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InfoWorld covers GoGrid in “Cloud versus Cloud” article

Monday, July 21st, 2008 by

iwLogo2_2006 Peter Wayner, contributing editor of the InfoWorld Test Center, today posted a side-by-side comparison of 4 Cloud Computing providers: Amazon EC2, Google App Engine, GoGrid and AppNexus, titled “Cloud versus cloud: A guided tour of Amazon, Google, AppNexus, and GoGrid.” What was fairly obvious was that there isn’t a clear “winner” simply because Cloud Computing is so new and standards are still being written. What was clear, is that Wayner believes that GoGrid is “easy to use” and differentiates itself through the offering of both Windows and Linux cloud server images.

Wayner writes:

“GoGrid also has a wider variety of OS images ready to go. There is the usual collection of CentOS/Fedora and common LAMP stacks. If you need Windows, you can have Windows Server 2003 with IIS 6.0, and Microsoft SQL Server is available at extra cost. There are also images with Ruby on Rails, PostgreSQL, and the Facebook application server. These make it a bit easier to start up. “

Wayner also recorded a video of his analysis of GoGrid. Below he shows how a GoGrid cloud server can be easily and quickly deployed as well as some of the management features within the GoGrid control panel:

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Press Round-up Covering GoGrid API Launch

Friday, July 18th, 2008 by

Yesterday we officially launched the new GoGrid API and I wanted to pass on a few notable mentions that recently appeared in the blogosphere. This release was a fairly significant event for us as well as for users of Cloud Computing because for the first time, users now have a choice of using either a slick and intuitive web-based interface or an Application Programming Interface (API), depending on their needs.

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Technology writer, Mark Gibbs, who has been closely following GoGrid’s progress over the past few months writes:

“The GoGrid API is remarkable because of its depth – through a REST-style interface it provides access to everything that the GoGrid platform can do including configuring components, starting and stopping services, and retrieving status information as well as real time usage and billing data. “

He continues by discussing some possible options for hooking the GoGrid API into a Microsoft Visio COM object or C# to use Visio to diagram and control the service architecture. He extends this idea to incorporate the use of Business Objects’ Xcelsius to potentially create comprehensive GoGrid dashboards.

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GoGrid’s Cloud Computing API is LIVE!

Thursday, July 17th, 2008 by

If you were watching closely, the GoGrid API was released at the end of last week. Today however, we are making it official! With the release of the API, GoGrid users can now programmatically control their cloud infrastructure on GoGrid. What is truly unique about this offering is that we are the first Cloud Computing provider to provide both a web-based control panel/GUI (Graphical User Interface) and an API (Application Programming Interface), coupled with Windows and Linux cloud servers, free load balancing and support, free static IPs and more.

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API’s are critical to many Developers and System Administrators who are looking to have even more rigorous control over their environments. The GoGrid API provides the ability to:

  • create interactive GoGrid management applications
  • allow Resellers to skin their own GoGrid portals
  • script and link various GoGrid commands for automation
  • connect GoGrid functions to other management tools or environments
  • query and retrieve real-time information on billing, usage and GoGrid devices and objects

When we created the API, we wanted to be sure that it not only lived up to our phrase “Control in the Cloud” but also that it was easy to use, well documented and feature-rich. Others in the Cloud Computing space (like Amazon’s EC2) elected to release an API first and then hope that others would build more friendly interfaces around that API. We decided to produce the web GUI first (so that everyone from novices to tech-savvy users could use GoGrid immediately) and then round off our offering with the API (more skewed towards Programmers and Developers).

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Cost of Unit of Cloud Computing – GoGrid Makes It Easy

Thursday, July 17th, 2008 by

zdnet_logo Phil Wainewright, writer for ZDNet, posed the question “How much is a unit of cloud computing?” in his Software as a Service article. He brings up an interesting point. There are many Cloud Computing providers that offer differing types of billing models and mentions Dan Farber’s 3 year old comment: “…an industry standard definition of CPU per hour usage doesn’t exist. There is no equivalent to kilowatt hours or the price of a barrel of oil for CPU usage.”

His article continues to discuss how standards have not emerged, which is expected due to the “newness” of the Cloud Computing industry. There are several Cloud Computing providers that seem to have adopted this billing model…and users are still confused.

We took a different approach with GoGrid and instead of calculating pricing based on a complex algorithm or formula derived from CPU cycles (which are cryptic enough), we base it on RAM utilization. GoGrid billing is based on a 1 GB RAM Hour. That makes things simple. If you have a 1GB RAM cloud server deployed on GoGrid for 1 hour, it costs $0.19. There are, of course, volume pricing plans available which drive down the per unit cost, but this is a very tangible amount that people can easily calculate. A calculator is all that you need.

GoGrid even provides a pricing widget within the web GUI that allows you to estimate your costs based on your deployed servers (e.g., servers in a started or stopped state).

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GoGrid provides an alternative to other Cloud Computing providers not only in the rich feature set offered but also in the billing process. It’s easy, you just need a credit card to deploy and load balance your network infrastructure in the Cloud…and you can do it in minutes.

TechCrunchIT Covers GoGrid Hitting Milestone of 1000 Paying Customers

Monday, July 7th, 2008 by

TechCrunchITTechCrunchIT, the latest property of TechCrunch, released a story about GoGrid reaching its 1000th paying customer since the service entered public beta in  mid-March. TechCrunchIT “obsessively” profiles products and companies in the Enterprise Technology space, aiming to “promote an understanding of emerging and existing Enterprise technologies.”

TechCrunchIT was able to set up a quick infrastructure on GoGrid, complete with 2 Web Servers, 1 Database Server and Load Balance the entire thing in under 30 minutes from server and load balancer creation to serving web pages from a blog. The server instances only “took a few minutes” to create and were fully configured within another 10-15 minutes.

TechCrunchIT makes a particular point around the ease-of-use of GoGrid’s web interface compared to other Cloud offerings that do not offer anything similar:

“The control panel and feedback interface has a definite advantage.”

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There is some discussion around the RAM GB hour, comparisons to EC2 and CPU horsepower. Users with questions around any of these topics should review the following: (more…) «TechCrunchIT Covers GoGrid Hitting Milestone of 1000 Paying Customers»