As part of a complete infrastructure overhaul almost two years in the making, GoDaddy recently completed its “acqui-hire” of Nodejitsu, a Node.js deployment and management platform startup. Combined with the company’s partnership with Node.js API platform StrongLoop, and an active open-source presence in the Node.js community, the domain registrar and Web hosting company best known for its Super Bowl commercials is committing to Node.js as the foundation of its future.
In order to simplify the modern website creation and hosting capabilities of its Web Hosting and Website Builder tools for its small-business customer base, GoDaddy has revamped its entire back end to be a fully open-source Node.js-based infrastructure. Now the company is doubling down on its Node.js investment.
The growing Node.js ecosystem consists of companies and developers solving a wide range of problems, but Silveira believed GoDaddy’s use case affords it a unique perspective on what Node.js is capable of.
“Everyone is using Node.js as a middle-tier layer, so they look at it as a way to replace old, slow, very complicated deployment processes,” he said. “An obvious use case would be to replace your old Java API with a lean Node.js API to façade your old stuff. What we’re doing here is a little deeper: We’re rethinking our whole components.