Archive for May, 2008

 

What Operating System Images and Applications do YOU want on GoGrid?

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008 by

A few days ago, I had an interesting conversation with a very excited GoGrid user. So much so, that he was working on getting all of his production websites migrated over to GoGrid, but only after he fully installed cPanel. Using cPanel, he said, would enable him to seamlessly migrate all of his clients’ sites. He kept running into little tweaks that he needed to do here and there, but kept working on it, happy that he could so easily build up and rip down server instances with GoGrid. Eventually, he got it to work. His ultimate suggestion? Get an Operating System image with cPanel installed, or at a minimum, have a bare-bones install of CentOS so that cPanel could be installed easily.

As we continue to build out the GoGrid Operating System images (shortly to roll out some new ones), I thought that it would make sense to ask what Open Source software you might want to see in upcoming template releases.

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My list of Open Source apps that I would want on Windows and/or Linux is growing and includes:

What about actual Operating Systems like Ubuntu or Debian?

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Quick Roundup of a few GoGrid Reviews

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008 by

GoGrid is starting to get some traction around the world. Many users are seeing how “controlling the cloud” is becoming the clear way to go when choosing a cloud hosting solution. Obviously, Amazon EC2 is pushing hard to be the leader and GoGrid is biting at their heels. In many cases, GoGrid actually offers a better service than many of the other cloud computing companies out there with offerings like:

  • Free F5 load balancing
  • Persistent servers
  • Linux AND Windows server images with full root or administrator access
  • Static IPs
  • Meter pricing
  • Facebook QuickStart Servers
  • Free Support

But don’t just take my word for it. Here are what others have to say:

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I guess you can think of GoGrid as Web 2.0 meets cloud computing with traditional hosting thrown in for a complete solution. If you’re a Facebook developer, give it a shot, it just might save you time and money while helping you start building your user-base, today.

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Get a “Free Server” at SF New Tech meetup on 5/13

Monday, May 12th, 2008 by

Tomorrow is SF New Tech and GoGrid will be there handing out “free servers!” The theme of tomorrow night’s event is “Wine, Women and a Whole Lot More!” Companies doing the 5 Minute Demos are: Nirvino, Zivity, Razz, MyMeemz/Skollar and Ribbit.

The event is at Mighty (119 Utah Street @ 15th) from 6:30pm to 11:00 pm PT. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. The schedule of events is as follows:

6:30 pm – Doors open
6:30 -7:30 pm – Schmooze
7:30 – 9:00 pm – Demos
9:00 – 11:00 pm Schmooze

GoGrid will have a table at this event so be sure to come by and ask us questions about GoGrid. You will walk away pleasantly surprised!

Facebook Application Hosting Comparison Matrix (Updated 2)

Monday, May 5th, 2008 by

8.27.08 – Note: Facebook and MySpace-enabled servers are currently unavailable on GoGrid. However, we have added other server images since the writing of this article. The table below has been slightly modified to reflect some changes. For a comparison of GoGrid to Amazon’s EC2, please see this page.

With the Facebook QuickStart Servers available now on GoGrid, we have received questions as to how the GoGrid service compares with others in the cloud computing and Facebook space. While this is not the “end-all” comparison, it does provide a point of reference between GoGrid, Amazon EC2 and Joyent.

Chart updated on 8/27/08.

GoGrid Amazon (EC2) Joyent
Windows Support YES NO NO
Linux Support YES YES NO
OpenSolaris Support NO NO YES
Graphical User Interface (GUI) YES NO NO
CPU 1 Xeon Core 1 Virtual Core 1/32 Xeon Core
RAM 1 GB 1.7 GB 512 MB
Storage Allotments (GB) 60 160 10
Full Root access YES YES YES
Load Balancing FREE $72/month NO
24×7 Support FREE $500/month NO
Price $72/month* $72/month FREE
Inbound data transfer (GB) FREE $0.10 500 recipients/hr
Outbound data transfer (GB) $0.25* $0.17 500 recipients/hr

*Pricing based on GoGrid Advanced Cloud and Transfer 200 GB plans

With GoGrid there are other choices as well for RAM and Storage allotments (1GB RAM servers have 60 GB disks and 2 GB RAM servers have 125GB disks). Key differentiators are the FREE support and Load Balancing offered by GoGrid as well as support for both Windows and Linux servers (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and CentOS 4.4.) More OS images are added on a regular basis so check back regularly.

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GoGrid at StartUp SF

Thursday, May 1st, 2008 by

Attendees of the inaugural meeting of StartUp SF, a new meetup for technologists, developers, entrepreneurs and startups in the San Francisco Bay Area, were given a great GoGrid gift, $100 off their first GoGrid account. But the value went further than just that including a valuable CD-ROM from Orrick containing helpful document templates useful in launching your own startup. Attendees also learned some important tips on how move their company “from concept to company” as delivered in a presentation by Jonathan Cobb, CTO and Founder of Kiptronic.

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StartUp SF is an event that is co-hosted by Orrick and ServePath designed to help “kick-start your startup” by providing a venue, topics and experts, as well as food and drink to facilitate the process.

More details on yesterday’s event can be found here and here. We were even lucky enough to get Pete Cashmore (of Mashable) to pose with Paul Lancaster (of ServePath) in one of our stylish GoGrid hats.

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More photos can be found on our Flickr photostream and the StartUp SF Facebook group. Don’t forget that GoGrid now really helps you get your Facebook app up and running FAST with the Facebook QuickStart Server Images for Windows and Linux!