A lot has happened in the Magento world since beeing purchased by Adobe. There is no doubt that it is on its way to become one of the most solid eCommerce tools out there, but there is a feel that taking the PaaS path has alienated some strong believers in the open-source ideology. As there is some uncertainty, we decided to take a look at the present and see the options that merchants have.
Having purchased Magento in 2018, Adobe made no secret of its plans to integrate it with its digital products and create one of the most powerful eCommerce platforms available. The product, named Adobe Commerce Cloud, leveraged both the power of Magento together with the complex tools offered by Adobe Experience Cloud, a collection of AI-driven applications designed for creating unmatched customer experiences.
Until this year, even if Adobe Commerce Cloud was available, merchants still had the possibility to purchase 2 versions of Magento – Magento Commerce Cloud and Magento Commerce on prem. The open-source Magento version is still available to download free of charge.
However, a few months ago, Adobe took the final step in unifying its eCommerce products under one brand, Adobe Commerce, and announced the termination of the Magento Commerce products. Technical support for the two Magento products remains unchanged for the time being, but as of that moment going forward, merchants who wish to run their stores on Magento have either the option to go for the PaaS Adobe Commerce version, only suitable for the largest merchants, or hire a specialized team and develop their store based on Magento open-source.
The PaaS version is one of the most complex eCommerce solutions on the market at this time, but it comes with a high price tag. The open-source version comes with limited capabilities out of the box, but with the help of a specialized development team, can be customized to fit every needs.
Even if Adobe kept the Magento open-source branding unchanged as a way to recognize the community as the main drive for Magento, talks at the Adobe Summit 2021 about decomposing the PHP Monolith and replacing it with microservices have generated quite a stir in the community.
Feeling that moving towards composable microservices hosted in the cloud will be only suitable for largest merchants, the community took a stance and issued an open letter which has been signed by more than 1400 individuals (at the time of the article), in which the necessity of maintaining and evolving a fork based on a PHP Monolith structure is presented.
The community will focus on bringing all factors together – the Magento Association, and, through them, Adobe – so that in future, when the monolith is ultimately deprecated by Adobe, the fork will be compatible with Magento open-source, and all companies who want to remain on the monolith platform will be able to do so.
To summarize, this is quite a big challenge in the existence of Magento and a big determinant if we will see a platform accessible to big retailers only, or one with a focus on all merchants, big AND small.