaS companies to find the most seamless transition for you. We will communicate the next step in your process towards the end of March once we have completed the vetting.

If you are a Nodejitsu private npm customer, you don’t have to do anything right now. As part of the acquisition, we wanted a way to show the community that GoDaddy has the same commitment to Open Source that we do. We decided the best way to do this was to release our private npm product as Open Source once it was part of the GoDaddy organization.

There is some cleanup work the Nodejitsu team needs to do before the code is ready for release. You can be confident it will be available long before the end of the transition period. This means that if you’re using our private npm registry now, you’ll be able to run it yourself on your own hardware very soon!

What will happen to all the Open Source modules from Nodejitsu?

We’re not kidding when we say we’re serious about Open Source. Over the last five years we’ve built projects that have resulted in over 5,000 closed issues and 3,000 closed pull requests. And you should know that absolutely nothing will change about these contributions and modules as part of GoDaddy, or the over 450 modules created and maintained by the Nodejitsu team. Each and every member of the Nodejitsu team has the same core values today that they had yesterday.

As an added bonus our Open Source contributions are going to get a serious boost through the added engineers and resources of a world-class organization like GoDaddy. OSS at GoDaddy has grown significantly in the last few years and we’re excited to be on board to help it continue to evolve.

What will the Nodejitsu team be doing at GoDaddy?

Beyond adding to the beachhead of Open Source, the Nodejitsu team will be helping spearhead the largest Node.js product at GoDaddy: Website Builder. Helping customers get online is a mission near and dear to Nodejitsu’s roots of helping developers get their Node.js applications online with the least amount of friction.

So long and thanks for all the JavaScript.

So this just about wraps it up. The big shebang as they say. From all of us at Nodejitsu: it has been a privilege helping grow Node.js as part of its vibrant ecosystem of companies. If you’re a Nodejitsu customer keep an eye on your email for the forthcoming communications from us regarding your transition. Otherwise, stay tuned for the big things we’ll be doing at GoDaddy!