Those that have been aware of the VIP services have known that it’s a hosted solution for typically much larger sites and blogs. As a commercial arm of the much larger WordPress.com service, I can imagine that it’s a very profitable one at that. They are continuing to innovate and bring best-practice thinking to their customers.
In June of 2012 they revealed auto-deploys for static CSS and images – in this way they can have their clients launch and release code changes more quickly without sacrificing security and downtime and with over 3,000 commits already it’s not stopping:
Automatic deploys have now made deploying instantaneous for thousands of client code commits. Thanks to the automatic deploys, we’ve now auto-deployed more than 3,400 commits for VIP clients in the last 8 months!
We’re averaging between 15-20 auto-deploys a day, and we see that number steadily increasing. Many of our clients are also experimenting with LESS or Sass, and those .less and .sass files are auto-deployed as well.
The graphic provided speaks clearly to this trend:
It’s neat to see this back-end stuff from time to time to see how their commercial enterprise is scaling, not just as a business but as a development shop as well.
And as the largest commercial WordPress shop around it’s worth keeping tabs on what they are doing, how they are doing it, and even why they make the decisions that they do.